Miami Dolphins HC candidates all have big concerns if hired
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins have added another potential candidate to their head coaching search but all of those interviewing have concerns if hired.
Forget about the fact that the Miami Dolphins are not a great draw for coaches which is probably why the list of candidates is full of first time prospects. Miami is starting a rebuild that could end with the team being gutted from the top to the bottom. Does anyone want to coach that with no guarantee they will get to remain the coach once the rebuild starts to generate wins?
Finding out who the best prospect is won’t be easy because with each candidate comes problems that may not be good for the Dolphins. Here is a look at the coaching candidates and some of the downsides that come with them.
Dennis Allen – Has already been through one rebuild in Oakland and didn’t survive. Why would he want to start a team over again? Allen isn’t a big draw and only the Dolphins have inquired about an interview. While he has head coaching experience, that experience was horrible.
Darren Rizzi – The list of players that support Rizzi for the head coaching job continues to grow but there are two realities here. One, Rizzi may be getting all the accolades from his former and current players but no other teams are making a play for him. That makes you wonder.
Secondly the bigger concern is what kind of staff can Rizzi put together? He has been with the Dolphins for a very long time so his connections to other coaches may not be deep and that could be a concern.
Brian Flores – The Patriots DC has served in the position for one season and has spent 14 years with the Patriots. Bill Belichick’s coaching tree hasn’t been very successful in the NFL after leaving the Patriots. Like Rizzi he could struggle to find a solid coaching staff.
Vic Fangio – Fangio can probably put a very solid coaching staff together and is well-respected but serious questions about his defense should be asked. Does his coaching style lead to good defensive units or does he benefit from having really good players? In Miami he won’t have a bunch of top defensive players.
Eric Bieniemy – Bieniemy has one year of offensive coordinator status under Andy Reid. For all the accolades about his attention to details and ability to relate the players he lacks top experience as an OC, doesn’t always call the plays, and may not be able to hire a quality coaching staff.
Kris Richard – Of all the candidates Richard may have the least amount of concerns. He has solid coaching experience and his defenses have had success. Richard has made connections throughout the NFL in his time as a coach. The biggest issue with Richard is that he has only had a year or two truly running the defensive side of things and has benefits from really solid defensive players. He won’t get that same kind of group in Miami.