After losing out on Brian Daboll, Dolphins must now look elsewhere

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It would have made plenty of sense for the Dolphins to hire Brian Daboll to replace Brian Flores, if the Dolphins are intent on getting the most out of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Daboll recruited and coached Tua at Alabama.

With Daboll choosing the Giants over the Dolphins (it’s unclear whether the Dolphin would have offered the job to Daboll), Miami now must look elsewhere for a new coach who will groom Tua.

The other current finalists are Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel.

The Dolphins put together consecutive winning seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years under Brian Flores. And they swept the Patriots. Whoever takes the job will immediately be compared to Flores. Which necessarily makes the job less attractive.

Not to mention the dysfunction that allowed one or more members of the front office to make a successful run at pushing Flores out, despite his accomplishments.

57 responses to “After losing out on Brian Daboll, Dolphins must now look elsewhere

  1. Hope they hire a scrub. Dolphins GM and owner deserve a terrible few years after canning Flores.

  2. Looks like Miami will have to hire the guy that sells hotdogs outside Hard Rock stadium.

  3. Do you think at his age Ross is gonna take another risk or is he going to get the guy he wants? Harbaugh already packed heading to 305. I hope.

  4. How did Dabol “choose the Giants over Miami” it Miami never offered him the job? Lol. He chose the Giants, that part is true but Miami didn’t offer him the job.

  5. I hope they hire Gruden. It would be a great smack in the face of cancel culture.

  6. Maybe the Dolphins’ decision to not offer the job to Dabol as HC is a sign that they are not sold on keeping Tua as their QB. Maybe Dabol wasn’t interested in working with Tua at the pro level. Maybe Dabol was not interested in working with Ross at all.

  7. So why exactly did they fire Flores? It just feels like they are going to take a step backwards. They could prove me wrong, but I have my doubts.

  8. The Dolphins can’t get off the hamster wheel of bad decisions. They just fired the first coach they’ve had since Shula to outperform expectations and are back to where they were several years ago with a head coach job nobody wants because of the quarterback and GM!
    Tua can’t play in cold weather his arm isn’t strong enough and his hands are too small. He’ll never win a championship in this division.
    He struggled to handle the ball in Tennessee.

  9. Huge vote of no confidence in Tua if Daboll turned them down. On the other hand why would he have sat for the interview if he already knew it wasn’t a fit?

  10. touchback6 says:
    January 28, 2022 at 7:50 pm
    Daboll afraid of BB moving forwar
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    Washed up BB along with McCorkle?
    LOLOL.

  11. What does anyone know about how good a head coach candidate someone is? “Bad hires” win Super Bowls, “good hires” get shipped out in 2 or three years. No one ever even heard of Doug Pederson and was widely written about as the least impressive hiring of that offseason (look up articles online) and won a Super Bowl in his 2nd year. Bust rates on these guys are WORSE than 1st round QBs. History will tell us who got this right. Not same day judgments.

  12. It’s possible Daboll had no interest staying in a division being led by Josh Allen. He doesn’t wan that kind of pressure.
    The Giants and the NFC East, on the other hand.. that’s a team and division that is up for grabs and I can’t think of a better place to possibly have immediate success. Good Luck Daboll you’ll be missed.

  13. Is beating the Patriots twice WITHOUT Tom Brady all that impressive? And let’s be clear, Brian Daboll is a head coach in the NFL now due to Josh Allen being an extraordinary quarterback. Let’s see how much of a genius Daboll is with Daniel Jones…….

  14. I wish Ross would just sell the team! He hates them so much he bought them so he could sabotage them!

  15. george1859 says:
    January 28, 2022 at 7:55 pm
    touchback6 says:
    January 28, 2022 at 7:50 pm
    Daboll afraid of BB moving forwar
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    Washed up BB along with McCorkle?
    LOLOL.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Umm, BB just won executive of the year.

    How embarrassing for you.

  16. Losing out? Was he going to bring Josh Allen along? I mean, what’s Bill Belichick without HOFer Tom Brady? He’s a great coach who’s sitting home with the rest of the coaches. What’s Sean Payton without HOFer Drew Brees? Another great coach who can’t win without the elite QB. Are we pretending, or are we serious?

  17. phinjunky1985 says:

    Tua can’t play in cold weather his arm isn’t strong enough and his hands are too small.
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    Not an endorsement of Tua but at the Combine his hands measured the same size as Herbert’s.

  18. If I was the bonehead Ross I would hire Doug Pederson as head coach he is a proven Super Bowl winner and he already lives in Florida.

  19. If Flores is such a hot commodity, why is nobody hiring him to coach? There are many vacancies out there and the Giants were probably his best shot.

  20. Ok , I’ll take the Miami Dolphins job since no one wants it. My bags are packed!

  21. cheesefrog says:
    January 28, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    phinjunky1985 says:

    Tua can’t play in cold weather his arm isn’t strong enough and his hands are too small.
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    Not an endorsement of Tua but at the Combine his hands measured the same size as Herbert’s.

    Who also plays in warm weather lol.

