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.
After watching another playoff weekend without the Miami Dolphins in it, it’s Monday….and we’re depressed! Seriously, how far off do the playoffs feel right now to Miami Dolphins fans? I know, I know, we were there in 2008, but we were all so giddy from the miracle turnaround that we thought the Dolphins Wild Card loss to the Ravens was just a stepping stone. Well, here we are, 3 years later and the Dolphins are still looking for the right mix…and the right coach.
After losing out on Jeff Fisher, it seems a certainty that the Dolphins are going to go the coordinator route. The Dolphins have interviewed Dave Toub (Bears ST Coach), Todd Bowles (Dolphins interim coach), Joe Philbin (Packers OC), and Mike Zimmer (Bengals DC). Now, it appears, the Dolphins are going to take their time. AND, according to Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins will interview Mike McCoy, Broncos OC, today:
@mortreport: Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is interviewing today for Dolphins head coaching job, per sources
McCoy is an interesting candidate. First, he’s very young as he will only turn 40 years old in April. Second, he’s done a good job adapting his offense to best fit his players (eh hem, Tebow). McCoy was with the Panthers from 2000-2008 rising from Offensive Assistant to Passing Game/QB Coach. He then left for Denver and helped Kyle Orton (yes, Kyle Orton) put up 41 TDs and 21 INTs total in 2009-2010. He also, albeit in a weak division, built an offense around Tim Tebow that helped take the Broncos to the divisional round of the playoffs.
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).