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Dolphins start coaching search, casting wide net


The Dolphins won’t hold an end-of-the-year press conference.

They don’t want interim head coach Todd Bowles to answer questions that he isn’t equipped to answer. In lieu of talking to the media, G.M. Jeff Ireland released a statement Monday through Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

“[Owner] Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and provide the best possible result for the franchise.

“That search has begun and there is no designated timetable; it will be conducted in a manner that give us the greatest opportunity to hire the individual we feel is best suited to become the team’s head coach.”

Salguero believes Jeff Fisher is on the team’s radar, but doubts they’ll get him. The presence of Ireland would seem to discourage an established veteran coach.

Instead, the Dolphins are more likely to look at coordinators. Salguero writes the following names will be in the mix: Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, and Cowboys special-teams coach Joe DeCamillis.  Salguero puts Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey in the “maybe” category.

There may not be big names on that list. But if you look at the best recent hires, they are rarely ticket-selling hires. If anything, some of those names above may be too big.

Mike McCarthy, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith, and Sean Payton were hardly well known quantities when they got hired.

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34 Responses to “Dolphins start coaching search, casting wide net”
  1. My Last Victim Escaped says: Jan 2, 2012 1:11 PM

    What? No token minority coach on that list?

  2. samoanjungle says: Jan 2, 2012 1:16 PM

    Whew! As long as these teams aren’t looking at Mike Zimmer. I’m blown away that he isn’t on the top of a few team’s lists.

  3. brenenostler says: Jan 2, 2012 1:19 PM

    I’m sure they’ll also interview Perry Fewell to satisfy the Rooney rule

  4. rajbais says: Jan 2, 2012 1:23 PM

    Why is the guy in the picture not being replaced???

  5. deadeye says: Jan 2, 2012 1:25 PM

    Philbin or Chudzinski please. The Dolphins need an offensive minded head coach who can develop a young QB. Their top pick will be a QB, and if they add some team speed on offense and defense, they might actually make the playoffs again in my lifetime.

  6. lanjoith says: Jan 2, 2012 1:27 PM

    If Norv is actually fired I could see Mike Zimmer as the Chargers next head coach.

  7. KIR says: Jan 2, 2012 1:28 PM

    @My Last Victim Escaped

    Were you complaining when there were no minority head coaches? That’s right. There were none because they weren’t qualified. Dude get a life.

    Tokens like
    Mike Tomlin
    Lovey Smith
    Tony Dungy
    Marvin Lewis
    Romeo Crennel (D. coordinator of how many Superbowls)

  8. scyankee9999 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:30 PM

    So sad to see a large list of defensive coordinators. What Miami needed is an offensive minded coach so we can stop playing ball control let the defense win games football. Didnt that work for the Jets this year? Lol

  9. jpack1974 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:31 PM

    Todd Bowles will be the Rooney Rule interview.

  10. crashdog says: Jan 2, 2012 1:33 PM

    Is Bowles not on the list because his mother worked for his father back in the day?

  11. lostsok says: Jan 2, 2012 1:35 PM

    They don’t need to find a minority for the Rooney rule…they just need to give Boweles and interview, which he’s earned anyway.

    Personally, I like Billick. Experienced, rested, intelligent…and probably the only “name” coach that would be willing to work with Ireland, and not want to change the coordinators. A change AND continuity.

  12. johnshawisgay says: Jan 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    GR says: “Mike McCarthy, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Mike Smith, and Sean Payton were hardly well known quantities when they got hired.”

    Neither were Sparano, Haley, Morris, Spagnuola, Frazier, Caldwell, McDaniel, etc., etc., etc………

    Hiring anybody on that list is doing the same thing you have been doing. Going with an unproven quantity. It may work and it may not…

  13. dolphnfan84 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:40 PM

    no big name coaches. 4 things the dolphins need Packers OC, QB Matt Flynn, a saftey & defensive end….playoffs next 10 yrs.

  14. bcknights says: Jan 2, 2012 1:41 PM

    Please ask the Vikings for permission to talk to Frasier…

  15. 6ball says: Jan 2, 2012 1:44 PM


    The Dolphins roster is not bad. They have playmakers on each side of the ball. If they could get consistent play from the QB position, there’s no reason they can’t be a contender next season.


  16. dilberry says: Jan 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    Dave Toub better be interviewed in addition to that list that was given.

