The Miami Dolphins are in divide and conquer mode. Jeff Ireland and numerous Dolphins scouts are in Mobile, Alabama watching Senior Bowl Practices. Meanwhile, new Dolphins Coach, Joe Philbin, is in the process of moving his family to Miami and interviewing candidates for his coaching staff. It seems as though almost all of Tony Sparano’s Dolphins staff will be looking for other places to work next season….and that includes Todd Bowles. The lone exception might end up being Darren Rizzi, the Dolphins special teams coach.
As for Todd Bowles, sources within the Dolphins suggest that it is unlikely that he will return to the team in 2012. Bowles was rumored to be the front runner for the Dolphins defensive coordinator position after missing out on the head coaching gig. Well, it seems he’ll be coaching elsewhere next season, as the Dolphins are currently looking fill that same position. According to NFL Network and FoxSports.com, the Dolphins have asked for, and received permission from the Cincinnati Bengals to interview their defensive backs coach, Kevin Coyle. Coyle has been with the Bengals for 11 years and has over 35 years of coaching experience. He is said to be a close friend of Joe Philbin’s and the two are both from Massachusetts.
If you are wondering who the Dolphins might bring in for their offensive coordinator position, think about Mike Sherman. Yes, Mike Sherman, the former Packers head coach. Sherman is currently on the Tampa Bay Bucs radar for their head coaching job and has been asked back for a second interview. IF Sherman does not get the Bucs job, he’s got to be the favorite to land in Miami, calling plays for Joe Philbin. As we mentioned yesterday, Sherman was Philbin’s high school teacher and brought him to the Packers when Sherman was the head man there.
We’ll keep you posted on all of the Dolphins coaching news, Senior Bowl Highlights, and the rumors surrounding a certain Hall of Fame (to be) quarterback in Indianapolis. It may be the offseason, but there is a lot going on with the Dolphins.