Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, on a leave of absence from the Packers following the weekend death of his 21 year old son Michael, issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon through the team's public relations department. It reads, "We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss. Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner's office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal."
Michael Philbin was reported missing early Sunday morning and after authorities received a report of a man heard yelling for help in the Fox River, discovered the body Monday and made a positive identification Monday night. Joe Philbin is not expected to be with the team when the Packers host the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday afternoon. Mike McCarthy said earlier this week contingency plans are in place to deal with Philbin's absence.
Former Green Bay Director of Football Operations Reggie McKenzie was formally introduced as the new General Manager of the Oakland Raiders Tuesday afternoon. He didn't waste any time getting to work, firing head coach Hue Jackson after he finished 8-8 in his only season on the job. McKenzie said he understands the tradition of the Raiders but, "it's time for a change and that time is now." There are numerous reports McKenzie is very interested in Green Bay assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss to succeed Jackson. McKenzie will likely have to wait until the Packers are eliminated from the playoffs or win the Super Bowl to talk to Moss. Safety coach Darren Perry has also been mentioned as a possible candidate.