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Dolphins coaching decision is “imminent”

Stephen Ross, Hank Williams Jr AP

Dolphins fans shouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out who their next head coach is.

The Miami Herald writes that owner Stephen Ross’ selection is “imminent.” We’ll take that to mean “likely on Friday.”  Which is good, because this is traditionally the slowest traffic day of the week.

Barry Jackson writes that it’s a two-man race between Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, but it has a twist.

Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles is considered “a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.”

We’re going to try to ignore the above sentence for the sake of the sanity of Dolphins fans. If the team really chooses their third choice because it’s too hard to pick between the top two picks, they may as well give up now.

McCoy believes he’s the favorite. He’s the logical pick of the group as an up-and-coming coach the Dolphins can groom.

I wrote about some takeaways from the first Giants-49ers game on Thursday. The post got too long, I broke into two parts.

Here’s what we learned from the first matchup when New York had the ball:

1. The 49ers mostly double teamed Hakeem Nicks, which left Victor Cruz in single coverage against Carlos Rogers and Mario Manningham matched up against rookie cornerback Chris Culliver.

Rogers picked off Manning and won some battles, but this is a matchup the 49ers have to be worried about. Cruz beat Rogers badly a handful of times. Sometimes he’d have three steps on Rogers.

2. Culliver may be a target for the Giants offense. The rookie is a physical player that has held up very well his season overall, but he got a lot of attention from the Saints last week and Manningham had success against him in Week 10. There were two near misses to Manningham that would have tied the game.

3. The 49ers didn’t blitz much in the first matchup. They didn’t need to. When they did blitz, Eli Manning made them pay.

4. Eli Manning is so much better with pressure in his face than he was early in his career. He made a number of gorgeous throws into small windows in this game with a defender coming right at him. The 49ers will have to take their chances he can’t do that again.

. Even though Manning played very well overall, the difference overall in this game was his two interceptions. One came on apparent miscommunication with Manningham when the receiver stopped his route. The other was just a bad throw. These are the types of mistakes Mannning has mostly avoided this season. The 49ers are the league’s best at forcing turnovers.

5. Kareem McKenzie is a big problem for the Giants. He is going to struggle to hold up on passing downs against Aldon Smith. It got ugly a few times in the first matchup.

The Giants tackles in general might be the weak spot of this team. If McKenzie holds up and David Diehl can battle Justin Smith, the Giants have a good chance. It wouldn’t surprise me if the 49ers defense made the Giants tackles look awful.

6. The Giants had some success running early against the 49ers, but it didn’t last. Ahmad Bradshaw missed the last game. It’s a lot harder to run outside against the fast 49ers linebackers, but using Bradshaw on some inside runs is a better idea that rolling with Brandon Jacobs too much. He got a lot of attention from the Saints last week.

7. The 49ers defense is the best in the league at tackling. They won’t allow yards after the catch like the Packers did last week.

8. Jake Ballard beat Patrick Willis a few times in the first game. If that happens often, the 49ers are in trouble. I would not expect it to happen often.

7. Eli Manning isn’t thought of as a “gunslinger” but no quarterback tries (and completes) more difficult throws than him. I don’t trust his protection, so that’s what this game may come down to. Manning will have to be special.

The 49ers will make Manning have to play at a very high level to beat them.

 

 

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56 Responses to “Dolphins coaching decision is “imminent””
  1. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Jan 20, 2012 9:18 AM

    Wow how was Philbin even able to interview let alone interview well? That poor guy. My condolences.

  2. 8drinkminimum says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    What would a day be like without another swipe at the Dolphins.

    I’ll put the over/under at 3 more negative articles by 8:30 cst tomorrow morning.

    Vote positive for the over and negative for the under.

  3. qcsfinest704 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    Look! Its the third Ryan brother. Pete “tight ass leather vest” Ryan. I know its him from that mastadon toenail he wears around his neck.

    I didnt know he was cool with Woody Allen.

    Go 49ers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. rgthreesticks says: Jan 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    If McCoy can win with Tebow, just imagine what he can do with a decent QB (Matt Moore) and a few playmakers (Bush, Marshall and Bess).

  5. butterstone84 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:25 AM

    not sure how much more i can take. Been a fins fan my whole life and not sure why, they have never given me a real reason to be (wasnt around for the Marino years). SMH GO FINS?

  6. abninf says: Jan 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    Bring Hank Jr back

  7. dolfan72 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:27 AM

    FIRE JEFF IRELAND!

  8. phishfan520 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:27 AM

    ROSS!!!!!! You better get this s*it right!!! Philbin, then get Flynn, get us a TE so we can “Keep up with the Joneses” or the new nfl trends, pair another rb and wr for Bush and Marshall and we’ll work out the rest in free agency! Sheesh, I though multibillionares are supost to be smart like building a suit of armor that flies or crime fighting caves where bats live and stuff?

