Todd Bowles Will Not Return to Dolphins in 2012, Plus Coaching Staff Update

Last week at this time, Todd Bowles was a finalist for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job.  Since then, Bowles has learned that he will not be the Dolphins next head coach….and according to the Sun Sentinel, he won’t be back with the Dolphins in any capacity next season. According to Omar Kelly, Bowles will be released from his contract and is free to look for work with other teams.  As Kelly notes in his story, Bowles has now interviewed with 5 different teams for head coaching jobs, since 2009.  The Rooney Rule plays a role in that number, but people recognize that Bowles is a very good coach.  He will probably need to land a defensive coordinator job first, then take the next step to becoming a head coach.

Bowles has been with the Dolphins since 2005, first as the assistant head coach…then as the secondary coach….and most recently as the interim head coach, after Tony Sparano was fired.  Bowles led the Dolphins to a 2-1 record in his brief stint as head man, beating the Bills and Jets.  There was speculation that Bowles could stay on with the Dolphins as their defensive coordinator.  However, the Dolphins appear ready to move on.  Bowles is a good coach and the players like/respect him…..He probably won’t be out of work long and we certainly wish Todd the best of luck.

Meanwhile, as we told you yesterday, the Dolphins will be interviewing Kevin Coyle today for their defensive coordinator job.   According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post who is at the Senior Bowl with numerous NFL insiders, GMs, and scouts had this to say on Twitter:

“Hearing that it will be a major upset if Kevin Coyle doesn’t get#Dolphins DC job, and he’d likely bring JAX LB coach Mark Duffner with him”

Look, I don’t know Kevin Coyle, so I’m not going to tell you how great he is.  We knew that the Dolphins would have a…well….an interesting time creating a staff around Joe Philbin.  This is especially true since ex-Packers coaches apparently agree that they won’t raid the current Green Bay coaching staff after they leave.  So much for Tom Clements!

Some of you would argue that it doesn’t matter who the coaches are, it matters what playmakers the Dolphins have.  I agree with you, I believe it’s more about the players on the field…BUT, coaches are still important and play a role in a winning NFL organization.  Coaches are primarily responsible for putting players in the best position available to win, by creating gameplans and teaching players so that they develop and exceed their potential.  The quality of a head coach’s staff should not be discounted.  These will be the men that he leans on when times are tough and when difficult decisions need to be made.

One final note: Mike Sherman, the man who would likely be the Dolphins Offensive Coordinator, has his second interview with the Bucs, today.  If Sherman does not get the Bucs job, you can expect him to end up with the Dolphins.  If he gets the Bucs job, we’ll have to wait a little longer before knowing who will be calling the plays in Miami.

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