Detroit, Denver, Oakland, New York, Cleveland, and St. Louis all share one thing in common and it’s not the fact that they all possess draft picks early in round 1, they are also looking for new head coaches. The issue at hand is turnaround. Where teams once allowed coaches a 3 year window to turn a franchise from losers to winners, this seasons 1st time sideline generals have put franchises on notice…it can happen now.
3 of the 4 new HC’s in the NFL this season all took their teams to the playoffs and Washington coach Jim Zorn had his team competing for most of the season. So while names begin to drop on the interview lists, one Miami Dolphins coaches name keeps surfacing…Todd Bowles. His time is not now but it may be soon.
Bowles was one of the Dallas Cowboy coaches that followed Parcells, Ireland, and Tony Sparano. He is the assistant head coach and is also the secondary coach. Bowles has interviewed with the Detroit Lions and will be talking with Pat Bowlen about the vacant job in Denver soon. Bowles however has little to no chance of landing a coveted NFL HC job. Not this year and probably not next year either.
Bowles is not an “it” guy. Steve Spagnuolo from the Giants is an “it” guy, Josh McDaniels of the Patriots is an “it” guy, and yes despite the colossal collapse of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garret is an “it” guy. Beyond those names are a slew of other potential candidates for an HC job. College coaches and NFL assistants like Ron Rivera in SD. While there are 6 teams looking for HC’s right now and possibly another 1 or two depending on whether or not Scott Pioli take the KC job and fires Herm Edwards and whether the Colts’ Tony Dungy calls it quits, there isn’t enough openings for the Bill Parcells disciple.
Bowles is gaining some very good experience making the interview rounds and perhaps in another 2 years (when the Phins win the Super Bowl) his name will rise to the top of that heap. For now, it’s semantics. Bowles is a good coach and fans shouldn’t worry too much about him leaving for better pastures. Not this year anyways.