The Miami Dolphins have hired their first coach…and not the head coach…and signed 4 to the practice squad (scroll to the bottom). Today, the Miami Heralds’ Jeff Darlington reported that David Lee the OC from Mississippi was in fact hired away from Miss HC Houston Nutt by Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcells.
Lee will join the Dolphins as the QB coach. Speculation surfaced over the weekend when ProFootballTalk got wind of a rumor that Lee resigned and was in fact heading to Miami. A rumor that further fueld a handshake agreement between Ireland and Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Tony Sparano.
According to Darlington, this move was engineered by Ireland and Parcells and the source was clear to say that the Dolphins had NOT hired a new Head Coach.
Lee has worked with Parcells before, as a QB coach in Dallas with Parcells, Ireland, and Sparano. A familiarity that Ireland has stated he and Bill are looking for in the HC department. As the Dolphins continue to assemble more guys from the Cowboys, Brian Gaines appears closer to joining the Phins as well.
According to a report, Jerry Jones has petitioned the league to allow Gaines to leave Dallas for Miami now as opposed to the spring when his contract is up. Jeff Ireland has offered him a scouting job…presumably President of Pro-Scouting…in Miami.
The hiring of David Lee will continue to feed the speculation that Sparano is a lock to be the next HC. However, even with Leslie Frazier interviewing today and Rex Ryan scheduled to interview tomorrow, the Dolphins and the Cowboys are keeping a rather tight lip on what is going on.
PHINS SIGN 4:
The Miami Dolphins today signed the following four players for the 2008 season, all of whom finished 2007 on the team’s practice squad: LB Marcello Church, G Marquay Love (pictured), WR Kerry Reed and WR Chandler Williams.