Joe Philbin Hired: What It Means For Future of Miami Dolphins Franchise

Thomas GaliciaFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 20, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Joe Philbin of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Hey, remember what I said yesterday about Mike McCoy and Robert Griffin III?

Scratch that. Pretend it didn't happen—poof, gone.

The Miami Dolphins have done something, if Adam Schefter's source is to be believed (and 85 percent of that time the answer is yes, believe it), that finally earns my seal of approval.

According to Schefter, the Dolphins have hired Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin to be their eighth head coach in team history.

Philbin has served in Green Bay as offensive coordinator since 2007, and has been with the organization since 2003. The Miami Dolphins will be his first NFL head coaching job.

Philbin's offense in Green Bay has ranked in the top 10 the last five seasons, and in four out of five of those seasons the Packers have made the playoffs, including winning the Super Bowl last season.

However, it should be noted that Philbin hasn't called the plays in Green Bay; it has been Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

Philbin will likely run a West Coast offense similar to what has been used in Green Bay. Due to that, there's a good chance that Philbin will be able to lure Packers free-agent backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

This is great news for Jeff Ireland if Flynn signs with Miami, as it will allow him to address other needs on the team and not use their first-round pick on a starting quarterback. It even gives Miami the option to trade down if they have to.

As for filling out the staff, interim head coach Todd Bowles is a good possibility for Dolphins defensive coordinator. However, another name on that list should Bowles decide to go elsewhere includes Packers assistant and former Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers linebacker (and professional wrestler) Kevin Greene.

Offensive coordinator could likely be former Packers offensive coordinator and Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinksi or current Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements.

Miami's future now looks brighter than it has in the last year after this move. Philbin brings a good resume in Green Bay of developing quarterbacks (not just Flynn but also Aaron Rodgers), which is where the Dolphins need dire help.

His offense also places a heavy emphasis on tight end. Expect Charles Clay and a tight end drafted by Miami to get plenty of touches, while also seeing Brandon Marshall (if he stays in Miami) get open more easily down the field. Reggie Bush will also get plenty of opportunities to catch passes out of the backfield and in a West Coast offense finds himself in an offense that can take advantage of all of his talents.

This is the Dolphins' best move in quite a while, and Dolphins fans should embrace this. Miami now has the chance to put together a solid offense while not taking away from their already-decent defense.

I'm not saying to go place an order for playoff tickets yet, but you will see improvement in the Dolphins next year.

And more likely than not, beyond next year and into the future.