Mike McCarthy happy to see Joe Philbin get Dolphins job

Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin had not previous relationship when McCarthy arrived in 2006 as the team’s head coach.

Philbin was a holdover from the Mike Sherman regime and quickly Philbin made an impression on his new boss, one that made McCarthy extremely proud to see Philbin become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Friday.

After the first year was just very impressed with him,” McCarthy said, according to Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Knew I had an outstanding football coach and an even better person.

“You start personally with his character. He’s a family man, a very respected individual on our staff. Professionally, I think he’s an outstanding communicator. Very knowledgeable. Great work ethic. He had all the qualities that you’re looking for.

“I think Joe is probably one of the most consistent individuals I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. He’s the same guy every day. Doesn’t overreact to situations. Certainly has his priorities in line.”

McCarthy said he is not in a hurry to replace Philbin. It will be interesting to see if linebackers coach Winston Moss or another Packers assistant will get a serious look from the Oakland Raiders. If the Packers lose another assistant and they take some coaches with them, McCarthy could have a lot of work to do to rebuild his staff.

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