Packers' offensive coordinator on leave after son's death

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11 2012 8:45 p.m. MST

This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Divers have recovered the body of the Philbin's son from an icy Wisconsin River, but police said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 they do not suspect foul play. Michael Philbin, 21, disappeared at about 2 a.m. Sunday after an outing with friends in the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus area, about 50 miles from Green Bay.

File, Associated Press

Mike McCarthy called it a "punch in the heart."

Then the typically stoic Green Bay Packers coach briefly lost his composure, pausing for several seconds as he choked up with emotion.

It was another sign of how hard the team has been hit by the death of Michael Philbin, the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

With Sunday's playoff game against the New York Giants to prepare for — and a Super Bowl repeat to strive for — real life has knocked the Packers back.

Philbin wasn't with the team Wednesday and will be away indefinitely as he and his family deal with the loss of Michael, whose body was recovered from an icy Wisconsin river on Monday.

McCarthy said he and the rest of his offensive assistant coaches are dividing up Philbin's responsibilities, and will continue to do so as long as they need to.

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JAGS OFFICIALLY HIRE MULARKEY: The Jaguars hired Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey on Tuesday night, making him the franchise's third head coach in 18 years and tasking him with turning around the league's worst offense

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COACH RETIRING AFTER 45-YEAR CAREER: Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck is retiring, ending a 45-year coaching career that included 29 in the NFL. Houck spent 13 seasons with the Cowboys.

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