Here we go, I’m going to do it, I’m going to cite Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. I know, I know, I don’t do it often but sometimes you just have to realize that there may be some importance to what he is saying. According to Salguero, and for now it remains only his opinion, the Dolphins are down to three candidates for their head coaching job. Mike McCoy, Joe Philbin, and Todd Bowles.
Now I realize that is only his opinion as he states he can not confirm that, but he goes further to say that the Dolphins informed both Dave Toub and Mike Zimmer they are no longer being considered for the position and the trio mentioned above are all being brought back for another round of interviews with Stephen Ross at his office in New York.
Salguero also states that according to a source close to Joe Philbin that he spoke with, Philbin is very interested in the job and is in fact willing to move his family despite the loss of his 21 year old son a short week and a half ago. Perhaps Philbin views a change of scenery as a moving on, letting go, or part of the healing process.
The interesting candidate here is the inclusion of Todd Bowles who is regarded as a n0-shot candidate. A second interview squarely puts his first interview out of a simple “Rooney Rule” exercise. However, it should be noted that the retention of Bowles brings questions about the release of Mike Nolan today as it would make more sense to retain Nolan with Bowles as the two have worked together for two seasons.
If Salguero is correct, then Bowles is the only candidate who is from the defensive side of the ball. Perhaps losing Nolan gives Bowles a leg up in the process. It also should be noted that highly touted Pete Carmichael Jr. is not on the interview list yet. I can say that outside of Philbin, the final three choices do not elicit a desire to run out and buy season tickets.
You can read Salguero’s article here.