The Tampa Bay Buc’s haven’t made real progress in their head coaching search, not that the Miami Dolphins have, but it appears they may be closing in on their leading man. NFL reports that the meeting between the Buc’s and Marty Schottenheimer went very well and that the former NFL HC is now the leading candidate to take over the team.
Schottenheimer, if he chooses Tampa Bay, will also likely be joined by his son Brian Schottenheimer who walked away from the Jets…or was shown the door…as offensive coordinator. Schottenheimer has over a .600 winning percentage in 21 years as an NFL head coach with only two losing seasons. He is however not expected to be a long term solution at the age of 68 which is why many believe he was passed over by the Dolphins as well as his run-ins with former GM’s.
In New York, it appears that Tony Sparano will get his shot at Miami two times a year as he is set to join the club as OC while former Kansas City Chiefs HC, Todd Haley is now rumored to be joining the team as assistant HC. Schottenheimer was recently endorsed by the Jets before quietly walking away from the team yesterday.
Should Sparano join the Jets, it’s possible that free agent QB Chad Henne could find a home as a back-up to Mark Sanchez.
In Jacksonville, the team has hired Mike Mularkey to be their HC and the Rams are lining up interviews in the event that Jeff Fisher spurns them for the Dolphins or someone else. Further west in Oakland, no one has an idea who will take over the coaching reigns after the surprising firing of Hue Jackson. The Raiders have had 6 head coaches in ten years including two with one year stints and one with a two year stint. Jackson coached the team for one season.
In Dolphins news, lost in the shuffle of the weekend, Cincinnati Bengal DC Mik Zimmer wrapped his interview with the team on Monday, the Dolphins announced. Zimmer is considered a fall back option for the team.