Miami Dolphins looking at NE’s Chad O’Shea as OC front runner
It’s been reported that current Patriots wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea is the front-runner to become the Dolphins next offensive coordinator.
On Thursday, Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel reported that the Patriots’ Chad O’Shea is the leading front-runner to become the Miami Dolphins next offensive coordinator. It’s all but been officially reported that the Patriots’ linebackers coach, Brian Flores, will become the next Dolphins head coach, and it looks like Flores might be bringing O’Shea with him. Miami cannot officially make that announcement until after Super Bowl LIII.
The Dolphins met with Flores again this week in what was declared a second interview, but was more of a follow-up to discuss the plans and future coaching staff going forward. We have already heard the indications that Miami plans to bring in Jim Caldwell as the assistant head coach, and Patrick Graham from the Packers to be the defensive coordinator.
The difference between those coaches and O’Shea is that those candidates are all but set to be officially announced. O’Shea, on the other hand, is simply considered the front-runner so it is not yet a clear certainty. Like Flores, O’Shea has had a long tenure with the Patriots, and was expected to become New England’s offensive coordinator last season with the potential departure of Josh McDaniels to Indianapolis, or follow McDaniels to Indy.
The expected announcement of Flores becoming the next head coach was not widely welcomed by the fan base, myself included. However, it’s looking much more promising with the potential staff that Flores is putting together with him in South Florida. O’Shea has never had play-calling duties, but this would appear to be a solid hire if Flores can convince him, and the Patriots to let him go.
Of course we won’t know anything official until the Super Bowl is concluded. In the week following the Super Bowl, we can expect these announcements to finally be made official, and a coaching staff should be set in place.