The Dolphins are making progress in their effort to hire a head coach -- at least they seem closer to getting there.
The club yesterday made the pivot away from some candidates and is "on to the second round" of interviews, I've been told by the club.
I am looking for confirmation this means no new candidates will be added to the current pool although I believe that to be the case. I have been told several candidates have been cut from the process -- one of them being Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, who was the first candidate to interview for the job.
Toub was told Monday he was no longer being considered for the job. He re-signed with the Bears today.
An NFL source tells me Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has also been cut from consideration.
So what does this mean?
It means the next Dolphins coach will be selected among the following group: Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin, and Mike McCoy.
Philbin, the Green Bay offensive coordinator, will interview again on Wednesday. McCoy, the Broncos offensive coordinator, will interview again Thursday. I am trying to confirm when Bowles will get his second interview, assuming it is not happening today.
[UPDATE: I should have mentioned this earlier, but Philbin is clearly eager to have the job. There were questions about his emtional state following the drowning death of his 21-year-old son last week. There were questions whether Philbin would be willing to relocate his family. He is willing to relocate his family, a source close to Philbin told me.]
All the interviews will be in New York, where owner Stephen Ross is spending the next couple of days.