  9. rosloe62 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    I feel bad for whoever takes this job. You may just want to only rent a place in South Beach.

  10. 6ball says: Jan 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    .

    I have no idea who Todd Bowles is, but the Dolphins fought valiantly while while he was interim coach.
    Their incentive to play hard down the stretch ? Essentially none ….but his team made it a dogfight every week.

    The Patriots “escaped ” with a home victory over the Dolphins in week 16. Had Miami been able to hang on, we’d be looking at NE @ Balt in the AFC Championship and that’s a totally different game.

    .

  11. realitycheck21 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:32 AM

    What a stupid azz comment that was. Who gives a shi# anymore. The only person they haven’t interviewed is Jeb Bush. That whole organization is jacked up big-time. Fin fans are the ones suffering the most over this mess.

  12. DrubaTuba says: Jan 20, 2012 9:37 AM

    I really hope we bring in Philbin. This guy is going through the toughest time in his life and he is still committed to showing up and interviewing. Takes a lot o bawls to do that. And that’s what Miami needs. Make it happen!

  13. basexc9 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    It’s humorous how it seems the only “inside” info that is reported on the Dolphins makes them look like idiots. It can’t all be true..

  14. jcd213 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    Lets do it Miami, no matter the situation! Dolfans will support this team forever, no matter the coach. There will soon be a day when everyone says, “holy sh*t, you see Miami light it up last night?’

  15. thepowerwire says: Jan 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    Ah just flip a coin and get it over with.

  16. dolphinsfan69 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    If Mike McCoy gets the job the Dolphins better get Todd Haley to help with the offense and Jack Del Rio to be DC.. That wouldn’t be a bad staff at all…

  17. CJ says: Jan 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    Wait. Ross basically said that he prefers Philbin and McCoy, but if he can’t decide he’ll pick Bowles?!

    My head just exploded.

  18. phinfan527 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    I am ashamed as a Phins fan to see this team as a laughing stock. Sporano hung out to dry while Ross interviews Harbaugh for a job that wasn’t even open yet. How’s Harbaugh doing now Ross? Real classy business move. We don’t need Fisher, we have Ireland to make final decisions. Please go to the Rams and make me look more pathetic. Check. Celebrities in the booth throwing their money into the franchise. Who cares!! What happened to football?!! A Wr and rb with 1000 yards and a 6-10 record?!! Earth to Ross and Ireland. It is a passing league now. Move up and draft a QB!!! Wake up. Let’s see. Matt Moore, and a new coach with no experience. That’s just great football sense. Please sell the team to someone who cares more about football than Hollywood and a GM who needs to get a clue. Have a nice day.

  19. dolphan13 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:54 AM

    Its true. The media just continues to go out of their way to make the Miami program look incompetent. Jeff Ireland, the GM’s 1st round picks: Jake Long (Probowl every year & future Hall of Famer), Jared Odrick (future ProBowler), Vante Davis (future ProBowler, best run stopping cb in nfl), Mike Pouncy (ProBowl alternate, all rookie team). Undrafted pick ups.. Devon Bess (2nd best slot receiver in nfl), Cameron Wake (probowler), free agent signings..Brandon Marshall (probowl), Carlos Dansby (excellent), Reggie Bush (1,000+ yrds, last 11 games averaged 5.5 per carry). So he went after harbaugh..now you all see why, so he insulted Dez Bryant..who cares, he’s a jerkoff). Miami is doing fine. They just need a qb. You cant make a franchise qb magically appear. Hopefully they can trade up and grab rg3. But they are doing a great job and are on the right track. GO DOLPHINS~~!!

  20. fishtank86 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:02 AM

    Stephen Ross, please bring Joe Philbin in. Please, please, please come to Miami. Please get a quarterback. Please help us get back to the playoffs.

    I beg you to get a quarterback.

  21. cantonbound13 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    Cue the circus music.

  22. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson….. A litle present for you.
    —————————————–
    Det. James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty: I got to ask you. If every time Snotboogie would grab the money and run away, why’d you even let him in the game?
    Witness: What?
    Det. James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty: If Snotboogie always stole the money, why’d you let him play?
    Witness: You got to, this America, man.
    ———————————————

    I miss that show so much. Flipping channels yesterday and saw the episode where the Greek killed Frank Sabotka. I don’t think season 2 gets its due. Go Fins

  23. lookatthefarside says: Jan 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    So it looks like Good ole Hank Williams Jr. Is going to be the next Head Coach. great Choice, pink dolphins!

  24. dolphan22 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    Why doesn’t every other organization gets thrashed for every move they make?but we are beaten like a dead horse daily..I just hope we start winning so we are in the media as winners…not a whipping boy for regardless of who the coach is…

  25. cantonbound13 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:16 AM

    A bit of advice for Mr. Ross, don’t have a press conference. Whenever this dope speaks he sounds like a bumbling idiot.

