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Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has had quite a memorable month. Green Bay was on its way to an undefeated season, before losing in Kansas City. The clinched home-field advantage with a 15-1 record, and during the bye week Philbin lost his son in an unfortunate incident. Philbin’s son drowned in a river, after falling through ice. Prayers and blessings out to the Philbin family and friends.
Well, there is some good news beyond losing to the New York Giants last week. Joe Philbin is the new coach of the Miami Dolphins, and may bring some familiar faces from the Packers’ staff with him. Miami has become the favorite to land free agent quarterback, Matt Flynn.
Indianapolis is believed to have a new head coach in town. The known candidates for the job are Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who served as a replay consultant for the Colts in 2011. Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s name has been mentioned as a possible candidate, along with 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
Rams Back on the Radar?
After getting Jeff Fisher to be the new head coach, he has brought some seasoned coaches on board with him. Gregg Williams left the Saints to reunite with Fisher in St. Louis, to be the defensive coordinator.
To coordinate the offense, Brian Schottenheimer leaves the Jets to join the Rams. The quickly assembled staff has some talent on both sides of the ball to work with, as well as the 2nd overall pick of the draft.
Chicago continues their search for a new General Manager, and a name popping up to be the favorite is Phil Emery. Emery is the Chiefs’ college scouting director. He had a hand in drafting a few players: Brian Urlacher, Roddy White, Matt Ryan, and Eric Berry. Chicago could sure use a receiver like Roddy White.
Whether he was cordially let go or voluntarily retired, Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will move on (like Mike Martz). He was a running backs coach for the Chiefs, tight ends coach for the Saints, quarterbacks coach for the Colts, offensive coordinator for the Browns, wide receivers coach for the Steelers, and lastly, offensive coordinator for the Steelers.
Saints with Defense?
New Orleans has found a replacement for the departed Gregg Williams, Steve Spagnuolo. This could be a mutually good fit for Spagnuolo and the Saints. With Sean Payton’s offense being run by Drew Brees, you know they will invest into their defense with the draft and in free agency.