Dolphins hire Joe Philbin

The Miami Dolphins have named Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their new head coach. A press conference to introduce him as the 10th head coach in Dolphins history has been scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

"We are thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Miami Dolphins as our head coach," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. "Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process. Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past. I know I join our fans in welcoming him as the newest member of the Dolphin family."

"I want to thank Steve Ross and Jeff Ireland for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of one of the premier franchises in professional sports," Philbin said.

"I also want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all the support the organization has given me during my time there. The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around, and working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition. I have seen how much the fans in South Florida care about the Dolphins, and that passion is one reason why I'm really excited to be here. I'm looking forward to their support, and I can't wait to get started."

In 2011, the Packers set single-season franchise records for regular-season games won (15), total points (560), points per game (35.0), total points at home (321), points per game at home (40.1), touchdowns (64), net passing yards (4,924), fewest giveaways (14). The 2011 season marked the third straight campaign that the Packers averaged at least 250.0 net passing yards.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers established himself as one of the elite passers in NFL history as he posted a 122.5 passer rating, the best single-season mark in NFL history. He set NFL season record with 13 games with 100+ rating and 12 games with 110+ rating. He also set franchise marks with 4,643 passing yards and 45 TDs while becoming the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards and have six or fewer interceptions.

Green Bay's 6,482 total net yards in 2011 ranks No. 1 in franchise history, besting the 2004 total of 6,357 yards. The Packers' 560 points on the season ranked No. 2 in NFL single-season annals behind only the 2007 New England Patriots (589). Green Bay also led the league in scoring for the first time since 1996. With 70 total TDs this past season, Additionally, Green Bay tied the 1984 Miami Dolphins for the second-most TDs in a season in NFL history. The two teams trail only the 2007 New England Patriots (75 TDs). The Packers' turnover differential of plus-24 is tied for the No. 2 mark in franchise history behind only the plus-26 margin in 1943.

It came down to Philbin, Dolphins interim head coach and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Philbin has just endured a family tragedy as his 21-year-old son, Michael, was found dead in the Fox River in Wisconsin before the Packers' playoff loss to the New York Giants.

Philbin replaces Bowles and former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, who was fired and is now the New York Jets' offensive coordinator.

Philbin didn't call the plays for the Packers, but has been the offensive coordinator since 2007. The Dolphins wanted to hire Jeff Fisher, but he spurned their offer and is now the St. Louis Rams' head coach.

Ross has repeatedly said he wanted to hire "a young Don Shula."

Philbin, 50, is a career assistant, spending only nine years in the NFL and another 19 years in the collegiate ranks.

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