GREEN BAY – Joe Philbin is one of three finalists for the Miami Dolphins’ head-coaching vacancy, and the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator is schedule to interview with team owner Stephen Ross on Wednesday in New York, according to the Miami Herald.
Philbin, Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles are the three finalists, the newspaper reported, after Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub were eliminated from consideration.
A Packers source who had spoken to Philbin said the 50-year-old coach felt really good about his first interview with the Dolphins during the Packers’ playoff bye week, and Miami Herald report said Philbin “impressed the Dolphins” during that interview. After Philbin meets with Ross on Wednesday in New York, McCoy will meet with Ross on Thursday, and Bowles, who went 2-1 after taking over for the fired Tony Sparano, will also have a second interview Thursday or Friday.
Ross then will decide which to hire as the 10th head coach in franchise history, the Herald reported.
It had been unclear in the wake of the Jan. 8 drowning death of Philbin’s 21-year-old son, Michael, whether Philbin would continue the interview process or choose to simply stay in Green Bay. Philbin, who also interviewed in Kansas City before the Chiefs chose to remove the interim tag from Romeo Crennel and make him the full-time head coach, is also scheduled to interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head-coaching vacancy later this week, as is Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.
Speaking on his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison, quarterback Aaron Rodgers once again wholeheartedly endorsed Philbin and Clements for a head-coaching job while selfishly admitting he hopes both men stay with the Packers.
"I’ve loved working with these guys. It’s been exciting to kind of achieve success together and grow from a player-coach relationship and see them as coaches individually get better. That’s been a lot of fun," Rodgers said. " the same time I think you’ve got to be excited for the opportunities that are coming their way. They’re very well deserving of them.
"Tom I spend every day with, so selfishly I don’t want to see him go, but as a close friend I know he’s got the potential to be a head coach. He’s got the makeup and teaching ability and understanding of personalities and how to balance everything. I’d hate to see him go but I’ve really enjoyed our time together.
"Joe as well. Joe has an incredible command of a room, he really cares about relationships and people, he’s a great teacher, a great leader. I’m not sure with his family situation how that’s going to affect his decision-making. I’d hate to see both of those guys go, but it would be exciting for them."
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