Let the Matt Flynn-to-Miami speculation commence.
Miami already looked like a potential landing spot for the Packers backup quarterback. Now that the Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has landed the head coaching job in Miami, it’s only natural to connect the dots.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins are interested in Flynn, but didn’t hire Philbin “with the assumption” that they would also land Flynn. It’s possible that Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements may also come with Philbin.
“We’re thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Dolphins as our head coach,” Dolphins owner Steven Ross said in a statement Friday night. “Joe has all the attributes we were looking for when we started this process. [General Manager] Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past.”
Philbin reportedly impressed Ross greatly in his two presentations. There were suggestions through the media that Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was Ireland’s pick, but Ross preferred Philbin.
Surely Philbin’s ability to develop quarterbacks and potential to improve the team’s passing game was high on the list of attributes that impressed Miami. His relationship with the best option on the free agent market couldn’t hurt.
The Dolphins seem ready to spend. While we wouldn’t assume Flynn will land there either, they certainly look like the early favorites.