Tag:Joe Philbin
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:00 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 10:24 pm
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How will Philbin, Dolphins deal with Marshall?

Some Fins players reportedly thought Sparano and his staff coddled Marshall. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Brandon Marshall's physical skills are undeniable. But the off-field distractions and occasional on-field lapses make him more mercurial diva than dominating downfield threat. His wife was accused of stabbing him last April, and in December, Marshall was temporarily detained for refusing to pay a cab fare. Then there are the issues with teammates and the random observations about his pregame preparations. (Then, when the games don't matter, Marshall goes off. Of course he does.)

So, yes, Marshall is viewed as something of an enigma. But according to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the previous coaching staff led by Tony Sparano also served as Marshall's enablers.

"There’s curiosity internally in seeing how the new staff deals with Marshall. Some players thought the former staff looked the other way when he did foolish things (like spiking a ball off Vontae Davis’ face)," Jackson wrote Sunday.

Will new head coach Joe Philbin's staff demand more from Marshall? No idea, but here's how these things work on every team: the best players, or those physically gifted with gobs of potential, are given more leeway than the eighth guy on the practice squad. Media and fans are occasionally indignant when some players are given second, third and fourth chances for breaking the law or violating team rules while other players are promptly cut.

Marshall, in the right offense, can be dangerous. From 2007-2009, he caught at least 307 passes for 3,710 yards and 23 touchdowns. And despite "all the other stuff" since he arrived in Miami in 2010, he's averaged 84 receptions, 1,114 yards and 4.5 touchdowns. And that's with Chad Henne and Matt Moore throwing him the ball.

During the Pro Bowl three weeks ago, Marshall noted Moore's accomplishments under tough circumstances last season. But he also understood that Moore ain't a franchise quarterback.

"Obviously, Matt [Moore] had a great year," Marshall said. "You don't want to take anything away from Matt, but I think we really bring in somebody who can compete and make the team better."

Which is why Marshall has reached out to Matt Flynn, the Packers quarterback who will draw plenty of interest should he become a free agent.

"Hey man, listen, I'm out here at the Pro Bowl, and I'm not getting no balls thrown to me!" Marshall joked to NFL.com's Jeff Darlington. "I need a quarterback. You've got Big Ben throwing to [Mike] Wallace, you've got Philip throwing to [Antonio] Gates and Vincent [Jackson], you've got Andy throwing to A.J. [Green]. I'm the only guy out here, man!"

Then there's this: new Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman doesn't think the team is that far away.

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Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:30 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Matt Flynn eager for free agency, chance to start

Flynn loves Green Bay but he also wants to be a starter. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Assuming that Peyton Manning isn't in line for some Mr. Miyagi-style healing in the coming weeks, conventional wisdom is that Packers backup Matt Flynn will be the most sought after quarterback in free agency.

Through no fault of his own, Flynn has drawn comparisons to Kevin Kolb, a former Eagles second-round pick who was traded to the Cardinals prior to the 2011 season for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round pick, and then promptly signed a $63 million extension, including $20 million in guarantees.

Kolb made seven starts during his four years in Philly, but was underwhelming in nine games as Arizona's starter last season.

Flynn, meanwhile, has two career starts and his numbers in those games are astounding: 55 of 81 for 731 yards (67.9 completion percentage), nine touchdowns, two interceptions and eight sacks. By comparison, Kolb's numbers in his seven starts for the Eagles: 148 for 239 (61.9 completion percentage), 10 TDs, 9 INTs, 15 sacks.

Free agency doesn't begin until March 13 and unless the Packers decide to re-sign Flynn before then, there's not much he can do.

"I'm a confident person but the element of the unknown makes you wish March 13 was tomorrow," Flynn said this week according to Sports Illustrated. "I've loved being a Packer, and it's not 100 percent sure I'm leaving Green Bay, but as a competitor and football player, that's what you play the game for -- to be a starter in the league. Hopefully some teams will be interested in me and I can find a good opportunity. I want to lead a team and I'm excited about it. But I can't talk to teams now. I don't know if I'm on their radar. It's going to be a long month leading up to that time -- waiting and wondering."

The Dolphins are the front runners for Flynn's services. Former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is Miami's new head coach and he knows Flynn well. And unlike Kolb's situation in Arizona -- he hadn't worked previously with Ken Whisenhunt and the Cards' offense is nothing like the Eagles' -- Flynn would likely be running a version of the Packers' offense in Miami.

"You can have all the confidence in the world but those two NFL starts were important for me and more important for my teammates, especially the New England game (in 2010)," Flynn said. "After that, they knew if something happened to Aaron, I could keep us competitive."

During a conference call with reporters earlier this week, NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock called Flynn "interesting."

“When you look at the history of quarterbacks that were back-up guys and played a few games and then moved on and got paid a lot of money, there’s been mixed results there," he said. "… The bottom line to me, the league has minimal amount of tape on him and the league didn’t think that highly on him coming out of college.”

