But while much of the focus has rightly been on the opposite side of the ball, where the Packers haven’t had a top-10 defense since the 2010 team won Super Bowl XLV and have replaced longtime coordinator Dom Capers with Mike Pettine, McCarthy has decided the offensive playbook needs some freshening up, too. And although Philbin’s hiring wasn’t announced until Wednesday, he and McCarthy have been working on the playbook renovations for much of January.
“Joe Philbin (has) great positive energy. It’s been a lot of fun,” McCarthy said. “We’ve taken a little bit of a back to basics approach on offense. We’re going back and building a playbook like you would if it was your first year as a staff. Joe’s such a great teacher. So, it’s been a lot of fun so far.”
Joe Philbin hasn't been relevant since the 2011 season, and NFL offenses and defenses have changed a lot since then.
McCarthy was a the driver of the short bus but Joe Philbin was the occupant of every seat.
I feel like Joe Philbin was installed so they can tank. Pettine would have dictated going Aaron Jones run-heavy and actually fixed things and opened some room to let Rodgers sling it around. The risk is they may have won some games.
This is some of the directly linked stuff from/to Aaron and the offense I was referring to, jnadke.
Aaron Rodgers owes a lot of his success to Joe Philbin who is the Green Bay Packers "new" offensive coordinator. Phiblin was hired to be the Packers OC last month after spending the last six seasons as a head coach for the Miami Dolphins and assistant head coach for the Indianapolis Colts. Before joining the Dolphins and Colts, Philbin was the Packers offensive coordinator from 2007-2011 so Rodgers is glad to have him back.
"I love Joe Philbin," Rodgers said to Nate Davis of USA Today earlier this month. "He was a big part of my development as a young player. Fantastic in front of a room, great teacher of the game, great at installs. Just really understands what we're doing on offense. Great personality. I had a conversation with him on the phone, and that was exciting. We fell right back into some of the inside jokes we had, and he's just a great football coach and glad we got him back."
When the Philbin was running the Packers offense, they were ranked in the top 10 in total offense and scoring offense. The Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010 and they posted a 15-1 record in 2011 after averaging over 30 points per game. Philbin won't be calling plays for the Packers as that honor goes to head coach Mike McCarthy. However, he told reporters during his introductory press conference that his job is to make McCarthy the "smartest play caller in the NFL."
The Packers offense has always been strong with Rodgers under center. But now that he has Philbin back leading the offense, there's no reason the Packers can't make a push to being the best in the NFL in 2018.
Joe Philbin is back with the Green Bay Packers and he wouldn't have it any other way. After spending the last two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Philbin was hired to be the Packers offensive coordinator, a position he held from 2007-2011. And this time around, Philbin has one goal.
When Philbin spoke to the media on Wednesday, he explained his role with the Packers this season and beyond. With head coach Mike McCarthy calling plays for the Packers this season, Philbin said he envisions his role with the Packers the same as it was in his first stint with the Packers: "Making Mike McCarthy look like the smartest play caller in the NFL."
With the duo of Philbin and McCarthy, the Packers offense was one of the best in the NFL at the beginning of Aaron Rodgers career. When Philbin was the OC before, the Packers reached the playoffs four of the five seasons, reached the NFC Championship game twice and won the Super Bowl in 2010. And in Philbin's final year as OC, the Packers set a franchise record in points scored, total yards, touchdowns and passing touchdowns which led to the team registering a 15-1 record and Rodgers winning his first MVP award.
Last year, the Packers averaged 20 points per game which ranked 21st in the NFL. The main reason for that had to do with Rodgers being out of action for more than half of the season, but McCarthy still felt like the unit should have done more with Brett Hundley. So with Rodgers healthy and Philbin back running the offense, the Packers have a chance return as a Super Bowl contender in 2018.
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