Joe Philbin was once hired by Mike Sherman in Green Bay. On Friday, Philbin returned the favor.
The new coach of the Miami Dolphins hired Sherman as offensive coordinator, also adding Kevin Coyle as the team’s defensive coordinator.
“They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character and teaching ability,” Philbin said.
Sherman was once Philbin’s high school English teacher. When Sherman was head coach at Green Bay, he gave Philbin his first NFL coaching job.
Sherman joins Miami after four years as head coach at Texas A&M. He also has been on staffs at Seattle and Houston, along with college stops at Tulane, Holy Cross and UCLA.
Coyle has been a coach in Cincinnati since 2001, serving the last nine of those years as the Bengals’ defensive backs coach.
CHILDRESS TO BROWNS
Pat Shurmur hired former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as his first offensive coordinator, reuniting two coaches who spent seven seasons together on Andy Reid’s staff in Philadelphia.
Childress, who spent nearly five seasons with the Vikings before he was fired in 2010, will try to improve the Browns’ dismal offense, which scored just 218 points last season, finished 29th in total yardage, 28th in rushing and 24th in passing.
Gordy Gronkowski, the father of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, told a western New York television station that his son has a high ankle sprain but will be ready for the Super Bowl. The Patriots held Gronkowski out of practice for a second consecutive day. … Receiver Hakeem Nicks, cornerback Corey Webster and linebacker Jacquian Williams missed their second straight day of practice for the Giants. … The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says the Rams’ plan to play one home game in London the next three years violates the team’s stadium lease. They are awaiting a response from the team. … Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery got a second interview for the Bears’ vacant general manager’s position. … New Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey has completed his staff by hiring Tom Myslinski as strength and conditioning coach. … The Ravens promoted linebackers coach Dean Pees to replace defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and retained offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. … Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard cut the ribbon on Super Bowl Village and declared the downtown hub for pre-game activity ready for visitors Friday. The Experience fan hall also opened, nine days before the Feb. 5 game at nearby Lucas Oil Stadium.