Ohio State has added bold names and experienced coaches to its staff, and the Buckeyes have hired former NFL head coach Joe Philbin as an offensive analyst, sources told ESPN.
Philbin was the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, interim coach of the Green Bay Packers, and was the Packers’ offensive coordinator during the 2010 NFL season, winning the Super Bowl.
At Ohio State, Philbin will work alongside the offensive staff under former Dolphins player Brian Hartline. Philbin has an offensive line background and will help veteran offensive line coach Justin Frye. When tight end coach Kevin Wilson left for Tulsa, Wilson’s offensive line background from early in his career created a need for additional offensive line expertise on the Buckeyes staff.
The hiring marks Ohio State’s continued effort to add football savvy to the building under manager Ryan Day, an effort that came after the 2020 postseason loss to Alabama for the national title. stated to have begun.
Philbin will be joined by veteran coordinator Todd Fitch, who brings his slow game expertise to the offfield offense. Former Buckeye star James Laurinatis joined the program in January as a graduate assistant in defense. Earlier in the offseason, Ohio State added former Nebraska state assistant Mike Dawson to its defensive staff as an analyst.
Philbin’s NFL experience dates back to 2003 when he played for the Packers. Hartline went 24-28 in four seasons as Dolphins head coach from 2012-2015. Hartline played for the Dolphins from 2009-2014. Philbin has a 26-30 record as an NFL coach, including a four-game stint as Green Bay’s interim manager in 2018.
Philbin’s last NFL job was with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was fired after the 2022 season after three years there. Philbin’s last college job was as an offensive line coach at the University of Iowa from 1999 to 2002, and prior to that he was an offensive line coach at six other colleges, including Harvard, Northeastern and Ohio. was teaching.