Cowboys Expected To Hire Joe Philbin

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.

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8 comments on “Cowboys Expected To Hire Joe Philbin

  1. Breezy

    I don’t know how I feel about this. Colombo did a solid job with those guys

  2. Thronson5

    I feel like the Cowboys actually need to draft more on that O Line. Seems like their guys are getting a little older and are banged up and haven’t been as good as we are use to them being which happens over time. Elliot has a good year but wasn’t as great and I don’t think it was him, I think it was the O Line plus him missing that time with the hold out. But if then add to the O Line and lock down Cooper & Dak they will be set. Maybe get some more depth on D but they do have a pretty damn good team and even though I’m not a Cowboys fan, actually grew up hating them as a 9ers fan but km really excited to see what they can do with this new staff. I am a big fan of Dak, Elliot and Cooper and a big fan of McCarthy. Gonna be fun to watch them turn it out. I want to see GB, Dallas and SF back at it, batting eachother in the playoffs like the old days when it was a heated rivalry.

    • amx19

      Dude I agree with everything you just said

      Also with the bills making a resurgence it could really get like the old days

    • Perksy

      How about SF, Bears, Giants, Redskins. Then it would feel like the good old days of the 80’s.

  3. elscorcho the marlin
    elscorcho the marlin

    “You gotta turn those thumbs the other way around.”

    Forever imprinted in every dolphin fans mind.

  4. mazzith

    Columbo was outstanding and earned the right to stay, adding to it he’s a cowboy through and through.

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