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.
When the Miami Dolphins selected Joe Philbin to be their next head coach, they brought him to Miami knowing what he could bring to them….an exciting offense. Philbin and Mike McCarthy worked together in Green Bay and ran a version of the much talked about West Coast Offense. Philbin said in his press conference that he wouldn’t simply bring his playbook from Green Bay and slap a Dolphins logo on it. Philbin realizes that he must design an offensive system that fits the players on the Dolphins, in order to be successful.
To understand exactly what type of offense Philbin will bring to the Dolphins, it’s best to look at the origins of the ‘West Coast Offense”. Do you know who coined the term West Coast Offense? Ironically, it was none other than the mastermind himself, Bill Parcels. After Parcells’ Giants beat the 49ers in 1985, he said “What do you think of that West Coast Offense now?”. He was, of course, referring to Bill Walsh’s 49er offense. The primary theory behind the West Coast Offense is that you spread out the defense and rely on short, horizontal passing routes to ‘open up’ the defense. You essentially set up the run by passing the ball. The Dolphins, in recent years, have done quite the opposite….running the ball to open up play action passes and luring safeties into the box.
Today, new Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, will be introduced to South Florida and Dolphins fans everywhere. Philbin comes to the Dolphins with an impressive offensive resume. He might not be the flashiest coaching option, but he brings a track record of success. While he might not be an exciting name, the possibilities of what/who he can bring to the Dolphins IS exciting.
One of the exciting things that Philbin will bring to the Dolphins is his West Coast Offense. We’ll detail more of what that means next week. BUT, the Dolphins implementation of the West Coast Offense means that Brian Daboll will likely be looking for a new place to work. This leads to the obvious question: Who will be the Dolphins offensive coordinator? Well, the most likely choice is Tom Clements, the QB coach of the Packers. However, Clements interviewed (along with Philbin) for the Tampa Bay Bucs head coaching job. If Clements doesn’t get that job, we’d expect Philbin to bring him to the Dolphins to be his OC. Anyway you look at it though, an exciting, innovative offense could be returning to Miami (finally!).
After weeks of rumor and speculation, the Miami Dolphins got their man. On Friday, the Dolphins confirmed that Joe Philbin will be the 10th head coach in Miami Dolphins history. Out of the final 3 candidates (Mike McCoy, Todd Bowles, and Joe Philbin), we told you that we thought Philbin was the best choice….though until the announcement was made, we still held out some hope for a mystery candidate!
Well, now we know the Dolphins had no mystery candidate. Joe Philbin will be the Dolphins coach for the foreseeable future….and we’re coming around to the idea. After all, while Philbin was the Packers offensive coordinator (5 years), the Packers were never finished lower than 9th in the NFL in total offense. Meanwhile, the Dolphins haven’t finished in the top 10 in offense in the last 16 years!
By now, we all know that Joe Philbin has faced a horrific tragedy in his personal life. His 21 year old son died less than 2 weeks ago. Philbin, while grieving the loss of his son, pushed forward and coached the Packers in the NFC playoffs last Sunday. Then, he decided to take a 2nd interview with the Dolphins. Hopefully now, he and his family can begin the healing process.
Finally Dolphins fans! Finally, the Miami Dolphins coaching search is over. Moments ago Adam Schefter reported that the Miami Dolphins will name, now former Packers offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin their new head coach. Philbin met with Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland on Wednesday for his second interview. Rumors suggested that Stephen Ross wanted Philbin, but Jeff Ireland wanted McCoy. However, those are just rumors…if true, Ross won.
The Dolphins are planning a press conference at some point and we will certainly keep you posted. However, rest assured that the search is now over, Joe Philbin will lead the Dolphins in 2012 and beyond.
The Miami Dolphins coaching search seems to be heading towards it’s conclusion today. Stephen Ross is on his way from New York to South Florida…the BIG question, however, is which Dolphins coaching candidate will also be in South Florida soon. According to Twitter, it’s all but certain that Mike McCoy will become the Dolphins next head coach. From Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, to Denver Beat Writers, McCoy seems to be the odds on favorite to become the 10th head coach in Dolphins history.
@JasonLaCanfora – Hear Mike McCoy had strong 8-hour interview with Miami’s Steve Ross, Carl Peterson and Jeff Ireland- 2nd meeting this week. McCoy could end up named Dolphins coach by the end of the day. Todd Bowles and Joe Philbin the other finalists #insideslant
Seriously, the speculation on Twitter all morning has been nuts. People are tracking Ross’ plane…..tracking where Joe Philbin and Mike McCoy are at the moment. For the record, Philbin was said to be interviewing for the Bucs head coaching position and McCoy is said to have traveled back to Denver. There was also a report that Stephen Ross preferred Joe Philbin, while Jeff Ireland preferred McCoy. The craziest thing I read was that if the two couldn’t decide on one of those candidates, the Dolphins would name Todd Bowles their new head coach. WHAT THE HELL?!?!
