Say it ain’t so Joe! Mike Tice is headed down interstate 95 on Monday to interview for the vacant HC job of the Miami Dolphins. Over the weekend, a story broke that Tice would be named the new HC by Wednesday of this week if the Jaguars had been eliminated. They were on Saturday. However, before you start throwing things at the computer, the “story” is still nothing more than a rumor.
According to the report, first covered in the local Minneapolis-St. Paul newspaper, persons close to Tice were 100 percent sure that Tice was/is going to be the Dolphins new man. However, Tice was never interviewed, that the public new about anyways, prior to the playoffs ban on coaching interviews of teams still in the POs. Yet, here we are one day after the Jags loss and Tice is on his way to Miami?
The popular favorite has been Tony Sparano from pretty much day 1, but there was a rumor early on that Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland had a dark horse candidate in mind and that there may in fact be a surprise in store. Tice to his credit has 25 years experience in the NFL as both a coach and a player. However, his stint in Minnesota was anything but brilliant. Tice was even fined 100,000.00 for Super Bowl ticket scalping. Ummmm, not the guy you want in Miami where a SB actually is held quite often.
As hard as I find it to believe that Tice has any real shot…he holds no connections to Ireland or Parcells…I also have seen enough over the last 12 years with the Dolphins to not rule anything out. I will just keep my fingers crossed that Tice’s interview does not go very well.