  22. xpensivewino says:
    January 28, 2022 at 8:11 pm
    Is beating the Patriots twice WITHOUT Tom Brady all that impressive? And let’s be clear, Brian Daboll is a head coach in the NFL now due to Josh Allen being an extraordinary quarterback. Let’s see how much of a genius Daboll is with Daniel Jones…….
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    Giants fans better hope they’re getting Buffalo Brian Daboll and not KC Brian Daboll, who led the 2012 Chiefs offense to a 2-14 record with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at QB…

  23. Jim Caldwell would be my preferred choice at this time.

    With Miami wanting to retain their defensive staff, and Caldwell already having a familiarity with the FO and offense from 2020.

    Flores continues to baffle peoples minds on why he hasn’t been hired. Maybe get past the headlines and listen to local Miami media alittle bit.

    Wish Coach Flo the best in his future endeavors.

  24. I assumed that Payton would take a year off and then takeover in Dallas but, If Quinn is really the heir apparent, I would make a move to bring Payton to south Fl. Definetaly worth one of their 2023 first round picks.

  25. Jim Caldwell is the best choice, he got the best out of Peyton Manning with the Colts and made Stafford a better QB (cutting down on INT’s and playing smart instead of gunslinger) and turned the Lions team around.

  26. I see Doug Pederson lurking in the background. Would provide a good contrast to Flores the way he did to Chip Kelly.

  27. Don’t know why Ross and company are playing this BS game. We all know Harbaugh will be the next coach in Miami.

  28. Why don’t they go after the hottest coaching candidate available this year?

    Oh I forgot they’re the ones who fired him

  29. bigpapi says:
    January 28, 2022 at 8:59 pm
    If Flores is such a hot commodity, why is nobody hiring him to coach? There are many vacancies out there and the Giants were probably his best shot.
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    Flores win games. He got fired for clashing with the owner/gm for potenitally bringing in an QB with character issue. Few owners or GMs would dare to hire Flores for now. (Partially, they need to show “respect” to their potential future employer Dennis Ross).
    It is complicated.

  30. phinjunky1985 says:
    January 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm
    The Dolphins can’t get off the hamster wheel of bad decisions. They just fired the first coach they’ve had since Shula to outperform expectations and are back to where they were several years ago with a head coach job nobody wants because of the quarterback and GM!
    Tua can’t play in cold weather his arm isn’t strong enough and his hands are too small. He’ll never win a championship in this division.
    He struggled to handle the ball in Tennessee

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    The media frenzy around Flores reminds me of how they were with Jeff Fischer and Chucky. Every freaking coaching cycle Fischer and Chucky were the best things since sliced bread. Fischer as he was going 7-9 with the Rams every year was talked up at every turn and Chucky was the front runner for every damn coaching opening for near a decade.

    If you listened to the sports media ..

    Did Flores make the playoffs at any point during his 3 years? No. So he did not exceed expectations. Does he have Bill Belichick personell skills? Yes. He apparantly stopped talking to his coaching staff a month and a half before the season was over. He went through 4 OC, 2 DC, and 4 OL coaches in 3 years.

    Impossible to work and without multiple superbowls on his record. This isn’t rocket science why he was fired.

  31. If a candidate has another option that isn’t the Texans, Miami is out of luck. Dysfunctional ownership.

  32. bugbearcaptain says:
    January 28, 2022 at 7:29 pm
    So why exactly did they fire Flores? It just feels like they are going to take a step backwards. They could prove me wrong, but I have my doubts.
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    What do you consider a step back? They beat a few good teams this year, but also lost to the worst team in the NFL. Regardless of record, they still failed to reach the playoffs in any of his 3 seasons. I don’t think Brian built any relationships with any of his players, nor staff.

  33. Give them Bill O’Brien, give him roster control, and then watch him trade Jaylen Waddle for an aging, overpriced running back & a 2nd round pick.

  34. Welcome to the Howdy Doody show featuring Stephen Ross and Chris Grier. The worst ownership and GM in the NFL. After being a fan since 1966, This is the worst management I’ve seen on this team.

  35. Stephen Ross is a smart guy who became a billionaire due to his success. However the NFL has been a challenge. Ross pays the front office people and I would suspect Ross put out negative information on Brian Flores. Flores won despite a dysfunctional front office that Chris Grier has been part of for many years even before Flores was hired. Grier should have been fired and a GM brought in to recruit the offensive line player personnel and hiring the right offensive coaches. The bottom line here is that Flores won despite the Miami front office dysfunction!

  36. The reason Brian Flores was fired was because he’s not a leader of men. He’s a great defensive coordinator, but not a good boss. He couldn’t assemble a good coaching staff; always hiring and firing coaches on both sides of the ball and he tried to pull a power play with the G.M. and owner in a disrespectful manner. He was extremely abrasive. That’s okay if you’re winning 12 games and making the playoffs, but the Dolphins were never really able to compete with the better teams in the league. . AND, if people think he didn’t sign off on Tua, you’re clueless. He got every player he wanted. There’s a reason he’s not being hired. . There’s more to being a head coach than coaching.

  37. Maybe Brian Daboll isn’t sold on the idea Tua being a franchise quarterback, so he chose to pass on the Dolphins. He probably knows what Tua is capable of better than most.

    But it makes sense not accepting a job in the AFC East. He has a better chance of divisional success in the near future going to the NFC East.

  38. For the sake of Dolphins fans, at least one of whom I treasure, here’s hoping you land Russell Wilson this spring and that your next head coach is Jim Caldwell. As a Bills fan, here’s hoping your next head coach is Leslie Frazier and you are patient with Tagovailoa.

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