The Green Bay Packers are reportedly welcoming an old friend back into the fold.
Joe Philbin, who spent five years as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator under head coach Mike McCarthy, is expected to sign on to return to Green Bay, according to a report from ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Philbin’s role will likely be as the offensive coordinator once again, a role in which he had great success during his first stint with the team.
Philbin actually joined the Packers way back in 2003 as the assistant offensive line coach under Mike Sherman. He gained tight end coaching responsibilities the next year, then was promoted to offensive line coach in 2006, when McCarthy was hired as head coach. A year later, in 2007, Philbin was elevated to offensive coordinator following Jeff Jagodzinski’s departure, and he held that role until he left the team in 2012 to take the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins.
With Philbin serving as OC, the Packers had tremendous success on offense and as a team. The offense finished in the top ten in both points and yards in each of his five years as coordinator, and the team made a pair of NFC Championship games, in 2007 (when the Brett Favre-led Packers fell to the New York Giants) and in 2010, when they went on to win Super Bowl XLV. His final season in Green Bay was 2011, when Aaron Rodgers won his first MVP award and set a single-season record for passer rating.
After being fired by the Dolphins, Philbin took a job with the Indianapolis Colts, serving as offensive line coach and assistant head coach to Chuck Pagano.