The Miami Dolphins apparently tried but ultimately failed to land one of the top coaching prospects from the pool of availables. Citing multiple reports from around the Internet, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is set to sign on to coach the San Francisco 49′ers.
No announcement from the team has been made official but several local papers are reporting that the 49′ers will announce the deal sometime Wednesday or Thursday. Tonight, the 9′ers officially hired Trent Baalke as General Manager. Baalke was the VP of Player Personnel for the team. According to those same reports, the sides had been talking throughout the week and will officially meet tomorrow.
Another indicator is that the 49′ers are rapidly trying to interview Oakland OC Hugh Jackson presumably to fill the NFL’s Rooney Rule requirements. Jackson is expected to actually be named the HC of the Oakland Raiders who fired Tom Cable this evening.
For the Dolphins, the tables seem turned and Tony Sparano looks more and more likely to stay for another season. Earlier tonight Jeff Darlington reported VIA Twitter that Jon Gruden was no longer an option to take over the team and yesterday Bill Cowher was off the table due to the desire of Stephen Ross to keep Jeff Ireland in place.
Now, if the Harbaugh rumors are true, the Dolphins are left with very little options for HC and will likely retain Tony Sparano. Unfortunately it will be as an afterthought.