Miami Dolphins interim head coach possibilities

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Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; General view of golden NFL shield logo in the end zone to commemorate Super Bowl 50 during the preseason NFL game between San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The final option for Stephen Ross would be to go outside. That would require the team to meet Rooney Rule parameters but it’s an option. The caveat to that is any coach that would come to Miami would not want to have a 12 game deal. Meaning Ross is going to bring a coach in and have to give him a contract beyond the 2015 season. If the right coach was found this wouldn’t be much of a problem because 12 games is more than enough time to evaluate this team and begin the installation of his schemes.

The Dolphins could simply write this season off and hand it to an outside coach but options right now are limited. Mike Shannahan is out of work as is Jim Schwartz but again, Ross will be limited in his search as he can’t interview coaches that are employed by other teams. It’s extremely rare, in fact I can’t recall it ever happening that a permanent head coach is hired mid-season. Still, it is a viable option for Ross but again, finding the coach he wants to run his football team into the future will be a very tough sell this early in the season.

Whether or not the Dolphins can find a coach who would be willing to take over the team for 12 games will be a tough sell but it’s not impossible. Especially if that coach has previous head coaching experience and is looking to get back to that position. If Ross goes this route, Jim Schwartz may be his best option and Schwartz might be willing to take the team over on an interim basis with the knowledge that he has a legit shot at becoming the team next permanent head coach.

Bill Cowher and other names in the broadcast booths will get tossed around as well but there is no reason for any of those coaches to come out their current jobs on a one year deal. In addition, those coaches are not likely to look favorable on Ross’ decisions thus far either.

The Dolphins’, more specifically Stephen Ross, best option right now is Darren Rizzi. He has the respect of his team, can open the offensive play calling and add keep some continuity on the team for the 2015 season.