Coaches

Joe Philbin
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
College:
Washington & Jefferson
Hometown:
Springfield, MA
Experience:
15

Joe Philbin enters his second season with the Indianapolis Colts as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Philbin has 33 years of coaching experience, including the past 14 seasons in the NFL.

 

In 2016, Philbin oversaw the development of one of the youngest position groups on the team. The Colts utilized seven different starting offensive line combinations and led the NFL with 34 rookie starts. Indianapolis was the only team in the league to start four different rookies along the offensive line as center Ryan Kelly (16 starts), tackle Joe Haeg (14 starts), tackle Le’Raven Clark (three starts) and center Austin Blythe (one start) all saw action. Kelly was one of 11 rookies in the NFL to start all 16 games. Haeg became the first rookie in the league to start at three positions along the offensive line (left guard, right guard and right tackle), since Kyle Turley, a first-round draft pick in 1998. Over the final eight games of the season, the Colts tied for the seventh-fewest sacks allowed (13.0) in the NFL. The unit paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older. The group provided protection for quarterback Andrew Luck to finish in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth), passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and passer rating (96.4, ninth), while wide receiver T.Y. Hilton claimed the NFL receiving title (1,448 yards) and earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod.

 

Philbin compiled a 24-28 record in Miami after being named the 10th head coach of the Dolphins on January 20, 2012. In 2014, Miami’s first six wins of the season were by at least 13 points. Only three other teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger recorded their first six (or more) wins in a season by margins of 13 points or more (2007 New England Patriots, 1999 St. Louis Rams and 1984 Washington Redskins). The Dolphins were also the third least penalized team in the NFL in 2014 as they finished 8-8 for the second consecutive season. From 2012-14, Miami was the least penalized team in the league.

 

In Miami, Philbin was instrumental in the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Dolphins drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2014, Tannehill (4,045 passing yards) registered his first career 4,000-yard passing season as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to surpass that plateau in team history. Tannehill also recorded career highs in pass attempts (590), completions (392) and passing touchdowns (27). Running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards to become the first Dolphins 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011 (1,086 yards). Tannehill and Miller became the first duo in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry totaled 84 receptions, which were the most by a rookie in team history and the fourth-highest single-season total in team history. It was also the sixth-most receptions by a rookie in NFL history. Miami’s pass defense ranked sixth in the NFL, allowing 222.3 passing yards per game.

 

The Dolphins finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record as Philbin became the first Dolphins head coach to improve the team’s record two consecutive years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Miami was one of only four teams in the NFL in 2013 (Seattle, Cincinnati and Carolina) to improve their record for a second straight season. The Dolphins recorded a takeaway in 15 of their 16 games, becoming one of only five teams to accomplish that feat in 2013. Offensively, Tannehill threw for 24 touchdowns in his second season and became only the second quarterback in team history, joining Marino, to throw for 24-or-more touchdowns in a season. The Dolphins finished third in the AFC in scoring defense and limited opponents to a 77.3 passer rating, the third lowest total in the AFC and the fifth lowest total in the NFL.

 

In his first season as head coach in 2012, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record. Miami finished tied for first in the AFC in touchdowns allowed on defense (32), as their 42.6 percent of red zone touchdowns allowed was the lowest in the NFL. Defensively, Miami ranked third in the AFC in points allowed per game (19.8). The unit’s 36.6 percent third down conversion rate against was sixth best in the AFC and 10th best in franchise history. Tannehill set franchise rookie records in several offensive categories and became the first quarterback in team history to start all of the team’s games in his first year in the league.

 

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin coached nine seasons (2003-2011) for the Green Bay Packers. In Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator (2007-2011), offensive line coach (2006), tight ends/assistant offensive line (2004-05) and assistant offensive line (2003). In 2010, he was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV winning team. In his five seasons as offensive coordinator, he directed a unit that ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, joining the New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that feat during that period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) was third in the league over that five-year span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283). Green Bay reached the playoffs in four of Philbin’s five seasons as offensive coordinator as 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl.

 

Before making the leap to the NFL, Philbin coached at the collegiate level at Iowa (1999-2002), Harvard (1997-98), Northeastern (1995-96), Ohio (1994), Allegheny College (1990-93), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1988-89) and Worcester Tech (1986-87). He served as a graduate assistant at Tulane from 1984-85. Philbin was part of a Division III National Championship at Allegheny in 1990 while serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

 

A native of Springfield, Mass., Philbin graduated from Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) in 1984, where he played tight end (1980). He has a master’s degree in education from Tulane University (1986). Philbin and his wife, Diane, have six children, Matthew, John, Kevin, Tim, Colleen and a deceased son, Michael.

 

Coaching Career

1984-1985       Tulane University                    Graduate Assistant

1986-1987       Worcester Tech                      Offensive Line

1988-1989       U.S. Merchant Marine Acad.  Offensive Line

1990-1993       Allegheny College                   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1994                Ohio University                       Offensive Line

1995-1996       Northeastern University         Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1997-1998       Harvard                                   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1999-2002       Iowa                                        Offensive Line

2003                Green Bay Packers                Assistant Offensive Line

2004-2005       Green Bay Packers                Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line

2006                Green Bay Packers                Offensive Line

2007-2011       Green Bay Packers                Offensive Coordinator

2012-2015       Miami Dolphins                        Head Coach

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line

Joe Philbin enters his second season with the Indianapolis Colts as the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line. Prior to Indianapolis, he spent four seasons as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Philbin has 33 years of coaching experience, including the past 14 seasons in the NFL.

