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Colts coach Chuck Pagano calls new assistant Joe Philbin a ‘darn good football coach’

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano congratulates Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin following an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Indianapolis. Miami defeated Indianapolis 24-20.
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano congratulates Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin following an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Indianapolis. Miami defeated Indianapolis 24-20. AP

Chuck Pagano’s rationale for hiring Joe Philbin to run the Colts’ offensive line Wednesday was, well, selective:

“He’s a darn good football coach,” Pagano said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He’s got a great history of developing great offensive lines, all the way back to Iowa, with coach [Kirk] Ferentz and the line he put together there, well documented what he did in Green Bay.”

Pagano continued: “He’s a great, great man. He’s a great football coach, a great football mind. He brings a ton of knowledge to our football staff and we’re very, very fortunate to have him.”

Pagano noticeably left out the last four years on Philbin’s résumé.

And there’s a reason. Philbin’s offensive lines in Miami were among the worst in the league. Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 184 times in his career — the most by any quarterback in the NFL since 2012.

Now he’s asked to fix a Colts offensive line that wasn’t particularly good in either the run game or pass protection last year.

Some thought that Philbin would rejoin Mike McCarthy in Green Bay after his termination. McCarthy had high praise for Philbin on Wednesday, saying he’s “an outstanding coach and a dear friend,” but wouldn’t say if he considered bringing Philbin back to Green Bay.

Philbin is not the only former Dolphins coach to join Pagano’s staff in Indianapolis. Darren Krein is the Colts’ strength and conditioning coach after holding the same job in Miami.

Pagano did lose an assistant to Miami this offseason.

Clyde Christensen is the Dolphins’ new offensive coordinator after spending years in Indianapolis. “Clyde’s got a great football mind, brings a ton of energy, a ton of knowledge,” Pagano said.

▪ The Dolphins carried more than $9.1 million in unused salary cap space from 2015, the NFLPA announced Wednesday. That provides some needed relief to a team that, without the rollover, was up against the projected $155 million cap.

▪ University of Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is one of many prospects training at Pete Bommarito’s Performance Systems in South Florida. Treadwell might be the first wideout taken in April, assuming he runs well at his pro day. Treadwell, who elected not to run here this week, said he hopes to log a time in the low 4.5s.

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