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The breakdown of the Dolphins coaching seach

The Dolphins are quietly conducting a coaching search.

The club has made no public move to cement the future of their football operations but that does not mean things are stagnant behind the scenes, as ownership has already contacted two potential coaching candidates, according to multiple NFL sources.

The Dolphins in recent days reached out to former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher to gauge his interest in becoming the coach, according to a source close to Cowher. But the team's conversations with Cowher included a scenario in which he would have final say over the organization but also retain general manager Jeff Ireland and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Cowher, apparently not comfortable with that setup because he wants autonomy over assistants, personnel and the hiring of a GM, has backed away from the Miami job at this time as a result. He is out of the Miami picture at this moment but that remains a fluid situation.

Another source indicated this morning that the Dolphins have made initial and preliminary contact with Jim Harbaugh's camp and that more conversations are expected in the coming hours and possibly days with the Stanford coach. Harbaugh, who authored Stanford's 12-1 season and their 40-12 defeat of Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, has been in South Florida for over a week.

The Dolphins have had no official meetings or talks with Harbaugh per se. But having such discussions is apparently the plan, a source said. The story was first reported by NFL.com.

There is no certainty that Harbaugh will be hired by Miami, however.

He is perhaps the hottest college coach in the nation now and his pro-style offense is appealing to any NFL team looking to upgrade on offense -- a description the Dolphins fit. But that makes Harbaugh a candidate for jobs in San Francisco and Denver and at his alma mater, Michigan.

The 49ers are an apparent quality of life fit because they are 21 miles from Harbaugh's current address. But the 49ers seem intent on completing the hiring of a general manager first so that may hinder their attempt to land Harbaugh.

The Broncos are now guided, in part, by former quaterback John Elway, a Stanford graduate. Like a contingent of Dolphins employees, Elway was also on hand Monday night as Harbaugh's team did its work against Virginia Tech.

Michigan is a fit because Harbaugh played there and was a candidate for the job in 2002. But Harbaugh didn't land the Michigan job that year so his allegiance to the Wolverines may not be as solid as it once was. Ironically, Ross is a Michigan alumnus and major contributor but could be the reason Michigan doesn't land its prized candidate.

Harbaugh seems to fit what Ross apparently is searching for -- a name-coach that promises offensive fireworks that excites fans. But chasing Harbaugh is not without difficulty in that he would also have to agree to work with Ireland and keep Nolan, whom Ross seems intent on keeping at this point.

Two other possibilities are Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden.

The Tennessee head coach has not been told by owner Bud Adams if he will be retained or fired. If he is fired, Fisher is a respected name that could attract Ross. The situation in Tennessee has no timetable for finding resolution.

Gruden, working for ESPN on their Monday Night Football broadcasts, is perhaps the most expensive candidate on the market. Because he is scheduled to be paid $5 million by Tampa Bay in 2011 and makes approximately $2 million from ESPN, he would be looking for a deal that could exceed $8 million. It is also not known if Gruden would be willing to work with Ireland.

And all the time, the Dolphins are keeping current coach Tony Sparano on hold. It is now clear he is the fall-back position.

While Sparano is still on the job, the team is also conducting a search.

Ownership is seeking what it believes is an upgrade. And failing to find one, will bring Sparano back for his fourth season as Miami's coach. His record in three seasons is 25-23 with a playoff appearance in 2008 and back-to-back 7-9 records the past two seasons.


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I understand the Boobz frustrations.

It must be tough being an old, washed-up, wannabe cop, civil SERVANT

Having to watch scum of the earth like me driving around in my new BMW with p0rn-staresque woman by my side...

I'd be upset too.


Have you been watching Mallett tonight at all? He's not really impressing me. Doesn't move great, his accuracy is questionable and his spirals are inconsistent. I'm not seeing it in him, you?

We need to start over from scratch. We suck.

Can this team be any worse? Let's give Sparano and Irie 1 more year. Brother,

Xxx can it

I agree with keeping Nolan. He should be on the list of head coaching candidates if that would keep him in Miami.

Mallett has some touch on his passes. That's hard to teach, just ask Henne. There's some things that need to be polished, but he looks like he has the goods. But like I said, its all a crap shoot.

What I find interesting is we're going to probably spend the entire draft on offense and the defense will fall apart along with the offense in 2011! LOL.............


and that's the problem. These kids can look decent at the College level but it's a big jump to the pros. I'm not convinced that any of these guys other than Luck are going to be any special at the next level.

You can't judge mallet for one game man, look at his seasons and then determine weather you like him or not..I'm on the fence still about him and a few other QB's in this potential class. Who knows, one game isn't going to tell you and show you much.

