GREEN BAY – Joe Philbin thought Ben McAdoo would have been a good offensive coordinator for him two years ago. Now, the Miami Dolphins head coach might get the chance to hire his Green Bay Packers coaching colleague after all.
Philbin, the former Packers offensive coordinator who just finished his second season as the Dolphins head coach, fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman Monday, and McAdoo is the logical leading candidate. An NFL source said Monday evening that McAdoo could interview for a coordinator job if the opportunity arose. That would mean that either his contract has expired or he has some sort of clause in his deal that will allow him to interview. Details of coaches’ contracts are notoriously difficult to come by.
Philbin actually wanted to interview McAdoo when he first got the Dolphins job in January 2012, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy blocked McAdoo from interviewing because he was under contract to the Packers. When Philbin left, quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was promoted to offensive coordinator and McCarthy, who worked with McAdoo in New Orleans (2004) and San Francisco (2005) before hiring him as tight ends coach in 2006, promoted McAdoo to quarterbacks coach. McAdoo was also blocked from interviewing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator job under Greg Schiano that year. Schiano was fired last week.
The 36-year-old McAdoo and Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers got off to a bit of a rocky start when McAdoo replaced Clements, but the two are now “very close,” according to Rodgers.
Reports out of South Florida indicated that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross likely pushed for Philbin to fire Sherman, whose offense managed just seven points in the Dolphins’ final two games, both losses. Miami merely needed to win one of the two games against the Buffalo Bills or New York Jets to reach the AFC playoffs but finished 7-9 after scoring just one touchdown in its final 24 possessions.
Sherman, the Packers head coach from 2000 through 2005, was Philbin’s high-school English teacher and brought him into the NFL as an assistant offensive line coach from Iowa in 2003.
If McAdoo were to leave, McCarthy could make running backs coach Alex Van Pelt the QBs coach. Van Pelt is a former NFL quarterback and has coached quarterbacks in the past.
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