Dolphins won’t make another run at Jim Harbaugh

AP

As the Dolphins get a head start on their latest coaching search, they won’t be considering a guy they once considered when they technically weren’t searching for a coach.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com said during NBC’s Football Night in America that the Dolphins will not pursue Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.

The key word is “Michigan.” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross went to Michigan, and he has been a major financial supporter of the university. With Harbaugh in his first year with the Wolverines and, to no surprise, doing very well, Ross won’t try to disrupt that vibe.

Of course, any interest from Ross or another owner won’t matter if Harbaugh isn’t interested in leaving. While a sufficiently large pile of money could get Harbaugh’s attention, it’s unlikely any NFL team would offer the kind of money it would take to get Harbaugh away from Ann Arbor.

Whoever the Dolphins pursue, they need to make sure they don’t have another stream of candidates who reject offers and/or opportunities to interview, like they did when hiring G.M. Dennis Hickey after the 2013 season. The Dolphins need to make sure their first choice will take the job. Otherwise, that person shouldn’t be their first choice.

After the 2010 season, Ross and former G.M. Jeff Ireland met with Harbaugh while former coach Tony Sparano was still employed. Harbaugh didn’t take the job (he’d later leave Stanford for the 49ers), Ross kept Sparano for one more year, Ross tried to hire Jeff Fisher, and now Ross is looking for a replacement for the guy he hired after Fisher said no, Joe Philbin.

41 responses to “Dolphins won’t make another run at Jim Harbaugh

  1. Packers took the OC off a 1-15 San Fran team and stuck with him. He wins at a .668 winning percentage which I’d have to think the Dolphins would love right about now.

    Not talking up McCarthy but the idea that they need to find the right PERSON – not necessarily pedigree.

    Stop with the re-treads (Watch them hire Wade Phillips at the end of the year) and find a guy, an OC/DC – someone who you can stick with and then do it.

    Fire your GM – he’s a moron. ANYONE and EVERYONE connected to the Suh deal needs to be gone.

    Football is a game of tendencies – the Suh deal doesn’t follow any winning tendency of the past 25 years.

  2. Ross not being a football man and making continual missteps since he bought the team {Mr. Ross, please do your fans a favor and NEVER TALK TO THE PRESS AGAIN} is obviously the biggest impediment to the Dolphins getting an upper echelon coach.

    Having Mike Tannenbaum in place above the GM makes their management structure confusing for an incoming coach so I don’t see the Dolphins having any success getting “their man.” They better hope Dan Campbell can get the job done.

  3. They need to build the defense around Suh. Let him be the attacking DT that he was when he made a name for himself. You dont buy a thoroughbred race horse then complain when it wont pull a plow.

  4. I’m not sure what people are expecting out of Suh. Once in his career he’s had double digit sacks. Rookie year he had 10. Averages about 60 combined tackles a season plus or minus a few. He’s there to make the rest of the defenses lives a bit easier. That’s where you should be looking for improvement. He’s taking double and triple teams on while it opens up room for another guy. That’s where he’s going to make a difference.

    He’s not getting after the QB. Can’t really call him a bust. He’s on pace to put up his normal numbers.

  5. Yeah that ship has sailed. If Ross really wanted him he should have been courting him last year at this time.

  6. I think the assumption is that Dolphins are racked with talent and a proven winning coach would love to go to Miami. I know the Dolphin front office is drinking that kool-aid.

  7. I would hope Harbaugh – or any coach for that matter – wouldn’t be such a dirtbag as to ditch his new gig after one season.

    Of course there are those guys, but do you want to entice a coach into a Kiffin move, because then you have to cross your fingers that he won’t just Kiffin again to another team.

  8. teal379 you are right on the money. McCarthy was a good coach even though the team he worked for went 1-15. His 1-15 GM chose Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers. He joined a team with a competent front office and who seem to be able to come up with HOF QBs despite not ever having a high first round pick. Winning organizations emphasize a strong front office structure, where 1-15 coaches can win super bowls. Losing organizations don’t understand that concept. The Dolphins hired a coach, Joe Philbin, who looked brilliant coaching Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. They’ll no doubt be interested in interviewing Josh McDaniels, who looks brilliant whispering into Tom Brady’s ear.