 

In 2016, Philbin oversaw the development of one of the youngest position groups on the team. The Colts utilized seven different starting offensive line combinations and led the NFL with 34 rookie starts. Indianapolis was the only team in the league to start four different rookies along the offensive line as center Ryan Kelly (16 starts), tackle Joe Haeg (14 starts), tackle Le’Raven Clark (three starts) and center Austin Blythe (one start) all saw action. Kelly was one of 11 rookies in the NFL to start all 16 games. Haeg became the first rookie in the league to start at three positions along the offensive line (left guard, right guard and right tackle), since Kyle Turley, a first-round draft pick in 1998. Over the final eight games of the season, the Colts tied for the seventh-fewest sacks allowed (13.0) in the NFL. The unit paved the way for running back Frank Gore to rush for 1,025 yards and become the first Colt to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing since Joseph Addai in 2007. Gore became the first running back in NFL history at the age of 33 or older to rush for 1,000 yards since John Riggins in 1984 and the fourth player to accomplish that feat at the age of 33 or older. The group provided protection for quarterback Andrew Luck to finish in the top 10 in the NFL in passing yards (4,240, eighth), passing touchdowns (31, fifth) and passer rating (96.4, ninth), while wide receiver T.Y. Hilton claimed the NFL receiving title (1,448 yards) and earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl nod.

 

Philbin compiled a 24-28 record in Miami after being named the 10th head coach of the Dolphins on January 20, 2012. In 2014, Miami’s first six wins of the season were by at least 13 points. Only three other teams since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger recorded their first six (or more) wins in a season by margins of 13 points or more (2007 New England Patriots, 1999 St. Louis Rams and 1984 Washington Redskins). The Dolphins were also the third least penalized team in the NFL in 2014 as they finished 8-8 for the second consecutive season. From 2012-14, Miami was the least penalized team in the league.

 

In Miami, Philbin was instrumental in the development of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, whom the Dolphins drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. In 2014, Tannehill (4,045 passing yards) registered his first career 4,000-yard passing season as he joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino as the only players to surpass that plateau in team history. Tannehill also recorded career highs in pass attempts (590), completions (392) and passing touchdowns (27). Running back Lamar Miller rushed for 1,099 yards to become the first Dolphins 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush in 2011 (1,086 yards). Tannehill and Miller became the first duo in team history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. Rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry totaled 84 receptions, which were the most by a rookie in team history and the fourth-highest single-season total in team history. It was also the sixth-most receptions by a rookie in NFL history. Miami’s pass defense ranked sixth in the NFL, allowing 222.3 passing yards per game.

 

The Dolphins finished the 2013 season with an 8-8 record as Philbin became the first Dolphins head coach to improve the team’s record two consecutive years since the 1997 and 1998 campaigns. Miami was one of only four teams in the NFL in 2013 (Seattle, Cincinnati and Carolina) to improve their record for a second straight season. The Dolphins recorded a takeaway in 15 of their 16 games, becoming one of only five teams to accomplish that feat in 2013. Offensively, Tannehill threw for 24 touchdowns in his second season and became only the second quarterback in team history, joining Marino, to throw for 24-or-more touchdowns in a season. The Dolphins finished third in the AFC in scoring defense and limited opponents to a 77.3 passer rating, the third lowest total in the AFC and the fifth lowest total in the NFL.

 

In his first season as head coach in 2012, Philbin guided the Dolphins to a 7-9 record. Miami finished tied for first in the AFC in touchdowns allowed on defense (32), as their 42.6 percent of red zone touchdowns allowed was the lowest in the NFL. Defensively, Miami ranked third in the AFC in points allowed per game (19.8). The unit’s 36.6 percent third down conversion rate against was sixth best in the AFC and 10th best in franchise history. Tannehill set franchise rookie records in several offensive categories and became the first quarterback in team history to start all of the team’s games in his first year in the league.

 

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Philbin coached nine seasons (2003-2011) for the Green Bay Packers. In Green Bay, he served as offensive coordinator (2007-2011), offensive line coach (2006), tight ends/assistant offensive line (2004-05) and assistant offensive line (2003). In 2010, he was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV winning team. In his five seasons as offensive coordinator, he directed a unit that ranked in the top 10 in both total yards and total points, joining the New England Patriots as the only teams to accomplish that feat during that period. Green Bay’s point total (2,263) was third in the league over that five-year span, trailing only New England (2,457) and New Orleans (2,283). Green Bay reached the playoffs in four of Philbin’s five seasons as offensive coordinator as 12 Packers were selected to the Pro Bowl.

 

Before making the leap to the NFL, Philbin coached at the collegiate level at Iowa (1999-2002), Harvard (1997-98), Northeastern (1995-96), Ohio (1994), Allegheny College (1990-93), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (1988-89) and Worcester Tech (1986-87). He served as a graduate assistant at Tulane from 1984-85. Philbin was part of a Division III National Championship at Allegheny in 1990 while serving as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

 

A native of Springfield, Mass., Philbin graduated from Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) in 1984, where he played tight end (1980). He has a master’s degree in education from Tulane University (1986). Philbin and his wife, Diane, have six children, Matthew, John, Kevin, Tim, Colleen and a deceased son, Michael.

 

Coaching Career

1984-1985       Tulane University                    Graduate Assistant

1986-1987       Worcester Tech                      Offensive Line

1988-1989       U.S. Merchant Marine Acad.  Offensive Line

1990-1993       Allegheny College                   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1994                Ohio University                       Offensive Line

1995-1996       Northeastern University         Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1997-1998       Harvard                                   Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

1999-2002       Iowa                                        Offensive Line

2003                Green Bay Packers                Assistant Offensive Line

2004-2005       Green Bay Packers                Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line

2006                Green Bay Packers                Offensive Line

2007-2011       Green Bay Packers                Offensive Coordinator

2012-2015       Miami Dolphins                        Head Coach

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line