Packers will have offensive coordinator Joe Philbin on Sunday

AP

Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is planning to participate in Sunday’s game against the Giants.

Philbin, who has been away from the team since his son Michael was found dead on Monday, will be at Lambeau Field, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told Lesley Visser of CBS Sports.

During the week the Packers’ assistants have split Philbin’s game-planning duties. On Sundays Philbin is typically in the coaches’ box and in communication with head coach Mike McCarthy, who calls the offensive plays.

Philbin has not spoken publicly this week but released a statement saying, “We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.”

25 responses to “Packers will have offensive coordinator Joe Philbin on Sunday

  1. It’s sad what happened to his son and I’m praying for him and his family.I hope Joe Philbin will become the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins and be a great coach for a long time to come.

  2. Sometimes it’s better to just jump right back into your normal routine. Condolences from Giants Nation. I’m glad to see that he’s doing well enough to move on. It won’t make things any easier for my Giants, but football is just a game. Life is more important.

    Go Blue!

  3. itwasagoodrun says:Jan 15, 2012 7:50 AM

    Not a smart move IMHO on his part. It’s too soon and his family needs him.
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    I have a feeling his family wants him to be there. If I were part of his family, I would want him to go there, and win for his team. It is about commitment.

  4. Who is to say if this is the right thing to do or not but the person making the decision and his family are the only people that matter. I have seen situations like this many times and all people handle grief different. I wish him and his family peace.

  5. (I apologize ahead of time for bringing up “he who name we do not speak”) Kinda like Favre playing the day after his dad died eh??? What a poor decision that was… For the Raiders that is…

  6. Good luck, today, Joe. You will have 80,000 friends cheering you on at Lambeau Field this afternoon.

  7. Trying to compare a grown man losing his father to a grown man losing his son is no where near the same. At the same time if coach philbin feels ready and his family supports him in showing up then by all means I feel he should be there

  8. Lombardi once said: “You will be successful in life if you focus on three things and only three things, God, Family and the Green Bay Packers.”

    We love you Joe!

  9. At some point, you have to start moving on…like so many of us have faced.
    I think this will be a good “distraction” for him and I wish him well.

  10. If that is what he feels he needs to do, I respect his decision and am glad the Packers will have him there today. I am certain he has the support of his family in this. His Packer family would have understood too had he chosen not to be there, but I am sure they will support him today by playing their hearts out for him.

  11. chuckyd317, I was thinking the very same thing. And much like that time, you know the team will play their hearts out for him…

  12. hodaghunter says:
    Jan 15, 2012 9:02 AM
    Lombardi once said: “You will be successful in life if you focus on three things and only three things, God, Family and the Green Bay Packers.”
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    The rest of that quote is.”…in that order.”

  13. Nesuperfan, To each their own. Joe can do what he feels is right, but I wouldnt be coaching an effin meaningless football game after the death of my son. Commitment to a football team is secondary in my world to family.

  14. itwasagoodrun, exactly. To each his own. I think the reference to the Raider game after Irv Favre died is a perfect example of how cathartic football can be.

  15. I admire his decision to play im sure his son would have wanted that but the giants are still leaving with the W

  16. itwasagoodrun says:
    Jan 15, 2012 7:50 AM
    Not a smart move IMHO on his part. It’s too soon and his family needs him.

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    You opinion means nothing here and should be kept to yourself. His family all live right there in Wisconsin. I am sure they talked this over and he got their blessing. It isn’t like he going to be gone for more than the day and not even the full day at that.

    They have grieved, sometimes the best way to help move on is to bring some normalcy to back to your life.

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