Green Bay Packers Vs. Miami Dolphins: Connections


After a convincing yet not necessarily impressive win over the miserable Oakland Raiders in London, the Miami Dolphins are fresh off their bye week to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Sun Life Stadium.  Here are five connections between the two teams as we head into Sunday’s 1:00 ET game.

1. Joe Philbin, HC Miami Dolphins

The most obvious connection between the two, and arguably the most heated member of the Dolphins’ organization right now.  Philbin is in his third season with the Dolphins, and has faced scrutiny in every season.  He fired former Packers coach Mike Sherman and brought in new OC Bill Lazor, and yet the ‘Fins have still yet to reach their full potential this season (aside from the Patriots game).  It will be interesting to see Philbin face his old team (where he served as OC from 2007-2011) and his old QB in Aaron Rodgers.

2. Will Davis, CB, Miami Dolphins

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dolphins moved up into the third round, and traded the 109th, 146th, and 226th overall pick in the NFL Draft for the Packers’ 93rd overall selection.  With the 93rd overall pick, the Dolphins selected CB Will Davis, which turned out to be a reach.  While Davis has contributed fairly to the Dolphins’ secondary, he has not proven to be worth this pick, and still is not a starter for the ‘Phins.  That being said, he is still young.

3. Matt Flynn, QB Green Bay Packers

Before the Ryan Tannehill era in Miami, the Dolphins were heavily considering trading for Packers backup Matt Flynn, who basically enjoyed success in one game against the Patriots back in 2010 and a few games in 2011.  The Dolphins decided to pass on Flynn, which proved to be a smart decision, as Flynn bounced around the league as an experimental starter before settling as the backup with his old team (the Packers) again in 2013.

4. Dom Capers, DC Green Bay Packers

Capers served as the special assistant to the Head Coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2006, and was the defensive coordinator for Miami in 2007.  He now will devise a game plan to shut down Miami’s offense on Sunday.

5. Mark Duffner, LB Coach Miami Dolphins

Duffner also served as the LB Coach for the Packers from 2003-2005.  He played defensive line at William and Mary.


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