DAVIE, Fla. — Former high school English instructor Mike Sherman remembers Joe Philbin as an introspective, cerebral creative writing student.

The relationship goes back to 1980, when both were at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass. Now they're working on a narrative that may seem farfetched: taking the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl.

Sherman, the Dolphins' third offensive coordinator in as many years, spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about his new job. After being fired in December as head coach at Texas A&M, Sherman has reunited with Philbin, who became a first-time head coach when the Dolphins hired him last month.

They worked together for three years in Green Bay, where Sherman was the Packers' head coach and hired Philbin as an assistant.