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“Lang called Philbin a "very loved man" in the Packers' organization. "It's tough to watch him go through something like this," Lang said. "So we're doing our best to show our support for him, and I think the best way we can do that is go out there and execute and make some plays on Sunday. That's what he would want us to do. I think that's the best statement we can make as a team." Kicker Mason Crosby spoke to Philbin at Thursday's visitation. "(He's) seeing a lot of people and just occasionally breaking down," Crosby said. "It's a tragedy you don't want anyone to ever have to go through, especially a good family like they have. It's good that they have so much support, that family is able to come in, and the guys on the team everyone's just rallied, and all of the wives and the family members of the players and coaches have really done everything they could to try to help. And that's going to have to continue because it's going to be a tough time." The Philbins have five other children. Crosby said his wife, Molly, has become close with Philbin's wife, Diane. "She's just kind of been a mentor, in a sense, to my wife, to help her with our son, Nolan, and just kind of learning the ropes sometimes," Crosby said. "My wife likes to learn, and Diane's just been such an inspiration to her. Roles change sometimes. I know them and talking to Joe and Diane last night, they have a hard time just having those roles change because they want to be so strong, and it's hard for them to let go." With Philbin away from the team, the Packers' other offensive assistants divided his responsibilities. "I can tell you this from our whole staff: Joe is with us," offensive line coach James Campen said. "Even though he's physically not here, his presence is here. Joe is not only someone we've all been together with but in other ways, too, he's always been one to teach for the unexpected. So, we're fine in what we're doing and I'm very confident in our preparation. Joe is with us, even though he's not here." Nobody expects Philbin to be anywhere but with his family when the Packers face the Giants, defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said he wouldn't be surprised if Philbin shows up for the game. "Nobody's expecting that at all because we know his family needs him right now," Pickett said. "But we miss him. Of course we miss coach, everybody misses him around the building. But we know his family needs him more."
This organization puts family first, so I respect that and I encourage that, and I'm appreciative of that as well. I think today, when it's all said and done, today is going to be the right thing to do. Moving forward, we'll deal with this today and get ready for Sunday to play a hell of a game."” -- Packers assistant head coach