Dolphins Hire Packers Offensive Coordinator Philbin as Coach

Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has been hired as the next head coach of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, General Manager Jeff Ireland said.

The hiring comes less than two weeks after Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael T. Philbin, was found dead in a river in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

“The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around, and working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition,” Philbin said last night in a statement.

Philbin, 50, has been with Green Bay since 2003 and has been offensive coordinator since 2007. He replaces Tony Sparano, who was fired by the Dolphins on Dec. 12 after compiling a 29-33 record in three-plus seasons and was hired by the New York Jets as offensive coordinator on Jan. 11.