That's not to say players can't grow, especially in their first few years in the league (if that was an absolute truth, Tom Brady wouldn't be married to Gisele Bundchen). Still, concerns remain: “Over eight, 10 games when the league has a chance to get tape on Matt Flynn, how effective will he be?” Mayock asked. 

But such issues aren't unusual; the Dolphins are intimately familiar trying to find a franchise quarterback.

(This is quite possibly one of the saddest lists you'll ever see; after Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season, Miami's top passers in the 12 seasons since include Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Gus Frerotte, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne and Matt Moore.)

As for those Peyton-to-South Beach rumors that were swirling during Super Bowl week, Flynn's not paying attention.

"I try not to worry about things I can't control so there's no reason to have negative thoughts about that, " he told SI. "My goal is to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and all I can ask for is an opportunity to find a good situation with a team that wants me. And then go there and have success."

For now we wait. Free agency doesn't start for another three weeks.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:10 am
 

Matt Flynn to Miami still would be a risk

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By Josh Katzowitz

People can’t seem to help but get excited about Packers and soon-to-be free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Although he’s only started two career games in four seasons, all spent backing up Aaron Rodgers, his time on the field has been productive. Hell, it’s been record-setting, like when he set franchise marks with 480 passing yards and six touchdowns in Green Bay’s Week 17 win vs. the Lions.

Since that performance, the Redskins and Dolphins reportedly have had interest in obtaining his services, and though Miami could very well go after Peyton Manning if the Colts cut him loose, receiver Brandon Marshall reached out to Flynn about making the move to south Florida.

"Obviously, Matt [Moore] had a great year," Marshall said at the Pro Bowl. "You don't want to take anything away from Matt, but I think we really [should] bring in somebody who can compete and make the team better."

That person, in Marshall’s mind, could be Flynn, but there are two things to remember before Miami fans welcome Flynn with a ticker-tape parade in South Beach.

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1) Flynn has taken significant snaps only twice in the past two years. Sure, he performed well in both cases -- he nearly beat the Patriots in 2010 -- but it’s still only two games. That isn’t much of a sample size.

2) Current Dolphins starter Matt Moore had a solid year, taking over for Chad Henne as Miami’s quarterback. Yes, Flynn probably has a more exciting name, though certainly not a better resume, and he has more upside than Moore. But Moore has proven he’s a solid quarterback in the league. We can’t say that yet about Flynn.

But here’s why the Flynn-to-Miami rumblings make sense. New coach Joe Philbin is coming off a strong reign as the Packers offensive coordinator, and though most of us don’t know how Flynn performs on a daily basis at practice, you can be sure Philbin knows exactly what Flynn can do. And if Philbin wants Flynn, how could anybody argue that?

“With Matt Flynn, know what he can’t do, and make sure you build the offense around things he can do,” Lombardi told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “Obviously, Joe Philbin knows him.”

Still, that doesn’t mean Flynn isn’t a risk. After all, remember the $63 million contract the Cardinals bestowed on Kevin Kolb last offseason, even though Kolb only had a limited resume? How well did that work out for Arizona?

“I don’t think it’s risky to go get him. I think it’s risky to give him $60 million, or give him $20 million over two years like Kevin Kolb,” Lombardi told the Post. “I think there’s a lot of chance for failure there.”

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Dolphins hire Mike Sherman as OC

Sherman's reportedly set to become the Dolphins OC. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Mike Sherman missed out on the Buccaneers job when Tampa hired Greg Schiano of Rutgers, and his consolation prize will be the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.

The team officially announced Friday evening that Sherman would take over Miami's offense and that Miami had hired Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle to fill the defensive coordinator position.

“I’m excited that Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle have decided to accept the positions of offensive and defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, respectively,” said Dolphins coach Joe Philbin in a statement.“They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character, and teaching ability. They are both very passionate about the game of football and the players they coach, and that enthusiasm is evident in the meetings rooms and on the field. They are excellent family men and I’m thrilled they are joining the Dolphins’ football family. I can’t wait to get started to work with them.”

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Sherman and Philbin have a long history together, as Sherman originally hired Philbin with the Packers. Sherman was the head coach in Green Bay from 2000-05, and posted a 57-39 record during that time.

He was also offensive coordinator with the Seahawks in 1999 and the Texans in 2007. Sherman's only had two team (1999 Seahawks; 2005 Packers) finish lower than 15th in total offensive yardage and only one team (2005 Packers) finish lower than 12th in points per game in the NFL.

Coyle's been with the Bengals for 11 years. Most recently, he's coaxed some excellent seasons out of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph, and it warrants noting his work with Pacman Jones as well. The Bengals were ninth in passing yards allowed in 2011 and fourth in net yards allowed per attempt last season as well.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:45 pm
 

Report: Philbin won't retain Bowles in Miami

BowlesBy Josh Katzowitz

Todd Bowles has been linked to the head coaching openings in Oakland and, considering he was the Dolphins interim after the organization fired Tony Sparano, in Miami. Instead, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hired Joe Philbin as the head coach, and now, it appears Bowles is out of a job completely.

That’s the word from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which writes that Philbin won’t return Bowles to his previous position as defensive coordinator and won’t consider him for a secondary coach job.

