GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who left Green Bay in 2012 to become the Miami Dolphins head coach, is expected to rejoin coach Mike McCarthy’s staff, sources told ESPN.
Philbin spent nine seasons with the Packers, including five as offensive coordinator.
McCarthy is still restructuring his staff and redefining roles, but Philbin is expected to take on many of the offensive coordinator duties regardless of what his actual title will be. McCarthy will continue calling plays for the offense.
Edgar Bennett will not return as offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt let his contract expire in order to explore other NFL jobs. Receivers coach Luke Getsy left to become the offensive coordinator at Mississippi State.
The 56-year-old Philbin spent the last two seasons as the Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach and assistant head coach.
Philbin went 24-28 in three-plus seasons as the Dolphins head coach before he was fired four games into the 2015 season.
Philbin was highly thought of around the Packers, and was one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ favorite coaches.
“Every time he stood up in front of the offense and talked, he had the respect of the players,” Rodgers said before the Packers played the Dolphins in 2014. “Because we saw how hard he worked, his passion for the game, the way that he talked and the way that he cared about his players. Those were all qualities that a good head coach needs. So it was tough to see him go, but you can definitely see it back then.
“I owe a lot of my success to working under him. He helped me a lot over the years with different reminders.”
McCarthy reportedly also filled the receivers spot with another Colts assistant, Jim Hostler, according to the Sporting News. McCarthy and Hostler worked together in 2005 for the San Francisco 49ers, where McCarthy was the offensive coordinator and Hostler coached quarterbacks.
McCarthy has at least three positions to fill on defense, including defensive coordinator after he fired Dom Capers. McCarthy started the interview process with three internal candidates – Winston Moss, Darren Perry and Joe Whitt. McCarthy also has been sitting in on interviews for the vacant general manager position. A source said he was been heavily involved in the process.