A person familiar with the decision says Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin accepted an offer to become the Miami Dolphins’ head coach.
The Dolphins are expected to hold a news conference today.
The hiring comes less than two weeks after Philbin’s son drowned in a Wisconsin river. After spending a week away from the Packers, Philbin rejoined the team last Sunday for its divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.
Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003 and has been offensive coordinator since 2007. Coach Mike McCarthy called the plays, but Philbin put together the game plan.
The Dolphins’ top choice, Jeff Fisher, turned them down a week ago to become coach of the St. Louis Rams.
JETS: Coach Rex Ryan says his Super Bowl guarantees might have added pressure on his players, and if “it’s Super Bowl or bust, we busted.”
Ryan told WFAN Radio on Friday that he wants to be a great coach but is “absolutely not there yet.”
The Jets lost their last three games to finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs after two consecutive trips to the AFC championship game.
SAINTS: Quarterback Drew Brees said he would be “beyond stunned” if he and the the team are unable to agree on a contract extension this offseason, echoing comments by coach Sean Payton this week.
BEARS: Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery interviewed for Chicago’s general manager job.