Attention Turns To Next Option For Dolphins HC


Stephen Ross swung and he missed.  Jeff Fisher is a Ram and the Dolphins are now hunting once again.  So where will they turn and how soon will they move?  In reality, the Dolphins don’t need to have a coach in place until the Senior Bowl and they can easily wait for the Super Bowl to end to interview top candidates from those coaching staffs.  So all is not lost.  The attention now turns to options number two.

Rumors are that the Dolphins are ready to steam ahead and one name showing up on the interview rumor radar is Dave Toub.  If true, and this is unconfirmed, it would be his second interview and immediately put him in the front row of the search.  Not flashy and not likely a hire that would add confidence to a dwindling fan base.

Other names are still out there and there is a little we know about their status.  Here is what we do know.

UPDATE:  Stephen Ross told media today that he wants to interview more candidates but can’t because teams are still in the playoffs. 

Rob Chudzinski - has not been interviewed as far as anyone knows.  He is a highly touted OC who has done wonders with young QB’s and is also a product of the University of Miami.    Chud is a coach who also works well in developing TE’s.  Still, Miami has not reached out to the Carolina OC.  The Panthers would need to grant permission to Miami to interview him.  Last year, the Dolphins interviewed Chud for their OC position but he followed his friend Ron Rivera to Carolina.

Brian Billick – He is not considered a real candidate and the Dolphins have not reached out to him.  Some speculate it’s because of a tift with Stephen Ross.  Billick is the only big name still left on the market that has said he wanted to get back into coaching.

Marty Schottenheimer - Despite his relationship with Carl Peterson, Schotty has not been contacted as far as we know to re-energize the team.  He is 68 years old and would be a temp solution for the team, likely for about 5 years.  However, Schotty, in 21 years has had only two losing seasons, is well respected in league circles, and commands respect by his players.  He also has a history of butting heads with GM’s.  Something that may be more of the reason that Ross has yet to reach out to him.

Pete Carmichael, Jr. – Carmichael has been calling the plays in New Orleans since HC Sean Payton went down with a knee injury.  He can not however be interviewed until the week between the Division games and the Super Bowl and can not be hired until after the SB.  He is young and innovative but will the Dolphins wait him out?

Joe Philbin – The Dolphins already met with Philbin and still may be a target once the Packers season is over, however, the recent family tragedy could keep Philbin in Green Bay another year as he will likely need time once the season is over, not diving in to a location change.

Mike Zimmer – Zimmer is a defensive coach and it’s not known what kind of offensive system he would bring to Miami.  He has a relationship with GM Jeff Ireland from their days in Dallas and that makes me believe he is a top choice by management.  Zimmer has 12 years as an NFL DC and has earned his shot for the next step but is Miami the right fit?

Other names:  Mike Sherman, Hue Jackson, Winston Moss, and John Pettine.

Predictions? I think the rumors of Toub heading to Miami for interview 2 are correct (Marc Kohn VIA Twitter) and that he will be hired as the next HC early next week.  I think this is a big mistake and I do not believe he will bring a change in approach to the team.

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  • http://finnation.com CatOnTheFinSide

    Nice breakdown.

  • Lespaul

    I just read where Chud was going to Tampa Bay…maybe to interview for HC position. He would be miles better than Toub and it boggles the mind why Toub is even considered. This would be a colossal mistake.

  • drumzan

    I wouldn’t be upset about Toub, not at all. I mean, ST’s is very underrated. It’s 1/3 of the game. It kept Chicago and Seattle in a lot of games they shouldn’t have been the last few years. Apparently Toub wowed the Dolphins in his interview. I think we just need to trust Ireland and Ross know what they’re doing. My top 3 would probably be Winston Moss, Carmichael and Toub.

  • RyanTreffers

    @dolphinsbuzztap bring billick!

  • bill.stowers

    Ugh. How would a ST coordinator be qualified to be a head coach? I want either Chud or Shotty. However if phiblin will still want to accept an offer then I’d much rather have him.

  • drumzan

    @bill.stowers Harbaugh was a ST coordinator before becoming head coach. #JustSaying

  • Lespaul

    @drumzan @bill.stowers Harbaugh was also a starting QB in the NFL. He won games and knows how to win games, motivate players and manage a team. Your never started as a player….matter of fact I read he was pretty lousy and got cut from two practice squads…..practice squads!!!

  • Lespaul

    @drumzan @bill.stowers Harbaugh was a starting QB in the NFl who had a pretty decent career. He knows how to win games, motivate players and manage a team. Toub never started and was cut from two diffent practice squads….practice squads. I think his tenure at the Bears has benefited from a great kicker and Devin Hester. Harbaugh took a last place team and turned them into a playoff team in one season. Ross is a joke and it would appear that most of the serious coaching contenders see that.

  • drumzan

    @[email protected] I’m talking about JOHN Harbaugh, not Jim. John was the Special Teams Coordinator for the Eagles for almost 10 years before becoming head coach of the Ravens. John was a defensive back in college. A head coach doesn’t have to be a former QB.

  • Lespaul

    @drumzan @bill.stowers No, agree the HC doesn’t have to be an ex-QB and John Harbaugh did coach ST in Philly, but he had lots of NFL management experience before he took over as a HC. I just wouldn’t roll the dice with Toub….not enough history or experience for such a big role.

  • drumzan

    @[email protected] ?? Toub has been in some form of a coaching role since 1986 and has been in the NFL since 2001.

  • Lespaul

    @drumzan @bill.stowers Betting the farm on Toub would be a mistake.

  • drumzan

    @[email protected] I’m not saying pick Toub, but am glad Ross and Ireland are giving him strong consideration. He has a lot of respect in the NFL, and that’s significant for recruting a supporting staff. I’ve heard reports that Chud isn’t ready to be a HC, that’s why the Phins haven’t interviewed him since last year. And Shotty is helluva old. My vote is either Toub, Zimmer or Carmichael.

  • Lespaul

    @[email protected] Man, I think Toub would be Sporano version 2.0. I like Mike Zimmer and Pete Carmichael, but Ross would have to pony up some cash for Pete. Certainly no guarantees in these decisions as was discovered with the highly touted Cam Cameron. I really don’t think Ross or Ireland have a clue…the Herald and ESPN news have both reported frustrated managers and coaches leaving their meetings. Sounds like low balling and control tactics pushing away named coaches.