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Joe Philbin to join Giants coaching staff though position is unclear

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin appears to be heading to the New York Giants and re-uniting with Ben McAdoo.

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The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin after a 1-3 start to the 2015 season and a 24-28 record in three-plus seasons. It now appears he could find his next job with the New York Giants, re-uniting him with Ben McAdoo. McAdoo, who is being promoted to be the Giants new head coach after two years as the team's offensive coordinator, previously served as the tight ends coach for the Green Bay Packers when Philbin, who was hired by the Dolphins in 2012, was the Packers' offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.

There had been speculation following the Dolphins' hire of Philbin that the team could try to get McAdoo as the offensive coordinator. That, however, never happened and now it appears Philbin will end up being McAdoo's assistant.

Initial reports have indicated that Philbin will take on the offensive coordinator role for the Giants, likely returning to a role similar to his time as the Packers' coordinator, where head coach Mike McCarthy called the plays. McAdoo could keep that responsibility for himself, while giving Philbin the responsibility of managing the offense and developing overall game plans.

A report from Pro Football Talk on Thursday, however, indicates the Giants could be looking to promote quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan to the offensive coordinator position, with Philbin taking a different role within the organization. PFT's Zac Jackson speculates that Philbin could fill an "assistant head coach" role for 2016.