  26. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:17 AM

    The level of intelligence(or lack there of) of top NFL executives baffles me.

    Didn’t Ross want Harbaugh so bad that he was willing to pay close to 7-9 million per? Why not at least interview his OC Greg Roman?

    McCoy’s offense was close to non functional before Tebow took over. I mean it was close to non functional with Tebow under center.. Where does this fascination with McCoy come from?

    Hue Jackson
    1.Turned McFadden from Bust to elite status
    2.Turned Jason Campbell to a 300 hard passer/consistent winner
    3.Turned DHB from bust to 1000 yard receiver, give or take 25 yards
    4.Doubles or closed to tripled the Raiders TD production
    5. Turned our FB Marcel Reece from an unknown to elite FB
    6.Got instant production from rookies like Jacoby Ford
    7.Pull a QB out of retirement, and off the couch and had him throwing for 300 yards a game in a matter of a couple of weeks.
    8.Hue Jackson had Flacco looking like a future Hall of Famer

    What did McCoy do again? NFL execs aren’t the sharpest knives in the barrel.

  27. xpensivewinos says: Jan 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    dolphan13 –

    Are you drunk or are you seven years old?

    “The media goes out of their way?” Are you kidding? Everything thing the Dolphins do and everything those idiots Ross and Ireland and Dee do is the media’s dream. You can’t make this stuff up. Woo a coach when you have one, honor the QB from the opposing team on the day you’re playing him in your stadium, ask a kid if his mother is a prostitute, on and on and on. No organization in sports is a bigger joke.

    And as far as all those names you listed, they’ve had losing records three of the last four years. I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but those players aren’t as good as you think. Houston made the playoffs this year with TJ Yates as their quarterback for six weeks. You might want to think about that one……

  28. scyankee9999 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:21 AM

    If McCoy can win with Tebow, just imagine what he can do with a decent QB (Matt Moore) and a few playmakers (Bush, Marshall and Bess).

    Really. He had Moore, Steve Smith and D Williams and a decent D. Where did that get him?
    Please bring in The GB OC. While he may not have called plays. He did build the game plans that allowed GB to go to the SB.

  29. muskyhunter2542 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:21 AM

    Please do not raid The Packers staff!!!!

  30. weskcfan says: Jan 20, 2012 10:35 AM

    So basically, the Dolphins coaching search is still “down to three”, as was posted yesterday. The only change is that now the decision is “imminent”?

  31. kevpft says: Jan 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Love the photo. Well done.

  32. andyo102 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:45 AM

    if you have Bowles as a backup option, please dont even hire him. Going by Ross lack of football knowledge, he will probably fire him after 1 year making it was wash. Create some stability

  33. andyo102 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:48 AM

    just sign Philbin so he can atleast bring Flynn with him and use the 8/9 pick on a different position

  34. tomtravis76 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:58 AM

    Funny thing Steve Ross thinks his new HC is national news. Its going to get a few mentions, but there won’t be a break down of the franchise. Another giant failure by Steve Ross in thinking the public is holding their breath in anticipation of this anouncement.

    Poor poor Dolphin fans, Steve Ross is a giant moron. Everything he does for this franchise fails. He just does not get what fans want or the history of this league.

  35. kokoskmr says: Jan 20, 2012 11:07 AM

    UNless the new coach’s name is JACK HARBAUGH, I can’t get excited about this.

  36. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 20, 2012 11:15 AM

    McCoy believes he’s the favorite. He’s the logical pick of the group as an up-and-coming coach the Dolphins can groom.–GR/PFT
    ———————–

    Not if they want to go after Matt Flynn as their new QB. Then Philbin is the “logical” pick.

  37. IMG says: Jan 20, 2012 11:31 AM

    To be honest, none of us have a clue how well McCoy or Philbin will do as a head coach.
    But as fans, of course its our prerogative to comment on it.
    Not a Phins fan, but I hope they get a good coach and the ridicule of the organization ends.

  38. spfripp says: Jan 20, 2012 11:32 AM

    People crack me up when they say sing Philbin so Maimi gets Flynn. There is no guaranteeing that if Miami signs Philbin, Flynn will come to Miami. The other thing is that it juat ahows how us Dolphins fans are so desperate for a QB that we are willing to accept any old coach as long we get our QB.

  39. mike32303 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:33 AM

    @dolphan13

    Um Devone Bess is definitely not the 2nd best slot receiver in the nfl lol. Percy Harvin is def better and more gifted than him. And hes not even close to Wes. The media doesnt make your franchise look like fools. They do that on their own

  40. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 20, 2012 11:36 AM

    Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles is considered “a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.”

    We’re going to try to ignore the above sentence for the sake of the sanity of Dolphins fans.

