The Miami Dolphins learned Friday that they struck out on their attempts to land the big name coach that they had hoped for. So the question many Dolphins fans are asking is: What’s next? Well, some reports indicate that the Dolphins will bring Mike Zimmer (Bengals DC) and/or Dave Toub (Bears ST Coach) back for a second interview. Meanwhile, Jason La Canfora said on the NFL Network that the Dolphins would now turn their attention to Rob Chudzinski (Panthers OC) and Mike McCoy (Broncos OC). If you’re a reader of this blog, you know that Chudzinski is the guy that we’ve been rooting for since this search began.
In fact, after missing out on Fisher, we believe Chudzinski should be the Dolphins top choice. Chudzinski is one of the hot commodity options if the Dolphins choose to go the coordinator route. Chudzinski is just the type of offensive mind that the Dolphins need. He’s innovative AND he’s shown he can help a young QB. This year, Chudzinski helped Cam Newton put up unparalleled numbers by a rookie QB. If the Dolphins manage to find a young QB (or Peyton Manning), we can only hope that he could have similar success. The key would be to see what type of staff he could put together. He’s almost certainly going to have to find an experienced defensive coordinator to compliment his offense. Could that be Mike Nolan? Would that work? We’ll see. First, the Dolphins will need to ask permission to speak with ‘Chud’ and bring him in for an interview. Chudzinski was reportedly meeting with the Tampa Bay Bucs about their head coaching job on Friday.
After much deliberating and negotiations with both the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams, Jeff Fisher has decided that he will coach in St. Louis next season:
@SI_PeterKing: Jeff Fisher has chosen the Rams over the Dolphins
This is not good news for the Dolphins, especially considering that the ball was in their court as late as today. Reports indicate that all Dolphins Owner, Stephen Ross had to do was to give Jeff Fisher final say over some personnel matters, but chose not to. The Dolphins owner ultimately thought a bigger contract would get Fisher to come to Miami. Interestingly, after Fisher made his decision, Dolphins sources began to leak that the Dolphins felt they were ‘being used. However, if Fisher intended on going to the Dolphins, but Ross balked at giving him more power, how can they say they were used?
For the Rams, they are getting a good coach that will help rebuild the team from their 2-14 season of 2011. Fisher is a veteran and has taken a team to the Super Bowl. Fisher has a franchise QB in place (Sam Bradford), the #2 pick in the draft, and about $45 mil of cap room in St. Louis.
[Dolphins Update 5:00pm] Rumors are that Dave Toub, ST coach from the Bears will be meeting with the Dolphins this weekend for a 2nd interview. This almost certainly makes him the favorite of the Dolphins Brass. Stephen Ross, while speaking with the Miami Media moments ago said that there are other candidates the Dolphins are interested in, but they are playing in games this weekend. As has been the story for the last few weeks…stay tuned
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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.