Signs the defense will fall apart again in 2011, is the amount of time they spent on the field in 2010, the consistent inability to hold onto picks, and inability to get consistent pressure on the qb outside of blitzing and Cameron Wake.

Next year you'll be calling for Mike Nolan's head at this time. Watch and see. LOL.........

What I find interesting 3 years in is that they started with the lines, and save for Solia, both lines have regressed.

Solia was not their pick BTW

Can anyone tell me that ANY of our linemen minus LONG, and SOLIAI that can't be upgraded?

Misi had the second most sacks on the team with 4.5! 4.5! Dansby had 3...

Not good enough

Even Wake was invisible the last 2 games

Im telling you guys right now defense is going to suck next year! LOL...............

We may have been ranked as high #3 defensively but we played some terrible offenses too. It was just our offense stunk worse! LOL.........

The best thing I can suggest is to look at the successful QB's in the NFL today let's say the cutoff time in the NFL be about 6 years...then go back and watch film of these selected QB's and see what traits they had in college compared to how they play now in the nfl. Look for required skills like speed of the game, desicion making, arm strength, ect...and then compare that to the college QB's coming out this year. That can give you an idea of who might have what it takes for today's NFL...basic skills and smarts, all of the non taught skills. It might take time but thats how to view some of the potential of some of these guys going forward as they make the leap into the NFL. You will find a lot of common traits in the great QB's...not just arm strength and such, but the intangibles...

cowkilla, if it was that easy, than they guys who get paid millions, who do this for a living would probably have a higher success rate...

Just sayin'


That's why I say ev1 looking at our offense, there are disturbing 2010 signs our defense could regress in 2011 too. Especially since it seems all of the attention will be focused on offense this offseason.



Heres My Back To Properity Plan I Proposed Earlier:


If I were gm I know the perfect way to get a franchise qb next season without purposely tanking the season. Especially if Luck decides to stay in college one more season:


There are several reasons why this makes sense:

1. We wont get franchise qb this season anyway.

2. We can make the defense even better. Tons of good defenders in this draft.

3. Better chance to get defenders we're after. know one expects we draft defense.

4. Without an improved 2011 offense we're sure to draft top 10 in 2012.

5. 2012 get our franchise qb(hopefully if Luck chooses to stay) and use the entire 2012 draft on offense.

6. Having a championship defense now in place we can use the entire 2013 draft to finish acquiring offensive pieces we werent able to get in the 2012 draft.


Franchise qb traits? Thats not our problem. Almost every fool knows what one looks like. Especially if he's a Marino or Elway in college. The problem is getting one.

We can talk about it til blue in the faces but bottom line is having a concrete plan for getting one. LOL...............

Its a crap shoot for sure when trying to draft a qb. But I think we can all agree, if they don't hire an excellent OC, fix the O-line, get speed at the running back and WR position, its not going to matter who the guy under center is.

I'm liking Mallet.

Unfortunately in the NFL once a franchise qb lands on a team he aint going nowhere! Get him college or not at all. Tom Brady isnt a blueprint for getting one. You dont usually find them 6th rd. LOL............


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We can hire all the most brilliant OC's known to mankind. But until we get someone that knows what the hell he's doing bringing in talent. That wont be worth a damn either! LOL........


Marino came out in the year of the QB. How many QB's came out of that draft and look at how many were successful. We need desperate help on O, but my gut tells me that if Sparano and Ireland are in charge the D will be neglected. Just like the O in 2010 and we need to be firing on all pistons. This teams lacked direction. Coaches fault, O debacle in 2010 on Parcells and Ireland. So is Pat White!

It's surely possible DB. Our defense is vertainly overrated. Not that they were horrible, but, anytime SEAN SMITH is your starting corner you have issues!

What I STILL don't understand is how DAN HENNING still has a job!??!

Promote the BALL BOY and you'd be better off!

Outside of Brandon Marshall and Jake Long we have no proven great players on offense. No OC can totally fix that. That's what Dan Henning was trying to tell the stupid press. LOL.........

I don't think I would keep a single member of this coaching staff save Nolan and MAYBE the WR coach

QB coach-nuff said
O-line coach?
LB coach?
Bowels? SEAN (1 INT in 2 seasons)

Dan Henning did a great job with the SB Redskins because they had so many great peices in place. I do fault Henning for suspect play calling at times and not using the little talent we do have as imaginative as possible. But he is correct we have a severe talent drought on offense.

I would say that Fasano and Bess and Brown are all very good. Hartline is borderline.

The ENTIRE O-line though is a travesry. Although there were a few games where Henne literally had a lifetime to throw and still mucked it up.

Suspect at times?!

We are talking about Dan (Play action or draw, or WR screen on 3rd and long) Henning?


