Dolphins start coaching search, casting wide net

AP

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.

34 responses to “Dolphins start coaching search, casting wide net

  1. 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.

  2. @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)

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. .

    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.

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  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. @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.

  13. 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!!!)

  14. “[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.

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    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.

  15. 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?

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