Today, the Miami Dolphins will conclude their second round of interviews to fill their head coaching vacancy. Yesterday, the Dolphins conducted 2nd round interviews with Joe Philbin (Packers OC) and Todd Bowles (Dolphins DB Coach/Interim Coach). Today, the Dolphins are expected to interview Mike McCoy (Broncos OC). Perhaps the Dolphins, in their opinion, are saving the best for last. That could also be Mike McCoy’s feeling as well. McCoy was scheduled to interview for the Raiders head coaching position on Wednesday, but removed his name from consideration. Apparently, McCoy believes that he is the front runner for the Dolphins job.
I honestly can’t tell you a lot about these candidates because 2 of them have never been a head coach, and the other has 3 games of head coaching experience. However, McCoy scares me. Yes, he’s 39 and could be the young Don Shula that Dolphins Owner, Stephen Ross, is looking for. But, were his Denver offenses THAT impressive? Yes, he helped redesign the Broncos offense to get the most out of Tim Tebow…BUT, the Denver offense ranked 23rd in the NFL in 2011, one spot lower than….the Miami Dolphins. In McCoy’s 2 previous season’s as Broncos offensive coordinator, the Broncos ranked 13th and 15th. Does that make him the front runner?
Thankfully, we could be just a few days away from the end of the Miami Dolphins Head Coaching Search. According to numerous reports, the Dolphins have narrowed their candidate pool down to 3 finalists, Joe Philbin, Mike McCoy, and Todd Bowles. The Dolphins will conduct second interviews with Philbin and Bowles today in New York. The Dolphins will have their second interview with Mike McCoy tomorrow in NYC. After conducting those interviews, Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland will come to a decision on who will be the Dolphins next head coach.
Based on your votes, Joe Philbin seems to be the leading candidate at this point among Dolphins fans. As of this writing, he has received 77% of the vote in our poll. If you haven’t voted yet, click here to vote. Philbin is an attractive candidate because he’s helped build the Packers offense. Although he doesn’t call the plays, he has overseen the offense that put up gaudy numbers this season.
Some Dolphins fans have mentioned that Philbin could bring along Matt Flynn, Ryan Grant, Donald Driver, and Jermichael Finley. Sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but Flynn is probably going to the highest bidder, Grant and Driver are getting up there in age, and Finley is most likely going to get the franchise tag from the Packers. If Philbin is the best man for the job, great. But don’t bring him in just for who he MIGHT bring with him.
It appears the Miami Dolphins are just about finished with their search for a new head coach. AND, according to Armando Salguero, the Dolphins 3 finalists for their head coaching job are Joe Philbin (Packers OC), Mike McCoy (Broncos OC), and Todd Bowles (Dolphins interim coach). Interestingly, Mike Zimmer’s name is nowhere on that list. According to good old Mando, Zimmer is no longer in the Dolphins plans.
All of the Dolphins finalists have their strengths, but also are inexperienced as head coaches. Philbin helped direct the explosive Packers offense (lead by Aaron Rodgers)…McCoy helped redesign the Broncos offense around Tim Tebow….and Bowles did an admirable job taking over the Dolphins after Tony Sparano was fired.
Again, it will be interesting to see which way the Dolphins go with their selection. The next round of interviews is expected to start tomorrow (Bowles). McCoy is expected to have his second interview with the Dolphins on Thursday. If Philbin or McCoy are hired, the Dolphins would be wise to bring in an established defensive coordinator. If Bowles is selected, perhaps the Dolphins could look to bring in Todd Haley or Hue Jackson to run the offense? It’s a guessing game right now.
We’ll see where we go from here. We’re interested to know what you think of this. Vote in the poll below and let us know which of the finalists you like best:
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Today started out as an eerily quiet day around the Miami Dolphins. There was really no news whatsoever, especially about the Dolphins coaching search. What we know as is that the Dolphins interviewed Mike McCoy, the Broncos Offensive Coordinator, yesterday. We also know that McCoy is interviewing with the Raiders today.
Then, this afternoon we saw a few puzzle pieces begin to fall into place. First, Dave Toub, a Dolphins coaching candidate, agreed to a 2 year contract extension to stay on as Special Teams Coach of the Bears. Then, Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com tweeted that, now FORMER Dolphins Defensive Coordinator, Mike Nolan, has accepted the same role with the Atlanta Falcons. Glazer tweets that Nolan is a ‘solid..solid hire’ for the Falcons. No kidding. A lot of Dolphins fans will be upset about Nolan leaving, since his defense showed improvement and was certainly the strength of the Dolphins in 2010-2011. Nolan’s contract had an option which allowed Nolan to opt-out. So he was not fired, he simply exercised the option in his contract that allowed him to seek employment elsewhere.