Many of the teams in the National Football League did not finish with as strong of a record as the organization’s executives had hoped for, resulting in widespread adjustments to coaching staffs around the nation, including seven confirmed new head coaches already slated for the 2012-2013 season. Students pursuing coaching educations can likely learn a lot regarding what’s in store in the professionals by keeping track of these moves.
The Boston Herald recently reported that former offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers Joe Philbin has been hired by the Miami Dolphins as the team’s new head coach. Philbin will be taking over a team that had a terrible start this past season, but finished very strong, including a last-week victory over the New York Jets to put the latter out of playoff contention.
According to the news provider, the coach has had a very long and storied career, full of many victories and failures, leading up to his eventual hiring as a head coach of the Dolphins. This included several jobless times, as well as a variety of low-level and low-profile positions on the high school and collegiate levels. The source adds that his leadership abilities are comparable, already, to many of the greats.
Philbin had an impressive career as the offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, including many shattered records and a Super Bowl victory. One of his former players, Greg Jennings of the Packers, sounded off about the coach in the Miami Herald this past weekend.
“He does a ton,” Jennings explained. “He runs the walk-throughs, the meetings. He’s comfortable being in front of the team. He’s definitely fully capable of being a head coach.”
The Miami Herald went on the explain that the coach had led the Packer’s offense to five consecutive top-10 finishes throughout his tenure with the team. Former head coach Mike McCarthy also explained his admiration of Philbin to the Herald.
“Joe Philbin is a special, special human being,” he explained last week. “What Joe has gone through and what his family has gone through, obviously tough is not the proper word. A man of very high character. Joe is a class act. I think the world of Joe Philbin.”
McCarthy was citing the death of Philbin’s son, Michael, 21, earlier this January in an apparent drowning accident. While some questioned the decision, none can knock the strength of the coach who returned to be with his team only two weeks after the incident.
Learn more about earning your online Master of Coaching Education from Ohio University.