After extensive meetings in Miami on Monday, Tony Sparano remains the team’s head coach and Jeff Ireland the team’s G.M.
Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald writes that the actions taken by owner Stephen Ross and CEO Mike Dee indicate a team “willing to clean house” but not necessarily looking to do so. Ross called the meetings “productive” and was described as calmer than he’d been in weeks.
Ireland’s job looks safe, but Sparano’s continued employment hasn’t stopped speculation about the head coaching position.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora expects the Dolphins to make a push to hire Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh while Sparano twists in the wind. Ross and Harbaugh are both Michigan alums. The two sides have reportedly “had contact.”
Meanwhile, La Canfora reports that sources “close to Bill Cowher” would only go to Miami if he could bring his own personnel guys. Basically, Ireland would have to be out for Cowher to be in. That looks very unlikely.
Harbaugh continues to be the “hot” coaching name like Jason Garrett a few years back. Even Cowher’s Super Bowl ring isn’t changing that.