Joe Philbin

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Joe Philbin
Indianapolis Colts
Position: Offensive line coach & Assistant head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-07-02) July 2, 1961
Place of birth: Springfield, Massachusetts
Career information
High school: Longmeadow (MA)
College: Washington & Jefferson
Career history
As coach:
  • Tulane (1984–1985)
    Graduate assistant
  • Worcester Polytechnic (1986–1987)
    Offensive line coach
  • U.S. Merchant Marine (1988–1989)
    Offensive line coach
  • Allegheny (1990–1993)
    Offensive coordinator & offensive line coach
  • Ohio (1994)
    Offensive line coach
  • Northeastern (1995–1996)
    Offensive coordinator & offensive line coach
  • Harvard (1997–1998)
    Offensive coordinator & offensive line coach
  • Iowa (1999–2002)
    Offensive coordinator & offensive line coach
  • Green Bay Packers (2003)
    Assistant offensive line coach
  • Green Bay Packers (2004–2005)
    Tight ends coach & assistant offensive line coach
  • Green Bay Packers (2006)
    Offensive line coach
  • Green Bay Packers (2007–2011)
    Offensive coordinator
  • Miami Dolphins (2012–2015)
    Head coach
  • Indianapolis Colts (2016–present)
    Offensive line coach & Assistant head coach
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 24–28 (.462)
Postseason: 0-0
Career: 24–28 (.462)

Joseph Philbin (born July 2, 1961) is an American football coach who is the offensive line and assistant head coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Philbin was also the former Offensive Coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, guiding the Packers to a win in Super Bowl XLV.

Early life

Philbin was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Paul and Mary Philbin. He attended Longmeadow High School and did a post-grad year at Worcester Academy. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1984, where he obtained a B.A. in sociology and played one year on the football team.[1] He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.[2] He pursued a Master of Education in administration and supervision from Tulane University in 1986.

Coaching career


From 1984–2002, Philbin coached at the collegiate level. As the offensive coordinator, he helped win a national championship with Allegheny College in 1990. In 1998, he was offered the position of head football coach at his alma mater, Washington & Jefferson, but turned down the position to coach at Iowa.[3] He served under Kirk Ferentz at Iowa from 1999–2002.

Green Bay Packers

In 2003, Philbin joined the Green Bay Packers coaching staff. He spent nine years in Green Bay. During his tenure as offensive coordinator (2007–2011), the Packers offense ranked in the top 10 in the NFL for points scored and total yards every year, including their Super Bowl season.[4]

Miami Dolphins

In January 2012, Philbin was named the tenth head coach of the Miami Dolphins,[5] beating out interim coach Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who were the other two finalists for the job. Philbin praised the Dolphins as a team with a "strong nucleus to build around," and the "passion" of the fans, players and management. Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross stated that Philbin has all of the attributes that he was looking for in a head coach.[6] Philbin guided the team to a 24–28 record during his time as the Dolphins head coach, unable to lead it to a winning record or make the playoffs.[7] Philbin was fired by the Dolphins after starting a 1–3 start to the 2015 season. Reaction about the end of Philbin's tenure was met favorably by most fans and media alike, as Philbin's penchant for poor game management, play-calling, and timeout usage cost the Dolphins many games. [8] Tight ends coach Dan Campbell replaced Philbin as the team's interim head coach.[9]

Indianapolis Colts

Philbin was hired by the Colts as offensive line and assistant head coach ahead of the 2016 season.[10] He replaced Hal Hunter, who was let go following the 2015 campaign.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
MIA2012 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC East
MIA2013 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC East
MIA2014 8 8 0 .500 3rd in AFC East
MIA2015 1 3 0 .250 (Fired)
Total 24 28 0 .462 0 0 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Joe Philbin has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Mike Sherman Green Bay Packers 2003–2005
Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers 2006–2011
Chuck Pagano Indianapolis Colts 2016–present

Personal life

Philbin is married to Diane Marie Philbin (née Donahue). Their son, Michael, was reported missing on January 8, 2012. The following evening, a body pulled from the Fox River in Oshkosh was confirmed to be 21-year-old Michael Philbin.[11] Toxicology results later showed that Michael had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of his death.[12] Philbin and his wife have five other children (Matthew, John, Kevin, Timothy, and Colleen).


  1. "W&J Grad Named Head Coach of Miami Dolphins". Washington & Jefferson College. January 21, 2012. Archived from the original on February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  2. Lichtenauer, Tad (March 2011). "Super Bowl Champion Coach". Cross and Crescent. Lambda Chi Alpha. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  3. Jackson, Barry (January 29, 2010). "Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants aggressive, creative offense". The Miami Herald. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  4. NFL website
  5. Miami Herald report on the Miami Dolphins
  6. Smith, Jason. "Dolphins hire Packers OC Philbin to be next head coach". Wire Reports. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  7. Walker, James. "Dolphins fire coach Joe Philbin after team stumbles to 1–3 start". ESPN. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
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  9. Stites, Adam. "Joe Philbin fired by Miami Dolphins". SB Nation. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  11. Rymer, Zachary D. (January 9, 2012). "Son of Packers Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin Found Dead". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
  12. Gould, Izzy (August 5, 2012). "Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin issues statement in response to death of Andy Reid's son". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
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