Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The storyline of Joe Philbin coaching against the team he grew up on as an assistant is one that has been talked about several times this week. During the course of the week, Philbin recalled various memories he had of his days in Green Bay.
“Really, for me, it was the relationships I was able to develop with people throughout the organization over a nine-year period. Just like here, there is a great tradition in Green Bay. There’s great tradition here. There’s people here in this building that come to work every day that bleed orange and blue and want to be part of the Miami Dolphins. It’s the same type of culture up there. When you invest the amount of time you do in this profession, you get to meet a lot of wonderful people, players, coaches, staff members, equipment guys, the whole nine yards. The Super Bowl (in Green Bay) was great, but that’s not what I value the most. Certainly, it was the relationships I was able to develop over nine years.”
Philbin credits a lot of what he learned in the NFL to his time in Green Bay under both Mike Sherman and Mike McCarthy, as well as the hundreds of players he coached over his time there.
“Obviously, I learned the National Football League there. I never coached in the National Football League, but I had spent 19 years as a college coach. A lot of the fundamental principles that I believe in in coaching were established long before I got there. But I certainly learned a lot from a lot of different people. I was able to work with two different staffs and met some outstanding coaches who have gone on to do some great things. I worked with a lot of players that I learned from that I enjoyed being with. It was a very positive experience.”
Philbin’s in Miami now and the jury is still out on him but hopefully, he’s the one who comes out on top with a win on Sunday.