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Dolphins assistant Bowles a candidate in Detroit

Dolphins assistant head coach and secondary coach Todd Bowles is a candidate for the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions, the Miami Herald has confirmed.

The story, first reported by NFL.com, has legs. Although the Dolphins are declining comment, the interview is already scheduled for next week -- perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday if the Dolphins are out of the playoffs.

Bowles is in his ninth season as an NFL assistant and first with the Dolphins.

The Lions have already set up an interview with Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for this weekend. The fact Bowles has not been a coordinator will not hurt him as several coaches were hired recently -- Baltimore's John Harbaugh among them -- who were never offensive or defensive coordinators.

Aside from being a viable candidate, Bowles will help the Lions fulfill the requirements of the Rooney Rule which stipulates at least one minority candidate must be interviewed when head coach or general manager openings are available.

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I thought you couldn't interview someone that is on staff with a playoff team until their season concludes?

I just hope this doesn't become a trend. They finally have a winning formula in place (coaching-wise), and I'd hate to see even a little sliver of the coaching staff crumble. But, if he gets it, best of luck!

Pat: That would be a yes. They practice Wed, Thurs. Friday and walkthru on Sat.

this years coach of the year was never a coordinator either.
TONY SPARANO. how could you not name him.

wasn't Mike Smith D coordinator in Jax before going to Atlanta?

Thanks Armando!

Finfantaylor: You are right. I have corrected my error.

Eddie: Sparano was the "run game coordinator" for the Cowboys in 2005 and 2006. He was, in fact, the defacto offensive coordinator in 2006 before having the duties taken from him in 2007.

MY BAD YOUR GOOD HE STILL IS THE COACH OF THE YEAR THOUGH.

I think as long as we have coach Sparano in place and Jeff Ireland stays put - we'll be fine !

Armando, do you think the secondary's play is a reflection of their coach ? Or of their talent ?

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you Armando (and thanks for all your GREAT work), and to all the Phin fans out there. Thank God it looks like things are starting to get better for us !!!

they shouldnt allow teams to interview coaches or executives that have teams in the playoffs

Armondo, you make it sound like he may be being interviewed to suffice a rule. They are also interviewing Leslie Frazier (who almost got the Miami job last year).

***And how are they interviewing him while the PHins are in the playoffs? Will they have to reschedule when the Phins win this weekend???

Ray Lewis packs fudge

I don't know about that last entry at 4:57. Isn't Joey Porter the one that took it in the ass. HEGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am unable to enjoy New Years Eve with the threat of Parcells leaving hovering over the community.

Mando, did you ever mention what position Bowles coaches? Either way I always thought you can't interview a coach while his team is in the playoffs.these guy should have Tunnel-vison right about now cause that Ravens D really isn't anything to mess around it. These guys play fast an very aggresive. I hope this isn't a DISTRACTION fot the phins!

I own the Cuban Menace

hope all the fans down there are ready to make noise there gonna need it. i know the game in new york all of us dolfans that where there took that place over it was great so let us hear all of you on the tv this week.

How old are you ? 5 years old or something.The jets suk get over it.

where's willi chirino?o yeah in his 42 foot yacht or in 1 of his 3 homes or i of his 5 cars ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

I'm watching 2 prospects miami can use in the bc-vandy game,nt-b.j raji and cb d.j moore.wow they are really impressive, mando.

who is a jets fan and is like 5 years old

Amen, Parmalee. Joey Porter is a tool.

LETS GO RAVENS!

Brett Favre has just thrown another interception

It says bernie is retarted

rayray52 aka dolphin4life the jets suk.get over it.

ray lewis is a murder and should be in jail rite now

Losing an important assistant is a problem. I live in DFW and many people are wondering if the Cowboys offense was not as good this year bc the loss of Tony S.

Mondo
TWICE in blogs since the Dolphin's won the AFC East Championship you have refered to the team as the "Miamians". The first time it ran chills up my spine. When you did it the second time I began to feel my blood pressure rise. Get off it. They are the DOLPHINS and not the Miamians. Hello. You make them sound like a bunch of gay illegals. The "MIAMI DOLPHINS" are the Champions of the AFC East. NOT the "Miamians" Has anyone else noticed this from Mondo.

IGREE WITH YOU MIKE W THEY ARE THE DOLPHINS NOT THE MIAMIANS SOUND LIKE BUNCH OF MEAT BALL PLAYERS. POSTED ALFREDO.

O.K. Phin fans. Find out what hotel the Ravens are staying at Saturday and start setting off the fire alarms in the middle of the night and sending up room service. No lights or hot water in their locker room would be good too. Aye San Diego (1994)???

O.K.PHIN.FANS. MAKE SURE YOU LET THE DOLPHINS ORGANIZATION KNOWH YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE TUNA. POSTED BY JULIO

Detroit?? wtf? Who would want to go there? They're just using him to fufill the rooney rule,he's not going anywhere! GO FINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How can you allow a team to interview your coaches during a playoff run? Makes absolutely no sense to me. And why the Dolphins would give permission is beyond me..

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