Dolphins interview Joe Philbin again
Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewed for the Miami Dolphins’ head-coaching job for a second time Wednesday.
Philbin met with team owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland in New York City, where Ross has an office. Also scheduled for second interviews in New York this week were Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles, the Dolphins’ interim coach for their final three games this season.
The three coaches are finalists for the job after top choice Jeff Fisher turned down the Dolphins on Friday to become head coach of the St. Louis Rams.
Philbin completed his first interview in South Florida on Jan. 7, and he decided to remain in consideration despite his son’s recent drowning in a Wisconsin river. After spending a week away, Philbin rejoined the Packers on Sunday for the divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.
Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003 and has been offensive coordinator since 2007, although coach Mike McCarthy calls plays.
McCoy completed his first interview with Miami on Monday. He won praise for adapting the offense at midseason when Tim Tebow became the starting quarterback, and the Broncos made an improbable run to the second round of the playoffs before losing Saturday at New England.
The Oakland Raiders also have received permission from Denver to interview McCoy, and they interviewed Bowles.
Bowles was assistant head coach and secondary coach before taking over the Dolphins when they fired Tony Sparano last month with three games to go in his fourth season as coach. Bowles became the sixth coach since 2004 for the Dolphins, who finished 6-10 and haven’t won a playoff game since 2000.
After being rejected by Fisher, Ross said the team planned to interview several more candidates. But they may want to move more quickly now that the Indianapolis Colts are looking for a coach. The Colts fired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday.