Dolphins fans, the future of the Miami Dolphins currently rests in the hands of Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland. According to Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Fisher could be closing in on becoming the Dolphins next coach:
@MikeSilver: I believe jeff fisher and the
#dolphins could–COULD–get done very quickly. But it could also blow up and land him in St. Louis. Stay tuned
@MikeSilver: I think it’s the dolphins’ ‘game’ to lose with fisher. But they may very well do so.
Those 2 tweets came from Silver around noon on Friday….So, unfortunately no deal is done yet….so all of Dolphins Nation continues to wait. We can only speculate that the hold up with the Dolphins are the full details of how the power structure is going to be set up. Will Fisher defer to Ireland on personnel matters? Or will Fisher have final say on all draft day decisions and the 53 man roster? Again, all speculation, but we should know this afternoon.
Also, for what it’s worth, Peter King of SI.com said that he’s been told Fisher’s decision would be made today. King also said that his money would be on the Dolphins. Stay Tuned Miami!
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I don’t blame any Dolphins fans who will choose not to believe that title. But, according to people in the know, the Miami Dolphins (and the rest of us) will know if Jeff Fisher is going to be their next coach. I’m skeptical myself…I feel like we were ‘supposed’ to have a decision earlier this week…and each day that passes, we hear that the decision is coming the next day. So, please, if Fisher doesn’t decide by Friday, please don’t hold it against us…we’re just passing along the information we’re reading/hearing.
Adam Schefter must have spoken with Fisher or someone close to him today because he gave us more news than we’ve had in the last few days. Seriously, Dolphins headquarters is on lockdown mode and the Dolphins beat reporters have very little to report. The only Fisher news we’re getting is from the National Media guys, who have sources close to Fisher. Schefter’s story on ESPN is brief, but check here to read it yourself.
I’m not sure about the Miami Dolphins Front Office, but I get a growing sense that Dolphins fans are growing more impatient by the minute about this whole Jeff Fisher ‘decision’. Yesterday, we told you about the NFL.com report stating that it appears Fisher will choose the Dolphins. But here we are, 24 hours later, and no word yet. In fact, we’re being told by numerous members of the media that Fisher is still torn between the Dolphins and Rams. We mentioned this a few days back, but what about the possibility of the Colts job opening up? Maybe Fisher is waiting to see what happens with Jim Caldwell. After all, taking over the Colts with Andrew Luck (presumably) and Peyton Manning as your QB options isn’t such a bad situation is it?
It’s clear that the waiting game is causing fans to go crazy (me included). However, as @ckparrot pointed out on Twitter, this has always been Fisher’s timeline. I mean, if you were going to decide where you were going to work and your family was going to live for the next 5 years, wouldn’t you take your time? We’re also talking about a multi-million dollar contract negotiation. Don’t players take their time when deciding on their next landing spot?
The waiting game is starting to get old for the Dolphins and Jeff Fisher. Actually, it was old 2 days ago. Well, we might finally be close to having Fisher’s final decision. According to NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi’s sources close to Fisher, it appears the Dolphins will win his services as their next head coach. He said Fisher could make his decision known by as early as Wednesday. He went on to say:
“Jeff Fisher is close to making a decision on his coaching future, according to sources close to the ex-Titans coach, and it appears he will chose the Miami Dolphins.
Sources said Fisher wants no part of a potential relocation and feels more comfortable with the structure in place in Miami than St. Louis.”
Our time of waiting may be over Dolphins fans. It’s been 8 days since the Dolphins interviewed Jeff Fisher and whisked him around South Florida in Stephen Ross’ fancy helicopter (Named: Ear Force One by one of our readers!). Fisher then went to Denver and met with the Rams’ owner…then to St. Louis to meet with other officials, tour the facility, and meet with Sam Bradford. Watching Fisher, the best coaching candidate this year, being courted by the Rams is similar to watching the girl you like go out on a date with another guy. But then, the waiting game started. It seems like the season ended 3 months ago, but in actuality it was only 10 days ago.
Well, Dolphins fans, it seems as though the waiting game for Fisher is about to come to an end. League sources suggest that Fisher will in fact make his final decision today on whether he will become the next head coach of the Dolphins….or the next head coach of the Rams. League insiders including Michael Lombardi (NFL Network), John Clayton and Adam Schefter (ESPN) believe, in their opinion, that Fisher is leaning towards the Dolphins. We should know one way or the other soon. Be sure to check back early and often today. As soon as we know Fisher’s decision, you will too.
You read that headline correctly. The Miami Dolphins fired Tony Sparano about a month ago and it appears he is set to go to the Dolphins hated rival, the New York Jets. In a bit of a surprising move, Brian Schottenheimer stepped down on Tuesday as Jets Offensive Coordinator. Now, sources suggest that he will be replaced by former Dolphins head coach, Tony Sparano:
It is unknown why Schottenheimer decided to step down….Although, I’d imagine he was offered quite a bit of money by the Jets because he had warn out his welcome. Perhaps he will join his Dad if he finds a job, in Tampa. Or, perhaps ‘Schotty’ will join Jeff Fisher’s staff (whenever he finally decides between the Rams and Dolphins).
In case you fell asleep over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins are STILL waiting for Jeff Fisher to make his decision on whether he will coach the Dolphins or the Rams in 2012. While the Dolphins are waiting patiently, they are still reaching out to prospective candidates and will continue to do so. Tuesday, Mike Zimmer, Bengals Defensive Coordinator, is scheduled to interview for the Dolphins head coaching position. Later this week, it’s been reported that Dolphins brass will interview Mike Mularkey, Falcons Offensive Coordinator.
And now this. A report out of Oregon (KEZI News) states that the Dolphins have reached out to Chip Kelly’s agent. You know Chip Kelly, he of the Oregon Duck visor? Chip Kelly with the flashy Oregon offense that has ranked in the top 10 in four of the last five seasons? Chip Kelly, a potential coach that could bring some excitement to South Beach. There is no news on an interview being set up, but reaching out to Kelly’s agent is the first step.
We should also note here that the Miami Herald is already debunking this report. Armando Salguero says that he spoke with a high ranking Dolphins official who denied any contact with Kelly or his agent. Let’s face it though, there are often a lot of denials this time of year. One of our loyal readers, Jarrod (@Dolfan565) brought up a great point. Even if Kelly were interested in the Dolphins job and they had reached out, he’d want to keep it quiet because he can’t be linked to an NFL job while he’s in the process of recruiting. There’s also the possibility that the Dolphins reached out and were turned down, which could also be why the report is being denied.
On Friday and Saturday, Joe Philbin interviewed with the Miami Dolphins for their head coaching vacancy. Some think that Philbin could be the front runner if Jeff Fisher decides to coach the Rams instead of the Dolphins. Philbin will not be able to speak with the Dolphins again until the Packers are eliminated from the playoffs, or until the week between the Conference Championships and Super Bowl. He would not be able to accept the Dolphins head coaching position, should they offer it to him, until after the Packers season is over.
Philbin is currently the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers who take on the NY Giants Sunday afternoon. For now though, the Dolphins coaching job and the Giants are the last things on Philbin’s mind. According to the police, Joe Philbin’s 21 year old son, Michael Philbin, is missing. Michael Philbin was last seen or heard from at 2am on Sunday morning. There has been no official word on whether or not Philbin is at the Packers practice facility.
Philbin was reportedly visiting friends in Oshkosh the night he went missing. We hope that Michael is okay and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Philbin family.
[Update: 5:35pm] Sadly, according to Jason Wilde, Packers players have been informed that Michael Philbins body was ID’d after being found in Fox River in Oshkosh. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family at this, the most difficult of times. Our deepest condolences go out to all of Michael’s family and friends.
I honestly feel like I’m watching the Miami Dolphins 2011 season. The Dolphins pursuit of Jeff Fisher is like a roller coaster ride that I just want to end. The latest bit of Fisher related news comes from Adam Schefter who said on ESPN that the Dolphins have a slight advantage now with Fisher. Seriously, someone wake me up when this whole thing is resolved.
My thought is that Fisher is letting it be known to league sources that he likes the Dolphins job so that the Rams up their offer to him. OR, he could actually be torn and could prefer the Dolphins job to the Rams position. Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports has been saying for the last several days that Fisher is genuinely conflicted and none of this is a leverage play. I actually believe that Silver has a direct line to Fisher and his thinking. But things change quickly in this situation, so be conscious of that.
The Miami Dolphins seem resigned to the fact that Jeff Fisher is just a few hours (or days) away from deciding to become the next coach of the Rams. Some reports indicate that Fisher is still undecided. Others suggest that Fisher will make his decision known as early as today and that he will in fact spurn the Dolphins to coach the Rams.
The big question that remains is: WHO IS GOING TO COACH THE DOLPHINS?! The Dolphins, so far, have interviewed Todd Bowles (interim coach), Dave Toub (Bears ST coach), Joe Philbin (Packers offensive coordinator). They are said to have interest in interviewing Mike Mularkey (Falcons OC) and Mike Zimmer (Bengals DC). Forgive me if I, and many others in the Dolphins fan base are not excited by any of these names. Why not?
Bowles – Too inexperienced as a Head Coach
Toub – Special Teams Coach? Yes, I know John Harbaugh has worked out in Baltimore, but how much of a credit goes to Toub and how much goes to Devin Hester?
Philbin – Word has it that he does not call the plays. Remember, the Packers Head Coach is Mike McCarthy, an offensive wizard of sorts.
Mularkey – He was the OC for the Dolphins a few years back, under Nick Saban. Been there, done that. His ‘great’ Falcons offense put up a total of ZERO points yesterday against the Giants. Yes, the Falcons only points yesterday were courtesy of a defensive safety. He did coach in Buffalo for 2 years, but was 14-18 in 2 years there.