The defense will greatly regress but I dont think there will be a great falling apart in 2011. I believe because of Nolan's skills alone they regress no further than 17th.

Problem with that is that the offense still isnt gonna be very good neither, though I do look for a slight improvement in points scored rankings. There's jus not enough really good offensive talent in this draft and we still dont have a 2nd rd pick to boot! LOL........

Well, there's really only ONE position that can turn this offense around DRAMATICALLY, and we all know what position that is, and we all know that the liklihood of getting a replacement at that position is next to nothing...

Not having a 2nd rd pick is pretty much a moot point considering who they've drafted in the 2nd rds around here.


Fasano and Bess are avg. I say this because neither can beat coverage vertically. Bess is excellent horizontically but a peice of crap vertically. Fasano cant beat lb's vertically and at times is challenged to be them horizontally in pass coverage.

As far as Ronnie Brown being very good? That statement alone scares hell out of me. LOL..........

As if all the stupid things Ross did with the BS owners and party at the stadium were not enuff, he now fails at firing a coaching staff and putting a new one on the field.
We are now no better than the put a bag on your head teams over the last 20 years. This joke started when Don Shula left and I can't see an end any time soon.
There is no way we win with Sparano next year so I guys if we can't get z new coach 0 and 16 will be what we get

I realize I'm one of the last guy in Brown's corner, but, if this staff has proven ANYTHING it's that they have no idea how to utilize the talent they do have.

Bess doesn't need to be a verticle threat. He just needs to keep doing what he's doing.

Fasano has made some pretty impressive TD catches, and had a carrer year.

Could we upgrade over both, sure, but, I see us having FAR greater needs.

This is not true. I must be having a nightmare.

BUT, we have the highest paid

WR in the league
Slot WR in the league
LT in the league
ILB in the league

Those guys, of course, had great seasons. Maybe we should just tempt all the players in the league until we run out of cash.

Personally I would like to have a slot wr like Az Akhim back in the day of the greatest show on turf Rams. He was the ultimate slot wr that could beat you both horizonally and vertically. Bess is totally upgradable if the right guy comes along.

Seems now everyone has gotten stuck in "Wes Welker" mode. But there's never been a greater dual threat slot wr than Az Akhim. LOL..........

Now I see what the scouts meant about Mallet's decision making. LOL...........

This is a really good year to draft defensive players. Most of the offensive players are a reach and that exactly where we'll focus our 2011 draft. So expect offensive busts. LOL............

Perhaps, but, I'd take an upgrade at T/G/C/TE/QB/DE/ILB/OLB/CB before I would consider upgrading the slot.

The only benefit I see of trading Bess is that we would actually get excellent ROI for once.

Well, I'm out...Hopefully Henning and Bellichick die in their sleep tonight.


Hell no Im not saying get rid of or replacing Bess. He's fine for now. Just if we got lucky enough and the right guy game along and clearly outplayed him. Like you say he's the least of worries at present. I was just making an evaluation. LOL..........


Eh, whatever.


If you feel the urge to say ANYTHING positive, just let us all know...

Miami's Defense need a Linebacker to play opposite Dansby.
[Preferably...one who likes 'Collisions'.] and a Safety who can catch.

They need to keep Soliai and McDaniel -- and Odrick must prove that he doesn't have chronic Osteoporosis.

A decent Quarterback, 1 Speed Reciever, and a good Draft will upgrade the Offense.

...and I know that you were just waiting to read that

Please try to be a HAPPIER Fan...


dr roberts, I live here in brentwood, TN (a burb just S of Nashville.
TRUST ME, you do NOT want Fisher here. You think Sparano is conservative? Wait till you get a load of fisher, who believes a punt is a fine offensive play. Sure, he'll throw in a trick play once in a while, but he runs Chris Johnson to death (a great RB to be sure.) Talk about no QB's.
He was satisfied with Collins and Young. he also throws players under the bus when they don't suit him any longer.
Arrogant is too nice a word.
To keep his job next y7ear, i guarantee you he will slash at least 3 of his assistants, including is DC.

Harbaugh, (or whomever other than Tony) will be my last Fins coach, as I'm just too old and tired to chase the dream, and truthfully the NFL has become a joke, what with salaries, posturing, bad tackling, and scandals. A great college game is FAR better than a great NFL game. Unfortunately my Canes ain't great.
Perhaps Golden will make MY golden years a bit shinier.
Sorry for the OT folks.

BTW, i think Ross's treatment of Sparano right now is shameful.
fire the guy (Tony0 and put him out of his misery, perhaps give him a chance to hook on with someone else as a position coach, or maybe the coach at the U of Pittsburgh, which could use a fine upstanding guy like Tony.
Heck, we sent them Wannstache!!!!

