Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin Chooses Indianapolis Colts Over New York Giants

Joe Philbin has decided that the Indianapolis Colts will be his new home in the NFL instead of signing on to coach the New York Giants under Ben McAdoo, according to NFL.com.

Just a couple of weeks into the NFL regular season, and Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was informed by management that his services were no longer required by the team.

For the next couple of months, Joe Philbin sat around and contemplated his future in the NFL. Philbin decided that he wanted to get back into coaching as soon as he possibly could.

After a very disappointing season and another missed opportunity to play in the NFL Playoffs, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin decided to step down from his position.

The New York Giants looked near and wide for his replacement before deciding that it was best to lock down offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo before another NFL team got to him.

With his promotion to head coach, Ben McAdoo needed an offensive coordinator, so he turned towards Joe Philbin, a good friend that he worked with on the Green Bay Packers staff.

Since Ben McAdoo and Joe Philbin both came from the same offensive system that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy utilized, the good fit made all the sense in the world.

Ben McAdoo
Ben McAdoo [Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images]
The media was all but certain that Joe Philbin was going to join Ben McAdoo, but something strange happened along the way that caused Philbin to have a major change of heart.

Things started getting a little bit weird when the New York Giants announced that Mike Sullivan, their quarterbacks coach, would be taking over the offensive coordinator position.

The belief was that Joe Philbin would have occupied the offensive coordinator position because it was not that big of a step down from being the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

When Mike Sullivan was promoted to offensive coordinator, many in the NFL believed that Joe Philbin would simply take on the title of assistant head coach for the New York Giants.

Apparently, that situation with the New York Giants was not something that Joe Philbin wanted. He opted to look elsewhere in the NFL for work and found the Indianapolis Colts.

Earlier today, the Indianapolis Colts announced that Joe Philbin has decided to join the coaching staff as the new offensive line coach, taking over for Hal Hunter, who was fired earlier.

Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano [Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images]
In his new job with the Indianapolis Colts, Joe Philbin will be tasked with improving an offensive line that desperately needs to become better at protecting quarterback Andrew Luck.

Fortunately for Andrew Luck, Joe Philbin has a lot of experience coaching the offensive line, and he also understands what a quarterback goes through having coached that position.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay recently stated that the offensive line needs to play with more pride, much like his units did when Peyton Manning was their starting quarterback.

Anthony Castonzo, Jack Mewhort, Khaled Holmes, Todd Herremans and Gosder Cherilus ended the season as the starters, but the team will more than likely draft some big bodies.

Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Taylor Decker is expected to be able to play immediately in the NFL, so the Indianapolis Colts staff could take a good look at him very soon.

It would make life easier for Joe Philbin as the new Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach if he had someone like Taylor Decker or another high round pick to build his line aronud.

Andrew Luck needs Joe Philbin to keep him standing.

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