Updated Dolphins coaching search


The Miami Dolphins have started to interview coaching candidates and here is the update on what is going on with the search at this time.

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It’s far easier to simply add a new post rather than try and update and older one that you would have to search for. And yes, things have changed since yesterday. More news and a few more tidbits to take into consideration.

Mike Smith – Former Atlanta head coach – Smith interviewed on Monday. What is interesting is that the interview took place in Miami and owner Stephen Ross wasn’t at the meeting. Likely conferenced in instead. Smith is not a top choice for the vacancy but Miami could view him as an assitant coach or coordinator should they go with a younger, ahem, Dan Campbell type.

Matt Patricia – Current Patriots defensive coordinator – The New England Patriots granted Miami permission to interview Patricia. The team can not speak with him until next week per league rules.

Josh McDaniels – Current offensive coordinator for the Patriots – See Patricia above.

Mike Shanahan – Former Raiders, Broncos, and Redskins head coach – Shanahan will meet with the Dolphins a second time. It was reported on Monday that in December, Shanahan met with the team in New York. He will do so again today (Tuesday) in New York. Stephen Ross will be present.

Teryl Austin – Currently DC for Detroit Lions – Austin is scheduled to interview with the Dolphins at some point today in New York at Stephen Ross’ offices.

Chip Kelly – Former Eagles head coach – Despite early reports of interest, Kelly has not been contacted by the team. It was reported that Kelly was in the Floriday Keys yesterday making it an ideal situation to get him to Miami but the Dolphins did not reach out to him according to reports.

Chuck Pagan0 – Current Colts head coach – Chuck Pagano was not only retained but received an extension through 2019 to remain the coach of the Colts. It’s a smart move by Jim Irsay.

Adam Gase – Current OC for the Bears – reportedly interviewing on Thursday. Nothing has changed here although Gase was supposedly in New York interviewing for the Philadelphia vacancy. His interview may be today.

Dan Campbell – Current interim head coach for the Dolphins – interviewing on Friday. Something tells me that Campbell is going to the next head coach.

Anthony Lynn – Current RB’s coach for Buffalo Bills – permission requested will interview on Wednesday. Lynn doesn’t make much sense for the Dolphins and his interview process makes less sense other than to gauge possible consideration for a different coaching position that would be a promotion over what he is now.

Doug Marrone – Current offensive line/assistant head coach Jacksonville – reportedly will interview this week. There has been no news on this interview. It’s likely going to be Wednesday or Thursday.

Todd Haley – Current OC in Pittsburgh – reported interest by Miami but can’t interview him until next week due to league rules. The Dolphins have not reached out to the Steelers to request permission at this time.

Sean Payton – Current HC of the Saints – It appears that Payton is an extreme long shot to become the Dolphins head coach. Miami would need to surrender draft pick compensation to the Saints to get him and it’s been floated that Miami is unwilling to part with any picks for a coach. Barring a change in the next 24 hours, Payton will be removed from this list.

Tom Coughlin – Coughlin stepped down on Monday from the Giants but it’s been reported that he still wants to coach. There are only a few options for him. Cleveland, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Philly would keep him closer to home but I doubt that Coughlin would stay in the NFC West facing the Giants twice a year. He seems too classy for that. If Miami wanted him they could make a good pitch. Coughlin would bring immediate culture change to the organization.