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Joseph Anthony Philbin (born July 2, 1961) is an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Philbin was also the offensive coordinator of the Packers from 2007 to 2011, helping them win Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Most recently, Philbin served as interim head coach of the Green Bay Packers for the final four games of the 2018 NFL season after serving as the offensive coordinator for the first part of the season.

Joe Philbin
Personal information
Born: (1961-07-02) July 2, 1961 (age 58)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Career information
High school:Longmeadow (MA)
College:Washington & Jefferson
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:26–30 (.464)
Career:26–30 (.464)


Early lifeEdit

Philbin was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Paul and Mary Philbin. He attended Longmeadow High School and did a post-grad year at Worcester Academy. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1984, where he obtained a B.A. in sociology and played one year on the football team.[1] He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[2] He pursued a Master of Education in administration and supervision from Tulane University in 1986.[3]

Coaching careerEdit


From 1984 to 2002, Philbin coached at the collegiate level. As the offensive coordinator, he helped win an NCAA Division III Football Championship with Allegheny College in 1990. In 1998, he was offered the position of head football coach at his alma mater, Washington & Jefferson, but turned down the position to coach at Iowa.[4] He served under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa from 1999–2002.[5]

Green Bay PackersEdit

In 2003, Philbin joined the Green Bay Packers coaching staff. He spent nine years in Green Bay. During his tenure as offensive coordinator (2007–2011), the Packers offense ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for points scored and total yards every year, including their Super Bowl season.[6]

Miami DolphinsEdit

In January 2012, Philbin was named the tenth head coach of the Miami Dolphins,[7] beating out interim coach Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who were the other two finalists for the job. Philbin praised the Dolphins as a team with a "strong nucleus to build around," and the "passion" of the fans, players and management. Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross stated that Philbin has all of the attributes that he was looking for in a head coach.[8] Philbin guided the team to a 24–28 record during his time as the Dolphins head coach, unable to lead it to a winning record or make the playoffs.[9] Through his first three seasons, the offense improved from a ranking of 27 to 11, but the defense slid from 7th to 20th. Philbin was fired by the Dolphins after a 1–3 start to the 2015 season. Reaction about the end of Philbin's tenure was met favorably by most fans and media alike. Tight ends coach Dan Campbell replaced Philbin as the team's interim head coach.[10]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Philbin was hired by the Colts as offensive line and assistant head coach ahead of the 2016 season.[11] He replaced Hal Hunter, who was let go following the 2015 campaign.[12]

Return to PackersEdit

On January 10, 2018, Philbin was hired by the Green Bay Packers to once again serve as offensive coordinator, which he previously did from 2007 until 2011 when he was hired as the Dolphins head coach.[13]

On December 2, 2018, after a 17–20 Packers home loss to the 2–9 Arizona Cardinals, Philbin was named interim head coach of the Packers, after Mike McCarthy was fired.[14] He was released at the conclusion of the 2018 season, along with most of McCarthy's staff.

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIA 2012 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC East
MIA 2013 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC East
MIA 2014 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC East
MIA 2015 1 3 0 .250 (fired)
MIA Totals 24 28 0 .462 0 0 .000
GB* 2018 2 2 0 .500
GB Totals 2 2 0 .500
Total 26 30 0 .464 0 0 .000

* – Interim head coach

Coaching treeEdit

NFL head coaches under whom Joe Philbin has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Mike Sherman Green Bay Packers 2003–2005
Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers 2006–2011, 2018
Chuck Pagano Indianapolis Colts 2016

Assistant coaches under Joe Philbin who have become NFL head coaches:

Coach Team Year(s)
Zac Taylor Cincinnati Bengals 2019–present

Personal lifeEdit

Philbin is married to Diane Marie Philbin (née Donahue). Their son, Michael, was reported missing on January 8, 2012. The following evening, a body pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh was confirmed to be 21-year-old Michael Philbin.[15] Toxicology results later showed that Michael had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death.[16]

In 2014 in Florida, Matthew Philbin[who?] crashed his vehicle into another car and fled the scene of the accident.[17]


  1. ^ "W&J Grad Named Head Coach of Miami Dolphins". Washington & Jefferson College. January 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2. ^ Lichtenauer, Tad (March 2011). "Super Bowl Champion Coach". Cross and Crescent. Lambda Chi Alpha. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Former WPI Football Assistant Joe Philbin Named Miami Dolphins Head Coach". WPI Athletics. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ Jackson, Barry (January 29, 2010). "Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants aggressive, creative offense". The Miami Herald. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "'Master teacher' Joe Philbin returns to his roots with the Colts". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ NFL website
  7. ^ Miami Herald report on the Miami Dolphins
  8. ^ Smith, Jason. "Dolphins hire Packers OC Philbin to be next head coach". Wire Reports. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Walker, James. "Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin after team stumbles to 1–3 start". ESPN. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Stites, Adam. "Joe Philbin fired by Miami Dolphins". SB Nation. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Colts hire Joe Philbin as new offensive line coach". USA TODAY. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Packers hire Joe Philbin, Mike Pettine as coordinators".
  14. ^ "Packers fire McCarthy after loss to Cardinals". Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  15. ^ Rymer, Zachary D. (January 9, 2012). "Son of Packers Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin Found Dead". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  16. ^ Gould, Izzy (August 5, 2012). "Philbin issues statement in response to death of Andy Reid's son". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
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