Five days after his season ended with an upset loss at the hands of the New York Giants, Joe Philbin has earned a promotion -- the Packers' offensive coordinator is leaving Green Bay to become the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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Philbin had been with the Packers since 2003, when he got his start in the NFL as an offensive line assistant. He worked his way up, and ultimately ended up leading one of the most productive offenses in NFL history this season. The Packers led the league with 560 points scored in 2011.
The 50-year-old Philbin takes over for Todd Bowles, who held the position on an interim basis for the final three games of the 2011 season. Before that, Tony Sparano had been at the helm in Miami since 2008. Philbin and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy were considered the two frontrunners to land the position. Philbin is mourning the loss of his son Michael, who drowned in Wisconsin's Fox River on Jan. 9 at the age of 21. The elder Philbin temporarily left the Packers during the week leading up to their wild-card playoff loss to the Giants.