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Who is Joe Philbin?

He might just be what Philip Rivers needs...

Philbin was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2007 and helped Brett Favre turn around a two-year skid in which Favre was as impressive as Matt Moore. After two years in which Favre finished with QB Ratings of 70.9 and 72.7, Favre finished with a QB Rating of 95.7, the highest rated season in a decade for Favre. Favre finished his only season in Philbin's offense 4,155 yards, 28 TDs, and 15 INTs. Favre was also sacked a career low 15 times. The Packers' offense ranked 2nd in the NFL, their highest rating since 1983. The Packers finished with 5,931 net yards and 435 points, both ranking fourth highest in franchise history.

In 2008, Aaron Rodgers took over from Favre and passed for 4,038 yards, making it the first time in NFL history two QBs have passed for over 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Rodgers again surpassed 4,000 yards in 2009 and Ryan Grant rushed for over 1,200 yards while both Donald Drive and Greg Jennings surpassed 1,000 yards in 2008 and 2009. This marked the first time in NFL history a team has had a QB throw for over 4,000 yards, a RB rush for over 1,200 yards, and two WRs surpass 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. The 2009 offense set a franchise record for points (461) and set their third highest mark in yards (6,065). They also turned the ball over only 16 times, a franchise record, in 2009.

During Philbin's four years as Offensive Coordinator, not including this season, Green Bay has scored 1,703 points and turned the ball over only 83 times, both franchise records for a four year period. The 83 giveaways are 2nd in the NFL to New England over that time period. The Packers have also set franchise records for postseason points scored in three of Philbin's years as Coordinator, with 42 against Seattle in 2007, 45 at Arizona in 2009, and 48 against Atlanta in 2010. Green Bay has ranked top ten in points scored and yards in every season under Philbin.

Much of Philbin's success can be attributed to Favre and Rodgers, but he's done a solid job of getting production from young players who have overachieved at positions such as WR, RB, and OL. His expertise is the offensive line, which would make many Dolphin fans cringe thanks to Tony Sparano. Unlike Sparano, Philbin often prefers a zone blocking scheme and has experience as an Offensive Coordinator.



This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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