Joe Philbin’s Return is a Positive Sign for Packers
Even though the general manger hire took all the headlines, people might forget Green Bay also made a move at offensive coordinator. The team brought back Joe Philbin, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins and last worked on Indianapolis’ staff as an o-line coach. Green Bay brings back that coordinator who gave them reason to believe in the late 2000’s-early 2010’s. Philbin might not have worked as a head coach, but he engineered some great Packers teams in the past decade.
When Joe Philbin had a job as an offensive coordinator, Green Bay was in the top five in scoring four out of the five years. That’s truly impressive. Philbin found ways to make sure Aaron Rodgers and company were not settling for three points on a regular basis. He’s not going to have full control like other offensive coordinators in the league as Mike McCarthy will still be calling the plays. That said, Philbin has a voice there, and people respect them hell out of him, so, he’s going to have no problems winning back the locker room.
Another thing that helps with this hire is it makes Rodgers happy. Now, this isn’t to say the team should make moves that the star quarterback, rather, it keeps him familiar with the coaching staff to avoid any sort of issue. Philbin and Rodgers have a good working relationship, and it’s probably better than anything Green Bay had in the last six years. These two should work pretty well together next season.
Wonder if McCarthy will try to do the full ‘band back together’ and inks Ben McAdoo to the quarterback coach position. I don’t know if McAdoo would take it, but he’s another guy who Rodgers has a great working relationship. My guess is McAdoo will probably look for an offensive coordinator job before having to work under Philbin again.