Today, new Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, will be introduced to South Florida and Dolphins fans everywhere. Philbin comes to the Dolphins with an impressive offensive resume. He might not be the flashiest coaching option, but he brings a track record of success. While he might not be an exciting name, the possibilities of what/who he can bring to the Dolphins IS exciting.
One of the exciting things that Philbin will bring to the Dolphins is his West Coast Offense. We’ll detail more of what that means next week. BUT, the Dolphins implementation of the West Coast Offense means that Brian Daboll will likely be looking for a new place to work. This leads to the obvious question: Who will be the Dolphins offensive coordinator? Well, the most likely choice is Tom Clements, the QB coach of the Packers. However, Clements interviewed (along with Philbin) for the Tampa Bay Bucs head coaching job. If Clements doesn’t get that job, we’d expect Philbin to bring him to the Dolphins to be his OC. Anyway you look at it though, an exciting, innovative offense could be returning to Miami (finally!).
While Philbin will have control of the Dolphins offense, the team would like to bring back Todd Bowles to run the defense. This would make the most sense, keeping the already stout defense in tact. However, it is unknown at this time if Bowles will return. Bowles has interviewed for a few head coaching opportunities and might look to move on after not getting the Dolphins job. Another candidate we’ve heard is Jack Del Rio. I like the idea of Del Rio, actually. He’s a former NFL linebacker and most recently the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio could oversee the defense and could also be a sounding board for Philbin, the first time Head Coach.
Who else could Philbin bring with him to Miami? The name most talked about is Matt Flynn. Flynn is set to become a free agent and will most likely NOT receive the franchise tag from the Packers because it will cost them a fortune. Flynn will likely demand a 4-5 year contract worth upwards of $50 mil. However, if anyone knows what Flynn is worth, it’s Philbin. You can bet that Philbin knows all of Flynn’s strengths and weaknesses. So, if the Dolphins decide to throw money at Flynn to make him their franchise QB, they’ll do so knowing more about him than any other team in the NFL.
The Packers also have other free agents that could be of interest to the Dolphins. Donald Driver and Ryan Grant are options, but they are probably too old and would have to come at a very reasonable price. Jermichael Finley would be a great addition, but he’s probably going to get the franchise tag from the Packers. If not, expect the Dolphins to make a BIG play for him. It will be an exciting offseason, that’s for sure.