New Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin's success will rise and fall with the quality of his assistants.
So, like most coaches, Philbin has reached into his past and surrounded himself with coaches he knows and trust, such as Mike Sherman, who hired him in Green Bay; his old friend Kevin Coyle and others with whom he has crossed paths during his extensive career.
Tony Sparano's staff.
And he has yet to hire a quarterbacks coach, although an assistant awaits.
Meet Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin and the rest of the 2012 coaching staff:
Career Highlights: Comes to Miami from Green Bay, where he was an assistant offensive line coach, tight ends/assistant offensive line coach, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator; Green Bay reached playoffs in four of Philbin's five seasons as offensive coordinator; has 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 in college; spent four seasons as offensive line coach at Iowa (1999-2002); offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Harvard (1997-98); offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Northeastern University (1995-96); offensive line coach at Ohio University (1994); four seasons (1990-93) at Allegheny College.
Personal: Born in Springfield, Mass.; graduated 1984, Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, where he played tight end; has master's degree in education from Tulane; he and wife Diane have six children.
Career Highlights: Comes to Miami after four years as head coach at Texas A&M; spent two seasons as the assistant head coach for the Houston Texans; was head coach of the Green Bay Packers for six seasons starting in 2000; was GM in Green Bay from
2001-04; had five winning seasons with the packers, including consecutive NFC North titles in 2002, 03 and 04; had .663 winning percentage (53-27) over his first five years; also coached offensive lines at A&M and UCLA; began coaching career as part-timer in Pittsburgh in 1981; also coached at Tulane and Holy Cross; played defensive end and offensive tackle at Central Connecticut State University
Personal: Born in Norwood, Mass. He and his wife, Karen, have five children.
Career highlights: Eleven years as a an NFL assistant coach; joined Bengals as in 2001 as cornerbacks coach, promoted to defensive backs coach in 2003; 23 years as a football coach in college; began in 1978 as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati; defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Syracuse, Maryland and Fresno State prior to joining Bengals; coached at Holy Cross from 1982-90, five years as defensive coordinator.
Personal: Born Jan. 14, 1956, Staten Island, N.Y. He and his wife, Louise, have one daughter.
Special Teams Coordinator
Career Highlights: Joined Dolphins in 2009; Miami's special teams unit jumped from ranked 24th in 2010 to second in 2011; former head coach at the University of New Haven (1999-2001) and Rhode Island (2008); also coached at Colgate, Northeastern and Rutgers.
Assistant Special Teams Coordinator
Career Highlights: Second season with Miami; spent three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2008-10) as their assistant special teams coach; also coached at San Jose State as defensive coordinator, co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
Defensive Line Coach
Career Highlights: Fifth season with the Dolphins; in 2011, Dolphins defense finished No. 3 in the NFL against the run; previously coached five years with the Dallas Cowboys, the final three as defensive line coach.
Career Highlights: Back with the Dolphins after two years as defensive coordinator with the Bills; prior to going to Buffalo, was Dolphins linebacker coach for five years. Also coached in Washington, Dallas and Cleveland in the NFL and Florida and Georgia and Duke, where he played college football.
Defensive Back Coach
Career Highlights: Spent eight seasons as the defensive backs coach at Purdue; coached defensive backs at Marshall (2001-2003), where he also served as special teams coordinator; assistant head coach at Harvard (1995-2000), working with the defensive backs and coordinating the special teams; defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy; graduate assistant coach at Syracuse (1990-91).
Offensive Line Coach
Career Highlights: Spent four seasons as O-line coach at Texas A&M for Mike Sherman; coached line at Boston College (2007) and Delaware (2005-06); also coached at Temple (2003-04), Harvard (2000-02); Louisiana Tech (1999) and Northeastern (1994-98).
Wide Receivers Coach
Career Highlights: Spent 13 seasons as offensive coordinator at Iowa; head coach at Fordham University (1998) and at Allegheny College for eight seasons (1990-97), where he was 79-10-1 and won five conference titles and the Division III national title in 1990; also was offensive line coach (1986-87) and offensive coordinator (1988-89) at Allegheny; Also coached at New Haven (1976-77).
Assistant Wide Receivers Coach
Career Highlights: Spent three seasons as wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida; played in the NFL for four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets; also played in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder; played college ball at University of Maine (1998-2000), where he later coached tight ends and wide receivers.
Assistant Quarterbacks Coach
Career Highlights: Was offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach at Texas A&M; 2006 Big 12 player of the year as a quarterback with Nebraska; signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2007; played for Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL in 2007.
Tight Ends Coach
Career Highlights: Entering second season as tight ends coach; started with Dolphins as a coaching intern; played 11 years in the NFL with the Giants (1999-2002), Cowboys (2003-05), Lions (2006-08) and Saints (2009). Played college ball at Texas A&M.
Career Highlights: Returning for a second season with the Dolphins; has 11 years in the NFL as a strength and conditioning coach; Played for Dennis Erickson at the University of Miami (1989-93) and was on Erickson's staff with the Seattle Seahawks; selected by San Diego in fifth round of 1994 draft; played with the Barcelona Dragons of the World League in 1996.
Assistant Strength Coach
Career Highlights: Entering fifth year with the Dolphins; assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Atlanta Falcons (2007); held the same post at the University of Virginia (2005-06); lettered in football (defensive end) and track at Holy Cross (1997-2000).
Quality control coach
Career Highlights: Entering his fifth season in the NFL and in Miami; coached linebackers and was graduate assistant at Ole Miss (2005-07).