    ——————————-

    This IS Stephen Ross we’re talking about.

  41. uscfan1988 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:36 AM

    No matter which one is coach most of the fins fans will still hate it.

  42. j0esixpack says: Jan 20, 2012 12:13 PM

    Boy, I sure did I jump to the wrong conclusion based on that photo!

    Still, now that I think about it, they might want to give Hank some serious consideration.

  43. jimbroney says: Jan 20, 2012 12:21 PM

    You’d think the owner of the dolphins would dress a little better than storming around in a cowboy hat and leather vest!!

  44. gmen1987 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:33 PM

    With everyone else turning down the Dolphin’s coaching job, Steven Ross decides to naming Hank Williams Jr. the new Dolphin head coach.

  45. Land Snark says: Jan 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles is considered a fallback option if Ross cannot decide between Philbin and McCoy.”

    Translation:

    Bowles = Token interview, just like when the Cowboys gave him an “interview” before hiring Garrett.

  46. gmen1987 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:37 PM

    dolphan13 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 9:54 AM
    Its true. The media just continues to go out of their way to make the Miami program look incompetent. Jeff Ireland, the GM’s 1st round picks: Jake Long (Probowl every year & future Hall of Famer), Jared Odrick (future ProBowler), Vante Davis (future ProBowler, best run stopping cb in nfl), Mike Pouncy (ProBowl alternate, all rookie team). Undrafted pick ups.. Devon Bess (2nd best slot receiver in nfl), Cameron Wake (probowler), free agent signings..Brandon Marshall (probowl), Carlos Dansby (excellent), Reggie Bush (1,000+ yrds, last 11 games averaged 5.5 per carry). So he went after harbaugh..now you all see why, so he insulted Dez Bryant..who cares, he’s a jerkoff). Miami is doing fine. They just need a qb. You cant make a franchise qb magically appear. Hopefully they can trade up and grab rg3. But they are doing a great job and are on the right track. GO DOLPHINS~~!!

    ==================================
    Goobs,

    Put down the crackpipe and come back to reality.
    If Miami has such great talent, then why do they miss the playoffs every year. Your owner fumbles at getting a name coach and resorts to naming a country music singer as head coach of the Dolphins..

    Goobs, it’s fans like you why people think Miami fans are the biggest tools in the NFL.

  47. cantonbound13 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    Ross, Ireland & Peterson are meeting as we speak deciding on the next head coach by playing rock, paper, scissors.

  48. bsizemore68 says: Jan 20, 2012 12:51 PM

    After lunch I will go and trade up to be a millionaire, I’M sure some one will help me be a millionaire, please stop this stupid idea that because we may want to moved up the draft board that those teams above us will want to work a deal, go and get so and so, perhaps he don’t care to come to Miami, get real with this crap, IT TAKES 2 TO DANCE. Bill

  49. vikefan says: Jan 20, 2012 1:03 PM

    chili! chili! chili! chili! chili! chili! chili! chili!

  50. phinfan says: Jan 20, 2012 1:16 PM

    I sure hope its someone with Superbowl Appearance, or a Superbowl Ring. Carmichael, or Philbin will do… all else would be silly. McCoy only had a few hundred yards by his QB in Denver.. big whoopie.

  51. mackie66 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:28 PM

    Flooro, why do you put so much faith in a couple of mediocur newspaper sports reporters. Oh they are sports reporters,,should of guessed that one.
    The Dolphins are keeping this HC hire very close to the vest. NO ONE knows or even can specualte who the new HC will be, cause they dont know. One could figure it out the media has no idea, if you re-read that last sentence by Barry whats his name, who states Ross is keeping Bowles as a fall back if he cant makeup his mind on either Philpin or McCoy,,,,what? And you people believe Ross cant make up his mind on two favorite canadates? What? Flooro, get real buddy. Barry whats his name needs to take a deep breath and think about that stupid statement he wrote.

  52. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 20, 2012 1:36 PM

    Man, I really hope they choose Hank Williams Jr.

  53. fordraptorforum says: Jan 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    What’s with all the playoff talk at the end of this story? Did someone botch the copy/paste job after having a few lunch drinks? Hey, it happens…..

  54. rando74 says: Jan 20, 2012 3:47 PM

    I have two really hot girls after me right now. Unfortunately, cant choose so I’ll probably just go with my sister.

  55. cantonbound13 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:29 PM

    I hope Ross was talking to Hank about buying the team from him.

  56. fmwarner says: Jan 20, 2012 8:59 PM

    8drinkminimum says: Jan 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    What would a day be like without another swipe at the Dolphins.

    I’ll put the over/under at 3 more negative articles by 8:30 cst tomorrow morning.
    ===================================

    It’s hard to write positive articles about a team that so consistently bumbles around. It’s like asking why people keep writing negative articles about the guy that flipped that cruise ship.

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