Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin are on the verge of reuniting on the Dallas staff. The Cowboys are expected to hire the longtime Packers assistant and former Dolphins head coach as their offensive line coach, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Although Philbin did not coach this season, he spent 10 years with the Packers. Seven of those came under McCarthy. Philbin’s most recent Packers stint concluded as the team’s interim head coach, after McCarthy was fired in early December of last season.
Green Bay’s offensive coordinator from 2007-11, Philbin oversaw Brett Favre‘s resurgent 2007 showing and Aaron Rodgers‘ subsequent growth into a superstar. Following Philbin’s three-plus-season Dolphins stay, he coached the Colts’ O-line from 2016-17 and returned as Packers OC to start the ’18 season.
Philbin, 58, will replace Marc Colombo. The former Cowboys lineman took over for the fired Paul Alexander midway through the 2018 season. Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing that year, doing so despite Travis Frederick‘s season-long absence. Although Colombo’s contract runs through 2021, Archer adds he will not stay with the Cowboys. Dallas’ Pro Bowler-laden O-line ranked second in adjusted line yards and in pass protection, according to Football Outsiders.
Philbin’s anticipated hire will give the Cowboys three assistant coaches who once served as HCs. The Cowboys are bringing in ex-49ers coach Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator and fellow ex-San Francisco HC Jim Tomsula as D-line coach.