We sould use some ASIA SAUCE!! I may have had some beer too and it DONT MATTER what they said today. Miami DOlphins sholde GO COWER POWER!! wooo!! somebody told he me is PART CHINESE so thats cool there smart f people with the math and all that!

I canm see it to with COWER hes got the china eyes and face a little bit so I guess he wasnt yank my CHAIN!!

NJPhinFan....Are you Drunk again??

Go to see that you're still perusing the Blog!

whos this other dude they want the Harbag? he SUCKED I rememberd him played for the BALTOMORE COTLS and we always done sack him all the time he was slobbered all over the grass! BEEEEEERRRRR!!!!!

Point by Point...

1) Sparano lost the locker room because of his poor handling of the roster, I/E working the waiver wire every week, poor game day coaching, the O' line thing and cutting someone every week including Bonermango.

2) Dan Henning

3) Big whiffs in F/A besides Marshall and Dansby

4) Didn't address the real needs through the draft or missed big.

5) We never got the real story but if Roth got jobbed in the eyes of the players, that's not good. Grove might have been well respected too?

6) Parcell's unprofessionally leaving the week before the season was a bad message.

7) The O'line's complete makeover and regression

8) Throwing way too much money at Marshall and his supposed YAC. The only thing he has Yacked is his mouth. Diva with drops and a moral killing "me only" attitude.

9) Poor handling of beloved Icons like ZT and JT. Get rid of them, fine. You didn't have to treat them like some practice squad water boys upon exit.

10) Dual backfield concept. As I have state before as well. These two backs run completely different, thus affeting the line and blocking. Ricky hits a hole, cuts and burst full speed. Ronnie is more patient and sets up the blocking. It really does affect the line.

Hopefully "Dey will get dat cleaned up.. I do I really do... and doz types a tings"

There's actually some truth to your druken tyrade...


Harbaugh took a 1-11 Stanford Team and took names in the Pac-10. Including his thrashing of Pete Caroll and USC at their peak.

He is a former NFL QB.

Young anxious and highly competitive.

His brother coaches the Ravens and there is some serious motivation.

Great motivator and Xs & Os guy.

Very aggressive style of game plan, take it to the other team, roll the dice, not settle for field goals.

Cowher and Gruden are long in the tooth and will burn out. Gruden did a poor job in drafting and other than Gannon, botched the Qbs in Tampa. He also runs a West Coast offense so that means a completely different direction. Cowher played in a crappy division and had the luxury of sneaking in a lot and trapping teams in crappy weather with a great defense?

Martin: (@ 12:59 AM)

Point by Point;

1) He had to cut Bonermango...
His unit single-handedly LOST a game that was being played very close by the Dolphins' Offense and Defense.

2) Henning S-U-C-K-S
But...it would have been a huge challenge to install a new defensive and Offensive coordinator in the same season. (ironically THATS just what they may be getting ready to do now.)

3) Fa/s are a crap shoot.
Even Marshall played below his potential this year.

4) Sometimes OTHER TEAMS choose the people you want before you have a chance to pick. ...also the Draft is also mostly a crap shoot. (see Sergio Kindel - Ravens)

5) Grove couldn't stay on the field and Roth couldn't tell the truth.

6) Parcells Obviously got fed up with Mr Ross's 'ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION' lol !!!

7) The O-Line's probable starters have been decimated by injuries for the past 2 years

8) Marshall needs a speed guy opposite him as well as a FREAKING Quarterback !!!!

9) Gary Wichard (JT's agent) IS AN @ssHole. He has recently been BANNED by the NFL Players association for some type of fraud. Ireland and Parcells didn't respond well to the guy's attitude and it caused problems during their negotiations.

10) The Offensive line digressed (as you've correctly stated) ...and Everyone became so focused on ROBO-Henne that they underutilized two above average NFL backs. Gotta Blame Henning for that one.

...and finally,

Consider yourself lucky.
Tony Sparano is a decent guy...
believe it or not, He gives BETTER Press Conferences than JJ, Wanny, Saban, OR Cam Cameron.
Check him out on the Dolphins Website and see for yourself!

My advice is to give Cowher what ever he wants to get him to coach the Fins. If that does not happen, then there is no good alternative and they should just stick with Sparano.

Coward is an old nfl coach he has been studied so much that most nfl teams know his plays in advance
Hardbuck is new blood it is exactly what we need to turn this team around.It is a shame for Sparano
to have such a lousy Q after that first season.However DOLFANS we are in a enviable position Micky And Stephen or Stephen and Micky Are both throwing their weight(money)around to be Miami's top Honcho Micky 1 Stephen 0 wait for the fireworks

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