  17. mykl954 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:48 PM

    Relative to the options out there, I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of Brian Billick as our next HC, him retaining Nolan and finding an OC clone of the one he was during the Vikings offensive explosions

  18. ravensj5 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:50 PM

    I did not think you could use nets when looking for Dolphins…

  19. chris6523 says: Jan 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Seems like every time head coaches with alot of experience come up, their names are often eliminated because such and such team has a prominent general manager. If it is the case that a guy like Fisher or Cowher who have been in the game for a long time don’t want to have to deal with a strong GM, they are possibly eliminating a few good opportunities for themselves. These guys should stick to coaching their teams and allowing a good GM to bring them in the talent they’ll need.

  20. jcusa514 says: Jan 2, 2012 2:01 PM

    i will disown this team if they hire haslett, gregg williams, or mularkey. and please, no MORE COWBOY laterals!!!!!!!!!

  21. Derty Ernie says: Jan 2, 2012 2:07 PM

    Jeff Fisher would be a good fit for San Diego, Tampa, Jacjsonville.

  22. bsizemore68 says: Jan 2, 2012 2:21 PM

    514, the team will disowned you real fast after they hired a new coach. I get a kick out of people thinking the team cares about your opinion, they only care about what they think, as in most business its the money and ownership that they care about, go and join the jets, they love fans like 514. Bill

  23. yevrag3535 says: Jan 2, 2012 2:26 PM

    Hey KIR when are you going to get a life?

  24. mksnpcola says: Jan 2, 2012 2:29 PM

    Nothing is going to change with this team until they get rid of Matt Millan, (oops!) Jeff Ireland!

  25. tfaulk says: Jan 2, 2012 2:36 PM

    I was far happier with the coordinating of Daboll on offense (presuming I’m correct that various conservative calls, bad clock management, and endgame decisions were on Sparano as indicated by past experience and some comments made by the staff) than I was by the coordinating of Nolan who too often applied pressure when coverage was key and/or let up on the gas in the second half of the game. So I wouldn’t mind a defensive-minded HC (particularly since it has been the defining characteristic of Fin teams since the Johnson era — for good or ill) in an era when true success will be defined by a defense’s ability to stop the high-flying offenses.

    Of course, Philbin and Chudzinski are also the most intriguing names on this list to me.

  26. jcusa514 says: Jan 2, 2012 2:37 PM

    bsizemore68, it was just a sarcastic joke. get over yourself

  27. tfaulk says: Jan 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    @johnshawisgay You can also produce the same list of failures and successes with “proven commodities.”

    Long term coaching success is just as difficult to find as a long-term franchise QB, if not moreso.

  28. phinfan says: Jan 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    I guess Bowles will be the Rooney.

    Please don’t hire Mularkey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. codysteeler says: Jan 2, 2012 2:52 PM

    Why not just keep Todd Bowles?!? Did you watch the Dolphins with Bowles as coach? Beat the jets almost beat the pats, they were playing some good football under Bowles! I’d keep Bowles because the players play for and stick up for him. But its the Dolphins so they’ll screw up on their new hire of some big ego coach with unreal expectations (like a rex ryan kind of guy, and how ironic that both of rex’s O and D coordinators are gonna be interviewed!!!)

  30. canetic says: Jan 2, 2012 2:54 PM

    Chudzinski is the next great coach. Bank it.

  31. cantonbound13 says: Jan 2, 2012 2:56 PM

    How does everybody know Ireland is the problem & not our owner?

  32. promickey says: Jan 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    “[Owner] Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and provide the best possible result for the franchise.

    Wow, with the track record of this franchise over the last decade, including the current regime and previous ones……….I have no confidence in what Jeff Ireland says. Why don’t they just stick with what is currently working. They are winning with Matt Moore as quarterback and Todd Bowles as coach. So stick to a winning game, add a few pieces and continue winning.

  33. wannstache says: Jan 2, 2012 4:07 PM

    How many of you out there have faith in these two idiots and their so-called “process”? Not me. Proven winners like Fisher will go to teams with established QBs, so that means we have to rely the judgement of these two to find a hidden talent. What are the odds on that, Vegas?

  34. mcjon22 says: Jan 2, 2012 4:33 PM

    Hire Philbin, then sign Matt Flynn. Its better than giving up multiple 1st round picks to draft RGIII

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