Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
By now, we all know the story of how Joe Philbin coached in Green Bay for over ten years and how he started off as an offensive line coach while working his way up to being an offensive coordinator under current head coach Mike McCarthy. After spending so much time with a team, Joe Philbin might be looking at this game a little differently than others.
“It’s a big game. This is an important game. The last time we lined up and played, we had an excellent road trip and came together as a team, and played well as a football team. We’ve talked about, now, let’s put together a consistent effort. Let’s start coming back, one of the objectives of the bye week was to come back healthy and fresh, and ready to go as a football team and start playing consistently well. Now, we’re into the second quarter of the season. The first quarter is over. There’s some experimentation in the first quarter and there’s some ups and downs. Really, this is a team that’s been to the playoffs five years in a row, that’s coming into our stadium and they’re a good football team. This is a great measuring stick for where we are as a team. Personally, it’s really no more than that. Obviously, I have great regard for a lot of the people there, but that will kind of happen again later. I will have more regard for them October 13th than I will on the 12th (joking).”
While Philbin says that he isn’t looking at this game any different than the others, you have to think that there is some extra motivation going on. Bill Lazor hinted at this but ultimately didn’t let too much out of the bag.
“It’s a good question. There is definitely knowledge from Coach Philbin of some of the players that we’re facing. To me, he has gone about business as usual. One of the things that drew me to come to this job is that, to me, Joe Philbin is a football guy. He really enjoys football. He enjoys coaching players. During our bye week, I’ve enjoyed the time that he’s spent with the offensive staff, going over what we’ve done so far, kind of picking apart what we’re doing. It’s not a normal two weeks for us because of the bye week, but he’s been very involved with us on who we are, what we’re doing well, what we can get better. That’s part of why I came because that’s who he is.”
We’ll see on Sunday whether the mentor (Mike McCarthy) or Joe Philbin (the student) comes out on top when the Dolphins and Packers kick off at 1:00 PM EST.