Since he was hired last week, Philbin has met with Sparano’s holdover assistant coaches, but he apparently is interested in hiring Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle as Miami’s new defensive coordinator.

Bowles -- who went 2-1 after replacing Sparano -- was in charge of the Miami defense for the past four seasons, and this year, the Dolphins ranked sixth-best in the league in points allowed. 

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Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

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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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Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:36 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Dolphins hire Joe Philbin as new head coach

Former Green Bay OC Joe Philbin is Miami's new head coach. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Dolphins have hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed through a team source. Philbin, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles, the Dolphins secondary coach who served as the interim head coach after Tony Sparano was fired in Week 14, were thought to be the favorites.

“We are thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Miami Dolphins as our head coach,” owner Stephen Ross said in a statment released by the team. “Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process. (General) Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past. I know I join our fans in welcoming him as the newest member of the Dolphin family.”

Miami settled on Philbin after Jeff Fisher accepted St. Louis' offer last week (and the $7 million-a-year salary that came with it). The organization is expected to hold a press conference after Philbin signs his contract in the coming days. Details of the deal aren't known but the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero writes that it's for no less than four years.

Philbin becomes the 10th coach in Dolphins history and the seventh in eight years. He takes over a team that started the 2011 season with seven straight losses before winning six of their last nine games. Miami missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past decade. It has been 19 years since they reached the AFC championship game, 27 years since they reached the Super Bowl and 38 years since they won an NFL title.

"You don't replace people like Joe," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.  I'm going to miss him personally a whole lot, forget as a professional. ... He brings a lot to the table..His resume speaks for itself. But the No. 1 thing is ... he's an excellent communicator."

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley added via Twitter: "A huge congratulations to Joe Philbin. No one deserves it more than this guy. The Pack will miss him!"

Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt tweeted: "Worked five years with Joe Philbin. Calm, cerebral, humble and a skilled offensive mind. His style will resonate with players."

When Ross began the job search he said that he would like to give the franchise much-needed stability by hiring "a young Don Shula." Instead he chose the 50-year-old Philbin, who has 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 years in college.

“I want to thank Steve Ross and Jeff Ireland for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of one of the premier franchises in professional sports,” he said. “I also want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all the support the organization has given me during my time there.

"The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around, and working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition," he continued. "I have seen how much the fans in South Florida care about the Dolphins, and that passion is one reason why I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to their support, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Miami's offense ranked 20th last season, according to Football Outsiders (20th pass, 27th rush). Owner Stephen Ross wanted to bring in an offensive-minded head coach and Philbin is certainly that. He served as the Packers' coordinator from the 2007-2011 seasons, which includes the entire Aaron Rodgers era.

Assistants becoming first-time NFL head coaches have had mixed results in recent years. The group includes the Ravens' John Harbaugh, the Saints' Sean Payton and the Steelers' Mike Tomlin, but also three coaches recently fired: Jim Caldwell by the Colts, Todd Haley by the Chiefs and Steve Spagnuolo by the Rams.

Before joining the Packers, Philbin was Iowa's offensive line coach for four years. The former small-college tight end has been an offensive coordinator at Harvard, Northeastern and Allegheny College.

Philbin will now begin assembling a staff. Bowles might remain as a replacement for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who took the same job this week with the Atlanta Falcons.

Freeman writes that Rodgers' backup and soon-to-be free agent Matt Flynn could be an option in South Beach. (Chad Henne, the Dolphins' former second-round pick, suffered a shoulder injury during the '11 season and was placed on injured reserve. He'll be a free agent this spring and isn't expected back.)

"A source close to Flynn told me that Flynn would 'love to the challenge of being a starter' but emphasized he's loyal to the Packers," said Freeman Friday evening. "But if you had to wager don't put a lot of cash on Flynn staying in Green Bay."

Flynn, who completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Lions in Week 17, could be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in free agency in the coming months if the Packers don't chose to re-sign him. We've already drawn the Kevin Kolb comparisions, and the Redskins have been mentioned as possible suitors. Now we can add the Dolphins to that list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Fins to take 2nd look at McCoy, Philbin, Bowles



By Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like the Dolphins are getting closer to hiring a new coach. At the same time, they’re not getting very close at all.

After failing to land Jeff Fisher, who spurned the organization for St. Louis, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will get his second interview with Miami owner Stephen Ross when Ross travels to New York to meet with him. But … just because you’ve received a second interview doesn’t necessarily put you in elite company.

That’s because Todd Bowles, who replaced Tony Sparano for the final three games of the season (and went 2-1 in the process), will get a second interview as well. As will Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin (before you count out Philbin, whose 21-year-old son died earlier this month, the Miami Herald reports that Philbin wants the Dolphins job and is eager to relocate his family to Miami).

In fact, it seems the only coaches who didn’t make the second interview cut were Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer -- who, once again, probably won’t get the head coaching job he deserves -- and Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, who signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago on Tuesday.

So, the Dolphins are making progress, down from five candidates to three. But it seems like it’ll be a couple more days before Miami fans find out who will be next to lead the team.

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