Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dolphins' Philbin getting 1st taste of AFC East rivalry


Joe Philbin has been an NFC guy his entire professional coaching career.

At least until now.

Philbin, who was hired as the Miami Dolphins' offense coordinator following the 2011 regular season, spent the last nine years with the Green Bay Packers. Sunday, Philbin will get a taste of his first AFC East rival bout.

Is he feeling it yet? "Starting to," Philbin told the New York media via conference call.

"Again I’m new to the AFC, new to the AFC East, but walking into the team meeting this morning, some of the guys were a little more lively than maybe they would be on a typical Wednesday morning, knowing that it’s a division rival, it’s a home game, it’s a September game, and it’s the New York Jets, an excellent football team.

"So hopefully our guys will be excited and ready to go."

The Jets and Dolphins have split games the last two years. Before that, the Jets won three in a row. Before that, the Dolphins won five in a row.

Gang Green holds the overall series edge by a 48-44-1 margin.

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