As the offseason continues to move on, Ohio State has continued to add impressive members to the WHAC, this time in the form of former NFL Head Coach Joe Philbin.
Philbin cut his teeth in the NFL in 2003 on Green Bay's offensive coaching staff, serving as the assistant offensive line coach. He worked his way up to being the Offensive Coordinator by 2007, a role that he held through the 2011 season. His offenses in Green Bay always produced a Top 10 ranked unit in the league, and he had a huge part in winning Super Bowl XLV.
After a successful run with the Packers, Philbin left in January of 2012 to become the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Despite on having gone 24-28 as a head coach, Philbin was able to improve the Miami offense from being 27th in the league, up to 11th. Philbin was let go after 3 seasons with the Dolphins.
In 2016, Philbin was hired by the Colts as offensive line and assistant head coach, a position he held for 2 years.
In January of 2018, Philbin was brought back by Green Bay to try and recapture some of the magic the offense had under him in the early years of Aaron Rodgers. That season, after a 17–20 Packers loss to the Cardinals, Philbin was named Interim Head Coach, as Mike McCarthy was shown the door. After a new coach was brought in following the season, Philbin was not retained.
Mike McCarthy would reach out to Philbin again, ahead of the 2020 season to serve as the offensive line coach. Injuries and player attrition led to the drop in production of his O-Line unit over the last couple of years, and Philbin was terminated following the 2022 Season.
What It Means:
Ohio State has another brilliant mind coming to the offensive meetings that will be held during the season. Philbin will not count as a coach, but should provide a good mentorship figure, as Brian Hartline prepares for his first season as offensive coordinator. This is an interesting move, as Philbin is an expert in Offensive Line development, so Ryan Day may be getting a leg up on possibly having to replace Justin Frye after next season. We will see how this shakes out, but for now, this is a great addition for the Buckeyes.