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Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 5:16 pm
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Philbin (AP)

Joe Philbin at the funeral service for his son, Michael (AP).By Josh Katzowitz

When new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was asked during his introductory news conference Friday how he was dealing with the death of his son while experiencing his biggest triumph as a football coach, Philbin answered by telling a short story of what his life has become since 21-year-old Michael drowned in an icy Wisconsin river on Jan. 8.

When Philbin flew home to Green Bay from Miami after interviewing for the first time with owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland about two weeks ago, he said he was “at 30,000 feet in the air and felt great about things.”

Then, his son died and “we had a beautiful service eight days ago,” Philbin said. “I can’t tell you how touched we were as a family by the tremendous outpouring from the community.” He coached in the Packers loss last week vs. the Giants, and afterward, he said he felt dejected with what had happened to his life.

“I came home Sunday night and the TV hadn’t been on for a week,” Philbin said. “I don’t know, maybe the Dolphins had already hired a head coach. I talked to my son, Tim, and he asked me what the Dolphins were doing.

Said Joe: “I have no idea what they’re doing.”

“You’re going to go after the job, aren’t you?”

“I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

“You’d better go after that job. Your son, Michael, would have wanted you to go after the job.”

And that immediately changed Joe Philbin’s perspective. Snapped him, for the time being at least, out of his funk. “That,” he said, “was the start of me getting back and getting moving again.”

Amazingly, in the presser, Joe Philbin then laughed.

"This family is like the Griswold’s,” Philbin said, referring to the National Lampoon Vacation movies. “We’re an all-in family. We have heart and soul in what we do. We’re excited about coming to south Florida. We’re going to get down here and get immersed in the community as quickly as possible.”

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Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:33 pm
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Jack, i promise i'm not being sarcastic here. I just don't understand the phrase. A 'reed' like a saxophone reed? Is that biblical?



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

AA-LMAO!! YOU are hella hilarious, dudeski. I've thought this country and its sense of humor has been way too politically correct for many years now; i believe if something's funny, no matter how controversial, say it! Now YOU, good sir, have taken my beliefs one step further: You've taken a subject that literally has NOTHING REMOTELY FUNNY about it at all, and made an 'amusing' comment so lame, so desperate for attention, and so brainless that it's not even worth reading a second time to attempt to make sense of it! Who needs Pauly Shore or CarrotTop? We got A squared, baby!
Oh, and please-attempt to rebut. I'm in the perfect mood to send another double-digit I.Q'd poster cryin' to his mommy.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:52 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Keep it classy Philly fan as usual.  This is why Philly fans are looked at the way they are.


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Since: Jan 21, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:06 am
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Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:09 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Philbin is obviously very strong and focused emotionally.  Just what the Phins need after their offense was run into the ground by Brian 'the dolt' Deadbolt.


But what is it with this smell?  Was Philbin's son in the back seat?


That would be tough for anyone to take after finding their kid face down in an icy river, even if he was a convicted criminal (for rape, I believe).     



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:16 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

" Have no idea how he possibly could be that strong. "  --JJAG

Be as the reed and not like the mighty oak. 



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:46 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

In all seriousness, good luck to Coach Philbin-I agree, his inner strength must be unparallelled. I'd be a basket case.



Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:43 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

I think you're all blanked in the head. We're 2 hours from the blankin' fun park and you wanna turn around! (OK, not positive on anything after "fun park"-was always laughing so hard i missed the rest of the sentence.)



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:03 am
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Have no idea how he possibly could be that strong



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:42 pm
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

: Roy... can I call you Roy? Have you even driven cross-country?
: Oh, hell yes. Drove the whole family to Florida. Worst two weeks I ever spent in my life. The smell from the back seat was terrible.
: Ooooh. Ooooh, I know that smell. Roy, could you imagine if you had driven all the way to Florida and it was closed?
: Closed? Uh, they don't close Florida.



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