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NFL meetings day 2: Philbin reflects

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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PALM BEACH, Fla. — Dolphins coach Joe Philbin drew the largest group of media members at this morning’s AFC coaches breakfast. Surely, it was because of the proximity of the NFL annual meetings at The Breakers resort to Miami. The former Packers offensive coordinator was his usual self, mixing some serious football talk with his wry sense of humor. At one point in the middle of a litany of questions about his roster, Philbin was asked whether the Dolphins would be a candidate for the HBO documentary show “Hard Knocks,” which follows one team’s every move in training camp. Philbin quipped: “I’m built for radio, not TV.” After his hour-long session with the Miami media, Philbin spent some time with a couple of reporters who cover the Packers and shared his thoughts about how he and his family are dealing with the death of his 21-year-old son Michael, who drowned in the Fox River the week before the Packers-Giants playoff game. Philbin moved his family to Florida almost immediately after he got the job largely to aid in the grieving process. Under any other circumstances, Philbin's family probably would have remained in Green Bay to finish out the school year. “I feel badly, my son is a (high school) senior and is finishing his classes online and is not part of his senior year, so it’s just tough on him,” Philbin said. “We just didn’t want the family to be apart. With the passing of Michael, and we just felt like it’s what we had to do, and they’ve been great about it. Some days are better than others. We’re still working through a lot of stuff, but it’s been good. “We’re hopefully moving into our house this weekend. We’ve got a house about the same distance from the office as we lived in Green Bay, so we’re real excited about that. My daughter, Colleen, goes to school right behind my office, and she’s really doing great. The other kids are doing well. Considering all factors, things are going about as well as possible … considering.” When it was suggested that the move to Miami would be good because “the Fox River doesn’t run through South Florida,” Philbin said: “I hope so. I hope so. It’s not like we’re ... you know ... we’re still sad — a lot. But I hope it’s better. I hope it’s better. I don’t know if it’s going to be better, but we hope so.”  

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