  9. teal379, obviously that ex 49ers OC’s success has nothing to do with the team’s GMs bringing in hall of fame starting QBs.

    as if that is the only reason. But since you obviously know so much… explain how Hall of Famers Dan Marino, Jim Kelly never won Super Bowls, Elway lost 3 before winning and even TB lost 2..

    Having the QB is paramount no question but it takes a little bit more…..

  10. So Ross would rather make sure things don’t get messed up at his alma mater than try to improve the professional team he owns? Well that would certainly make me feel all warm and fuzzy if I were a Dolphins fan.

  11. i dont understand why people are so critical if Ross. he is a good owner. writes checks whenever asked.. paid for a big time stadium upgrade.. isnt meddlesome. and tries to win. what more do you want from an owner? sure he has made some mistakes.. but who doesnt? but i will same his one major gaff was not hiring Quinn this offseason.

  12. factschecker says:
    Oct 12, 2015 12:24 PM

    I predict that Jim Harbaugh will end up in Indy as the HC and GM.
    —–
    Delusional. He just got axed by an goofball owner that was jealous about the coach getting all the credit for the team’s success. He isn’t going to sign up for another goofball owner that has a drug habit.

    The fact is, Harbaugh calls Ann Arbor ‘home,’ and said being at UM is “the right thing to do.” Maybe you haven’t noticed but he has that program back on track and dramatically improved already. He is a hero in Ann Arbor. I highly doubt he even entertains offers.

  13. Why not save the speculation until we see what Coach Campbell can do… oh yeah, I forgot, the media. I hope Campbell turns it around, has this team beating the snot out of the competition and remains the coach. It may be a long shot, but it would be sweet irony.

  14. I’m a Lions fan and a Michigan fan and I would rather have Harrbaugh stay at Michigan then come coach the Lions!

  15. putthatkoolaiddown says:
    Oct 12, 2015 12:48 PM
    factschecker says:
    Oct 12, 2015 12:24 PM

    I predict that Jim Harbaugh will end up in Indy as the HC and GM.
    —–
    Delusional. He just got axed by an goofball owner that was jealous about the coach getting all the credit for the team’s success. He isn’t going to sign up for another goofball owner that has a drug habit.

    The fact is, Harbaugh calls Ann Arbor ‘home,’ and said being at UM is “the right thing to do.” Maybe you haven’t noticed but he has that program back on track and dramatically improved already. He is a hero in Ann Arbor. I highly doubt he even entertains offers.
    ————-
    He played QB for Indy and coached Andrew Luck and several other Stanford players that now play in Indy.

    Look what Harbaugh did for Keap. You think he could fix Luck? I do. It’s not delusional it’s sound thinking. Try it sometime for yourself. He didn’t want that Michigan job as much as he got talked into the Michigan job.

  16. Remember when the Dolphins went after celebrity partners and wanted their games to have a “club feel” with red carpet entrances, spotlights and Jenny from the Block?

    Yeah

  17. Ross had Bowles and Rogers who should be HC and DC – he screwed that up. Celebrity share holders?
    I think the front office needs cleared out made up jobs ditched and get a proper HC who brings his entire staff including GM and who can tell Ross to sit down shut up and let me run this club properly. Shannahan? Cowher?
    For now lets give Campbell his shot! He is in a tough spot that few come out looking good after but he may just whip these boys into shape…literally!

  18. Since Ross bought the team in 2008 they have only had 1 winning season. They have had 4 head coaches (including Todd Bowles as interim hc), 2 GMs and Bill Parcels featured as “Executive VP of Football Operations”. Maybe they need to change something (someone) else. Hey Stephen Ross, you listening?

  19. @vikings1234

    Parcells, Ireland and Sparano were in place prior to Ross becoming majority owner. Huzeniga put those pieces in place.

    Ignorance on this blog from fans is a real knee slapper.

  20. While I understand the optimism of the Dolphins fans saying, “Wait to see what Campbell can do…” the chances of retaining him as head coach, based on the history of midseason replacement coaches, are slim.

  21. Parcells had a stipulation that Wayne H had to go before he would come on board. Ross came in and these two were/are tied at the hip. When that tie is broken only then will this team advance.

  22. Harbaugh > Urban Myer

    ————————————-

    I wouldn’t go that far. Meyer to me is one of the best in college football and has won everywhere.

    As a Hawks fan, at this point I would gladly take Jim. I hated him so much when he was coaching the niners but he’s the type you would love to have coaching your team. He’s just a beast of a coach.

    The Niners died when he left.

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