Each head coach Steve Ross has employed has been a first-timer.
The Miami Dolphins have been Joe Philbin, Adam Gase, and Brian Flores’ first head teaching job, and that was intentional as a result of Ross, an actual property mogul who grew to become the bulk proprietor of the Dolphins in 2009, believes in hiring leaders who’re younger, hungry, and revolutionary.
Nevertheless it’s attainable that hiring somebody with expertise underneath his belt — a coach who has succeeded and failed some place else, doubtlessly constructing a wealth of data, expertise and connections — may have helped this franchise get off the mediocrity merry-go-round it has been using for twenty years.
It is going to be fascinating to see the strategy Ross and the Dolphins’ hiring committee take with this newest teaching search. Right here some names that deserve critical consideration in relation to changing Flores because the Dolphins’ subsequent head coach.
Doug Pederson — Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, spent 4 seasons in Miami as Dan Marino’s backup earlier than working his manner up the teaching ranks. He owns a 42-37-1 document in 5 seasons because the Eagles coach, and led Philadelphia to a Tremendous Bowl win. This soon-to-be 54-year-old sat out this season after being fired by the Eagles, however appears able to get again into the combination if the best scenario, and quarterback comes alongside.
Dan Quinn — Quinn managed a 43-42 document because the Falcons head coach earlier than being fired in 2000 due to an 0-5 begin. This season he joined Dallas and helped the Cowboys develop an aggressive protection that matched their explosive offense. The 51-year-old can be one of many hottest names throughout this spherical of head coach hiring’s. Dallas’ playoff run may complicate issues for groups which might be .
Brian Daboll — He was the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2011, due to this fact he is aware of South Florida and this group. He has additionally served as Tua Tagovailoa’s play-caller and quarterback coach throughout Alabama’s nationwide championship run in 2017. He’s accountable for Buffalo Payments quarterback Josh Allen’s ascension into elite standing, so perhaps he can do it once more with Tagovailoa. However some say his persona is a turnoff, which explains he hasn’t gotten an opportunity to turn out to be head coach but.
Eric Bieniemy — Bieniemy’s identify will get circulated for jobs each offseason, however the Chiefs offensive coordinator hasn’t impressed a range committee sufficient to land him a head teaching job. A part of the problem is the truth that Chiefs coach Andy Reid calls the performs in Kansas Metropolis, however there are apparently additionally issues about his persona and whether or not the 52-year-old would be capable to lead a corporation.
Kellen Moore — Moore, a former Boise State quarterback who labored his manner up the Cowboys group after his enjoying profession concluded, is recent face newcomer within the neighborhood of head teaching job searches. He has helped Dallas’ offense turn out to be one of many NFL’s finest throughout quarterback Dak Prescott’s return, and that may get him a head teaching job this cycle. However does the 33-year-old have the connections and cache to rent a great employees of assistants, which is normally the most important problem that comes with being a first-time head coach?
Jim Harbaugh — Harbaugh already serves as the pinnacle coach for one among Ross’ favourite groups, the College of Michigan, which is why Ross has vowed that if Harbaugh leaves Ann Arbor for the NFL it gained’t be for the Dolphins. Harbaugh owns a 44-19-1 document because the 49ers head coach, and took them to the postseason 3 times, together with a visit to the Tremendous Bowl. However the 58-year-old’s struggles at Michigan earlier than this season, and what some would possibly name a unusual persona, point out that he ought to not be considered as a homerun choice for any franchise.
Mike Zimmer — Zimmer had a decent eight-year run because the Vikings coach, producing a 72-56-1 document, which included three journeys to the postseason. This 65-year-old’s greatest accomplishment within the NFL is that he’s solely had three shedding seasons, the final of which price him his job on Monday. He’s the kind of coach who comes with an already assembled employees of assistants.
Jim Caldwell — Caldwell held the assistant head coach title in Miami for a pair months in 2019, working underneath Flores, earlier than abruptly retiring due to medical points. However there are rumblings that the previous Colts and Lions coach, who owns a 62-50 document in seven seasons, needs to get again into teaching. His physique of labor is kind of spectacular, however does he have the drive and vitality wanted to construct a successful program?
Todd Bowles — The Dolphins have historical past with Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator from the 4 seasons he served because the crew’s assistant head coach, and the three video games he stuffed in because the interim head coach in 2011, posting a 2-1 document. The 58-year-old led the Jets to a 24-40 document in 4 seasons as their coach, however has redeemed himself in Tampa because the play-caller for one of many NFL’s finest defenses. However would he wish to work for the Dolphins group once more?
Jack Del Rio — De Rio, who turns 59 in April, has been an achieved participant and coach at each cease. He owns a 93-94 document as a coach in 12 seasons because the chief in Jacksonville and Oakland, and is now serving because the defensive coordinator in Washington. His relationship with former Raiders normal supervisor Reggie McKenzie, who’s the Dolphins senior personnel govt, could possibly be the foot within the door he must land an interview.
Marvin Lewis — Lewis doesn’t get the respect he deserves for what he achieved in Cincinnati, and for his teaching tree, which rivals Invoice Belichick’s as a result of it has produced 4 head coaches. Lewis, 63, has a 131-122-3 document from his 16 seasons as a coach, however hasn’t obtained critical interviews for 3 years. It’s attainable his 0-7 postseason document has one thing to do with that.