Missed opportunities. They’re just two words to describe the Miami Dolphins in the off-season the last 5 years. The Dolphins are still feeling the effects from trading a second round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for belly up quarterback Daunte Culpepper over Super Bowl champion Drew Brees, or worse picking QB Chad Henne over Matt Ryan in the 2008 NFL draft. It’s now the second round of the playoffs and I’m eagerly watching the Pittsburgh Steelers defend their home turf against divisional rivals the Baltimore Ravens, still as a Dolphins fan. One can’t help to wonder what if the Dolphins had signed Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin over Ravens offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron in 2007?
After a 2005 coaching search, the Dolphins signed Nick Saban to replace him only one season later with Cameron. That off-season, in 2007, the Dolphins settled on two finalists for their head coaching position. The Dolphins interviewed Tomlin days before Pittsburgh and it was predicted that he would accept an offer if Miami had offered one. They, of course, passed on Tomlin and hired Cameron instead on January 20th, 2007. This makes sense considering Cameron is a more conservative play caller, while Tomlin, who is rather aggressive, fit perfectly only days later with the Pittsburgh organization.