Buckeyes have hired the former head coach of the NFL, Joe Philbin, as an offensive analyst. This means that Ohio State has added a bold name and an experienced coach to its staff.
Philbin won the Super Bowl as the Packers’ offensive coordinator during the 2010 NFL season. He previously served as the interim head coach of the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins.
Philbin, a former Dolphins player, will work with the offensive staff and under coordinator Brian Hartline at Ohio State. Veteran offensive line coach Justin Frye will benefit from Philbin’s offensive line experience. When tight ends coach Kevin Wilson left Ohio State for Tulsa, there was a need for more offensive line expertise on the Buckeyes staff. Wilson had experience on the offensive line early in his career.
The hire demonstrates Ohio State’s ongoing effort to add football brainpower to the building under head coach Ryan Day, a stated effort that began following Alabama’s defeat in the national title game following the 2020 season.
On the offensive staff off the field, veteran coordinator Todd Fitch, who specializes in the throwing game, will work alongside Philbin. Previous Buckeye star James Laurinaitis joined the program in January as an alumni right hand working with the guard. Mike Dawson, a former Nebraska assistant, joined Ohio State’s defensive staff as an analyst earlier this offseason.
Philbin began his NFL career with the Packers in 2003, when he was just starting out. From 2012 to 2015, during his four seasons as the Dolphins’ head coach, he went 24-28. Hartline was a Dolphins player from 2009 to 2014. Philbin is 26-30 by and large as a NFL mentor, counting his four-game break spell at Green Sound in 2018.
Philbin was fired from the Cowboys following the 2022 season, after three years with the team. Philbin’s last school work came as Iowa’s hostile line mentor from 1999 to 2002, and he’d served at six different universities as the hostile line mentor before that, including Harvard, Northeastern and Ohio.
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