Joe Philbin hasn’t called plays since 1996, at Northeastern University

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Aaron Rodgers is no Jim Murphy.

The last time Packers interim coach Joe Philbin was calling plays, he had a slightly different grade of quarterback.

Via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Philbin admitted this week that the last time he called plays was 1996, when he was the offensive coordinator at Northeastern University.

Murphy (who went on to spend two seasons with the Patriots and a year with the Barcelona Dragons) was his quarterback then, a slightly different challenge than handling one of the league’s top passers.

It’s been a while,” Philbin said. “Been a while.”

Despite his long stint as the Packers offensive coordinator and three years as the Dolphins head coach, Philbin has never called plays in an NFL game. He has four games to figure it out, after the Packers fired head coach/play-caller Mike McCarthy Sunday.

While he may not have called plays during games, Philbin was involved in game-planning.

“I would sit with Mike and Aaron a lot and talk about the calls and first 15 [plays that are scripted] and those things,” Philbin said. “But yeah, obviously it’s going to be a little bit different. Sometimes, because I wasn’t calling the plays, I could kind of peek ahead a little bit so we could move forward a little bit. I think that will be the biggest difference. I’m not going to be looking at our next opponent until the game is over. I think that’s one of the big changes. And then obviously just sequencing the calls the right way and hopefully they work when we call ’em.”

Other than a 13-game stint with Tom Clements in 2015, McCarthy has been the only other play-caller Rodgers has known as a pro. Perhaps he could call Murphy for advice on what to expect.

30 responses to “Joe Philbin hasn’t called plays since 1996, at Northeastern University

  1. He may have not called plays in recent memory, but I doubt he’s been living or coaching under a rock either..

  2. “Despite his long stint as the Packers offensive coordinator and three years as the Dolphins head coach, Philbin has never called plays in an NFL game.”

    Purrrfect scenario for Rodgers. He can officially call his own plays now.

    (of course he’s been doing that all year anyway)

  3. Let me save the haters some time and say it for them. No need to be a good play caller because Rodgers is going to change them anyway.

  4. At least he has experience calling plays. Still better than a position coach that moved up to OC and never doing it before (ie. Byron Leftwich in Arizona).

    And I would say Leftwich has had moderate successful too, considering his entire starting offensive line are now all injured and out for the season.

  5. pkrlvr says:
    December 6, 2018 at 9:33 am
    Let me save the haters some time and say it for them. No need to be a good play caller because Rodgers is going to change them anyway
    ——
    So much for the accountability in Green Bay.
    Rodgers does what he wants

  6. “Still better than a position coach that moved up to OC and never doing it before (ie. Byron Leftwich in Arizona).”
    ______________

    If you say so. LOL.

  7. I’d let Rogers call the plays while I was in his ear all game long with suggestions and points of interest. See how that works and then pull back as necessary, at least Rogers can’t complain then and maybe we can reach a balance by next season. Get a defensive genius as HC, and hire an young stud OC that can ease into the job and get the lay of the land as Rogers and the OC figure things out. Just saying…..

  8. Rodgers calls his own plays…the Packers lose yet again…it’s somebody else’s fault and he’ll find players to throw under the team bus…that’s how he rolls. GO BEARS!

  9. packers dont even need someone calling the plays. let erin rodgers do it. 1st play of the game will be erin rodgers holding his hands up and complaining to the refs

    “but i wanted a free play on the false start, ref!”

  10. packers dont even need someone calling the plays. let erin rodgers do it. 1st play of the game will be erin rodgers holding his hands up and complaining to the refs

    “but i wanted a free play on the false start, ref!”
    =====

    As if coaches and coordinators all over the League don’t prepare for that EXACT thing eveytime they play the Packers….

  11. You gotta be kidding me.
    This is the pros.
    He’s been out of play calling for 22 years, and you turn to him?
    This makes whoever is running the organization look like a fool.
    You don’t fire people unless you have a rational transition plan.

  12. conormacleod says:
    December 6, 2018 at 10:06 am
    Delay of game, offense.
    —————
    They rarely take delay penalties. I wish they would take the delay of game, instead of burning their timeouts early in the half.

  13. I hope the next coach let’s Rodgers call his own plays. Peyton was by this point in his career. GB just needs a defensive Mastermind.
    =====

    Is there a defensive mastermind out there? Other than Belichick and Carroll?

    Their Lieutenants certainly can’t seem emulate their success!!

  14. Philbin has never called plays in the NFL I find that amazing that he was promoted to head coach. Just kind of mind blowing that an OC never called any plays.

  15. Honestly, I’ won’t rip him. Andy Reid never called plays when he came to Philly. There are a lot of offensive/defensive coordinators around who do not call plays, become head coaches, then they do.

  16. arclight1972 says:
    December 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

    You don’t fire people unless you have a rational transition plan.

    ++++++

    Here Joe, keep this seat warm and try not to win 2 or more games so our new coach has a high draft pick to work with next year. That is rational.

  17. I remember when my Dolphins hired him.

    I also remember that AFTER they hired him, I learned this tidbit of information.

    Stephen Ross, you hired this guy. We all saw what happened to the team after another one of your mistakes.

    As much as I want Tannenbaum (your buddy from NYC) removed from his position of extending contracts unnecessarily (see McDonald, Branch, etc), the guy who really needs to go…

    is you.

  18. They’re going to let A-A-Ron call a LOT of plays… see how well he can command the game, before hiring their next coach.

    If (and when) A-A-Ron realizes he’s not as great at it as he presumes (doubtful), it’ll help the next GB coach put him in his place (Accountability) and let the next coach do their job properly (less drama). Even Blowhard Bruce doesn’t want to touch GB with a 10′ pole!

    Humble Yourself, Aaron, because GB is gonna let you sink the ship to make a point (Chip Kelly) – that point being how Mark Rypien, Trent Dilfer, Nick Foles, Jim McMahon, Jeff Hostetler, Doug Williams, Joe Flacco and Brad Johnson all have the same number of rings as you. At least Favre got to the big one twice – while sandwiched between the uber-elite 49ers and Cowboys!

    What you can be isn’t what you are, it’s what you were. Time to put up and shut up because you’ll be exposed if you don’t.

  19. Not sure how Philbin really got that Dolphins job in the first place.

    Being a good Play Caller is largely a function of how good your O-Line is.

    If you have a Good O-Line, you have chance.

  20. packerlies says:

    Here Joe, keep this seat warm and try not to win 2 or more games so our new coach has a high draft pick to work with next year. That is rational.
    ###

    So you are in favor of the Packers officially tanking the season???

    I suppose that’s how you and the Packers roll…

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