The Miami Dolphins have hired Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their next head coach -- just a few weeks after Philbin's son tragically drowned.
Philbin's 21-year old son, Michael, drowned in the Fox River in Wisconsin after a night out with some friends. Philbin made the emotional decision to still coach in the Packers' playoff loss against the New York Giants and continue to interview for head coaching opportunities.
The offensive coordinator, who had been with the Packers since 2003, interviewed with the Miami Dolphins days before his son's death and had a second interview with the organization on Wednesday. He also interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday about their coaching opportunity, but decided to take the Dolphins opening on Friday, according to ESPN.
Philbin is known for his work in developing Aaron Rodgers into one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. After learning of Philbin's son's death, Rodgers told reporters that his offensive coordinator meant a lot to him.
We all love Joe, me probably as much or more than anybody in here just because of how much he's meant to me and my development, Rodgers told reporters last week. Just how important it is, the time we get to spend each week, how he gets us prepared and just his presence around here, it's just tough to see him and [wife] Diane and the family dealing with this.
Philbin has no known Miami connections and details of his contract are not currently available. The Dolphins tabbed Philbin over Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who reportedly had the support of general manager Jeff Ireland.