Philbin faces team that fired him
By Jason Lieser
The Palm Beach Post
DAVIE, Fla. — When his stint as Miami Dolphins head coach didn't work out, Joe Philbin remained coveted in NFL circles.
He spent two seasons as associate head coach and offensive line coach in Indianapolis before returning to Green Bay as offensive coordinator this season. Philbin's career took off with the Packers as an assistant from 2003-11, and coach Mike McCarthy was eager to bring him back.
"Definitely, it's great having Joe back," McCarthy said. "He was a big part of our success in our early years here, so a lot of relationships are still in place from when he left for Miami in 2011. Joe's a tremendous football coach and even a much better person.
"There's a philosophy and an approach that you have for the game of football, and I think Joe and I share a lot of similarities in the way we view the game needs to be played and coached and the organization of it, the work ethic. I think like all coaching staffs, you have men that spend a lot of time together and you work a lot of hours, and Joe's a tremendous professional. He's very committed. And he's a dear friend. I'm glad he's back."
The Dolphins make their first trip to Lambeau Field since 2010 on Sunday. They have yet to face Philbin in any capacity since he was fired four games into the 2015 season and eventually replaced by Adam Gase.
Green Bay goes into the game ranked sixth in total offense, sixth in passing and tied for 14th in scoring. The Packers' passing game, headed by future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, presents an enormous challenge for the Dolphins.
Miami's passing defensive yielded a 151.5 combined passer rating to Matthew Stafford and DeShaun Watson. Those two combined to complete 34-of-42 passes for 456 yards and seven touchdowns with no turnovers before the Dolphins clamped down on Jets rookie Sam Darnold last week.
As Gase pointed out, though, that same performance by the pass coverage probably won't hold up in Green Bay.
"I just know if we do a lot of the things that we did this last game, it'll look -- the results will be different," he said. "I know we're results-oriented, but Aaron Rodgers is a little different than Sam Darnold."
The Packers made a number of roster moves Tuesday, Nov. 6, most notably placing a key part of the offense on injured reserve and making a surprising cut on defense.
Wide receiver Geronimo Allison, who suffered a groin injury at practice last week and did not play in the team's 31-17 loss at New England on Sunday, Nov. 4, will require surgery for the injury and was placed on injured reserve. The move means he has to sit out at least eight weeks, so the only way he can play again this season is in the playoffs.
That was the expected move. The surprise came when the team released safety Jermaine Whitehead. After the Packers traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins last week, Whitehead was considered one of the favorites to take Clinton-Dix's spot in the Packers' lineup.
Instead, Tramon Williams replaced Clinton-Dix as the starter, and when Whitehead slapped Patriots center David Andrews in the head during Sunday night's game and drew an ejection, that likely sealed his fate.
"The Whitehead penalty was clearly a classic reaction to the first guy," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said during his Monday news conference. "And they catch the second guy. Whatever your feeling is, the severity of the penalty is a whole other topic. But ... you can't have that. You can't react to those types of things. Yeah, we need to be better there."
Also Tuesday, the club promoted cornerback Will Redmond from the practice squad and signed linebacker Brady Sheldon to the practice squad.
Allison, in his third season, had 20 receptions for 303 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season. The yards already were a career high for him.