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Mort, Schefter: Dolphins hire Joe Philbin

1/20/2012

After weeks of searching, the Miami Dolphins finally named their next head coach. ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are both reporting former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is Miami's new head coach.

Philbin wasn't Miami's first choice. The team wanted veteran coach Jeff Fisher, who turned down the Dolphins to take the same position with the St. Louis Rams. But Miami hopes Philbin, a first-time head coach, can add energy and enthusiasm into this struggling franchise. The Dolphins started 0-7 last season and finished with a 6-10 record.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted an offensive-minded coach and got one with Philbin. He played a huge role in Green Bay's high-powered offense, which led the team to a 15-1 record this season.

Philbin is replacing former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who was 29-32 in four seasons with Miami and has just one playoff appearance. The AFC East blog will have more analysis on this hire coming up.