Former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin is joining the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff after being hired Friday as the team's new offensive line coach.
Aaron Nagler of FanDuel noted Philbin's career has come full circle following a failed head coaching stint:
Philbin's first NFL gig was as assistant offensive line coach in Green Bay back in 2003. Hell of an oline to be involved with.— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) January 15, 2016
Philbin was rumored to be in the running for the New York Giants' vacant offensive coordinator gig, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, so his move to Indianapolis comes as a bit of a surprise. The Boston Globe's Ben Volin noted that he has a previous relationship with Colts cornerback Vontae Davis dating back to their time together with the Dolphins.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was banged up terribly behind a patchwork offensive line throughout the 2015 campaign, and as a result, he suffered a lacerated kidney and abdominal tear. He also dealt with a shoulder injury after taking repeated blows in the pocket.
"Long-term, [Ryan] Grigson can’t keep living this dangerously with his quarterback," USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones wrote in November. "He can’t expect Luck to just tough it out and survive behind an offensive line that has been cobbled together rather than truly built through big spending on free agency or high picks in the draft."
Although Philbin can't correct the Colts' personnel woes up front, he can help refine the offensive line's technique and try to stabilize one of the league's shakier units.
All told, it's a chance for Philbin to quickly rebuild his offensive coaching reputation after some lackluster results during his time with the Dolphins.