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Former Packers OC Philbin works Combine as Dolphins coach

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – Joe Philbin worked the NFL Combine as a head coach for the first time Thursday. The former Packers offensive coordinator said things weren’t that different from his days in Green Bay – instead of 30 offense-only interviews he’s now doing 60. As much as the Combine is a football junkie’s paradise, Philbin is never too far from his own personal issues. His 21-year-old son Michael drowned in the Fox River and died in early January after spending time with friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Philbin coached the Packers in a 37-20 loss a week later. Less than a week after, he was named Miami head coach. Philbin said this week has brought back a lot of emotions. “It’s been great seeing some familiar faces the last couple hours, but it’s been hard as well,” Philbin said. “Like I said in Miami the day I got introduced, it’s been the best of times and the worst of times. I feel very fortunate I’ve got a wonderful family and tremendous friends that I’m very, very fortunate to have. “I’m anxious to build a program that our fans and alumnus that can be proud of.” Philbin, who has five other children, said the family has moved to the Miami area with wife Diane – which they wouldn’t have normally done so quickly. “In a normal year, I would have stayed down in Miami and Diane and the kids would have finished up in school and done that,” Philbin said. “But this isn’t a normal year. They’re all down there already and kind of in temporary housing now. Trying to get the kids acclimated in school. We’re trying to move forward as a family. It’s great having them down there. “Some days have been better than others. Considering all the things that have gone on, we’re doing as best as we can.” Philbin said the quick turn-around after the playoff loss didn’t affect the biggest interview of his life. “I kind of had a plan,” Philbin said. “Obviously I’d interviewed the week of our open week. I had some things ready to go, so to speak. I knew one thing, I knew the things I believed in as a coach and if I was ever given the opportunity, I knew how I would want to do things and I think I could articulate them to a general manager or an owner. “That wasn’t necessarily the issue at that point in time. Those thoughts were already in place.” Packers quarterback Matt Flynn was a constant topic considering his upcoming free agency and the connection to Philbin. Miami is in need of a quarterback after they announced they would not extend Chad Henne. Philbin was asked several questions from several angles, but politely dodged them all. Philbin, though, did discuss whether he planned to run Mike McCarthy’s offense. “We’re going to run the Miami Dolphin offense,” Philbin said. “It’s going to be a collaborative effort. Mike Sherman’s our coordinator. He’s got great experience in the league. Obviously, his offenses at Texas A&M were extremely productive. We’ve got a good staff. “They may let me have one idea or two, but we’re going to run our offense. I don’t know that it’s going to have anybody’s one name attached to it.”

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