Packers grant Joe Philbin permission to interview with Vikings

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The Packers have granted Joe Philbin permission to interview for the offensive line job with the Vikings, Bob McGinn of bobmcginnfootball.com reports.

The Vikings are seeking a permanent replacement for Tony Sparano, who died of heart disease last July.

Philbin spent 10 years in Green Bay in two different stints, including serving as offensive coordinator for 12 games this season and four games as interim head coach after the Packers fired Mike McCarthy.

He was the Dolphins’ head coach from 2012-15.

Philbin has experience as an offensive line coach, having held that job previously in Green Bay and Indianapolis as well as the college ranks.

42 responses to “Packers grant Joe Philbin permission to interview with Vikings

  1. He’d always be a key guy to have on the staff, but the offense was supposed to be better this year with him back, and it wasn’t. Difficult to determine what influence he had on McCarthy.

  2. Good man, good coach. He didn’t get the big gig in Green Bay so it stands to reason he’s available. The Vikings would be lucky to get him.

  3. Yes please! Can he bring Bakhtiari with him? The only thing I’ve admired about the Packers is the O-line play and Bakhtiari in particular. Like Philbin, he’s likely anxious to escape that toxic environment.

  4. “Like Philbin, he’s (Bakhtiari) likely anxious to escape that toxic environment.”
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    Someone obviously didn't listen to Philbin's end-of-year presser in Green Bay. I
    actually hope, if Philbin ends up with the Vikings, that he does well. He's a stellar
    individual and solid coordinator.

  5. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    January 9, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Joe Philbin is a good guy. What would happen to him if or when he puts on that purple is anyone’s guess.
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    I reckon he’d get up in the morning and go to work.

  6. I don’t know if he’d be part of the fix for the O-line, but they need someone to coach up these guys. The OC designs and calls the plays, but it’s hopeless if the line can’t execute.

  7. He is a decent guy and very smart. Smart enough to understand the Packers are a dumpster fire and next year will not be pretty. I have them winning 4 game if they are lucky

  8. Totally agree with Stellar this time,…. Philbin is a great O-line Coach, and I am not a Packer fan saying that. But any team would be lucky to have that guy, a loss for the Pack, and a most fortuitous add if my purple peeps get him. I’m a little surprised GB would let him get away, but understandable since they did not give him the HC gig.

  9. Mike Tice would turn the exact same guys they have right now into pro bowlers at every position.

  10. Liberalsruineverything says:
    January 9, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Outhouse to the Penthouse.
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    Wow! Hilarious.
    Well, if Joe does get the job hopefully he leaves his Super Bowl ring at home, we wouldn’t want to confuse some of the players he’s coaching.

  11. qckappa says:

    Classy & respectful of GB to allow him to pursue other opportunities.
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    It’s a promotion, so it’s the right thing to do.

  12. That’s interesting. I don’t think it would solve our long-term problems, will need to get rid of Zimmer and Cousins before that happens, but certainly increases the likelihood that we sweep the Packers next year.

  13. None of it matters without the players. If Philbin, or anybody else, can make the current O-line top 10, then open up the purses and pay whatever it takes. The Vikings absolutely have to get a O-line starter in free agency and in the top of the draft. I don’t care if theres a WR or RB of the century available in round 1, you take the best O-lineman there is.

  14. Win Just One for Tony says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:56 am
    That’s interesting. I don’t think it would solve our long-term problems, will need to get rid of Zimmer and Cousins before that happens, but certainly increases the likelihood that we sweep the Packers next year.
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    Just so we are clear, you think the biggest problem is Head Coach and QB. Not the O-line? And, I’d be ok going 14-2 and losing to the Packers twice a year.

  15. stellarperformance says:
    January 9, 2019 at 10:04 pm
    Good man, good coach. He didn’t get the big gig in Green Bay so it stands to reason he’s available. The Vikings would be lucky to get him.
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    I hope you’re right then. Honestly, not sure anybody could make this o-line top 15. Gotta get new players first.

  16. dragonfly99 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 1:29 pm
    Vikings trying to grab another Packer cast-off. Look for them to chase McCarthy next year
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    Why would the Vikings fire Zimmer, then hire McCarthy, when basically McCarthy got fired because he couldn’t beat Zimmer?

  17. conormacleod says:
    January 10, 2019 at 11:58 am
    Win Just One for Tony says:
    January 10, 2019 at 9:56 am
    That’s interesting. I don’t think it would solve our long-term problems, will need to get rid of Zimmer and Cousins before that happens, but certainly increases the likelihood that we sweep the Packers next year.
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    Just so we are clear, you think the biggest problem is Head Coach and QB. Not the O-line? And, I’d be ok going 14-2 and losing to the Packers twice a year.

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    I didn’t say they were our only problems. And, Case Keenum went 12-3 behind essentially that exact same OL in 2017. And threw for 3,500+ yards, with 22 TDs and only 7 INTs (in 15 games). OL did pretty good that year. Or maybe Case is just that much better than Kirk. You’re not going to get an argument from me on that.

  18. Win Just One for Tony says:
    January 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    And, Case Keenum went 12-3 behind essentially that exact same OL in 2017.

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    That’s not true at all. Only the LT and C (who didn’t start the season healthy) were the same.

  19. The loss of Tony and lack of drafting or signing a ready to play O lineman were the 2 factors that led to the disappointment this year. We need a good O line coach who is former head coach and assistant head coach. We also will need 2 to 3 new O lineman who could start. Sadly we have 3.5 starters today and that includes Easton who spent the entire year on IR. Reality is 1 O lineman will go down in the preseason so if you start the year with 5 starters – you play the entire season with 3 (count the number of starters missing games on the o line last year – it was over 16)

  20. I honestly don’t know if this would be a good hire or not.
    I would think there would be something better out there, but maybe not with Stefanski as our OC.
    If we had brought in someone from the outside as a OC one advantage is that they might of brought in someone else with them for OL.

    Does he have an eye for young talent so he can tell RS who to draft.

  21. If Compton and Remmers are still with the Vikings next fall the team isn’t going anywhere.I do not believe the Vikings need to select a Offensive Linemen necessarily with their first pick. But rounds 2-3-4 should be. They could use help on the defensive line too. Linvil is getting up there. Everson and Barr should be casualties of the cap space.

  22. Glad that didn’t happen, not a fan of this guy since seeing him on Hard Knocks. The players there didn’t respect the guy.

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