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Dolphins should have new coach by Friday

Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin and Mike McCoy will interview a second time for the Dolphins' vacant head coach job starting today and going through Thursday. Bowles and Philbin will be today and McCoy on Thursday.

If this goes according to plan, the Dolphins should have a new head coach by Friday afternoon.

I don't know who the leader is at this time. It frankly doesn't matter because I'm told this round of interviews truly will decide the winner.

Here are some of my thoughts on the subject:

1. Bowles has spent four years working for the Dolphins. He was the interim coach that went 2-1. He has the backing of Bill Parcells. He almost got the Detroit job a couple of years ago. He already interviewed for the Oakland job this year and is on the radar for the Indianapolis Colts' job if he doesn't land the one in Miami.

What exactly do the Dolphins have to find out about him that they don't already know?

One has to wonder if the fact Bowles is part of the old guard, under Tony Sparano, is a help or hinderance in that it's viewed as doing more of the same thing? Among fans the answer might be different than among the men who are actually deciding this hire.

If Bowles does not land the job, will he be be offered the defensive coordinator job because the other two candidates are offense-minded coaches? Do not dismiss this possibility.

2. McCoy is suddenly hot. He can thank Tim Tebow for that. The fact is McCoy's offense was terrible before Tim Tebow dropped the winner's annointing on the Broncos. The offense was putrid under Kyle Orton. And McCoy was no hero in Carolina, either. Fact is he got less out of Matt Moore in 2007 with the Panthers than the Dolphins did this year. That's fact.

But McCoy did get more out of Brandon Marshall than has been the norm in Miami. And he comes highly recommended as well. Dan Henning respected him. John Fox loves him. And he is a hot commodity around the NFL, as Tampa and Oakland are also interested in him.

You have to give McCoy major props for adjusting the Denver offense this year to suit Tebow's skill set. The ability to adapt is a trademark of a former Dolphins coach had. That coach's name was Don Shula.

McCoy is 39 years old. He kind of fits the young Don Shula quote from Stephen Ross.

3. Philbin is similarly impressive and comes with hopes he might bring some of the Green Bay success to the Dolphins -- as in tangibly. There is talk he might bring quarterback coach Tom Clements with him to Miami as the offensive coordinator. There is talk he might be able to recruit Matt Flynn, Green Bay's backup quarterback, to the Dolphins as well.

I suggest the Dolphins judge Philbin on his own merits. You don't hire a guy based on what else the guy might bring you. That's like a woman that marries a man mostly because he's got money. Rarely works out.

I asked a source close to Philbin what he emotional state is. You'll recall Philbin had a son who drowned last week. He stayed away from the Packers much of the time last week before coaching from the press box on Sunday.

I am told Philbin has assured the Dolphins through his agent and will do so again in person that he is willing, ready and eager to move on with his career and that he is emotionally fine.

Many of you want me to tell you who I believe should get the job. I cannot because I'm not going to pretend to know these guys intimately enough to gauge which is best. I am not in the interviews. I have not actually sat down with any of them.

Any journalist giving you an opinion on which candidate would be best ... run away from that idiot.

Follow me on twitter. I am not an idiot -- most of the time.

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uh...........YAY.....ooooooooo......ahhhhhhhhh.........Thats about as excited as I can be right now...

At this point I give a rats as$ who the next coach is. When Parcells took over this franchise was a mess, we discussed and knew then it would take years to get it straight. Just 3 years in and everybody was wanting to ax, well everybody. Now, my opinion, the situation is even worse. So how many years of rebuild are we looking at? who knowes, but one thing is known. Nobody has the patience for it, not the fans, and if history is an indicator not the FO either. This is going to be a long 2012..

we've had decades of losing, a long 2012 rebuilding year wont matter much at this point...just sayin!!!!

I'll give it to Bowles. I think he can do a good job motivating these guys and they respect him. He's up tempo and I don't think he wants to screw this chance either.

Bowles IT IS!!!!

(By default of course)

But, BOWLES IT IS!

YEAH!

So, I'd say it's pretty close, but in all reality, we've downgraded from SpOrano!

Yeah!

Who the F cares anymore?

"If it goes according to plan..."

Hahahahahaha!!!!

I'm done, I have to come to terms that while Ross is our owner we will win nothing, zero, zip, nada.

So to at least amuse myself every year until mercifully a new owner steps in maybe in 20 years from now I will sit and watch the yearly train wreck this team has become and will continue to be.

Great, the Dolphins will have a Head Coach by the weekend. After the disaster of a season in a lost decade of seasons, I almost feel sorry for the guy. At least, he will make millions.

Once the Dolphins have a coach, will the they, for the first time in more than a dozen years, expend as much effort on fixing the QB position as they do in trying to fix the interior of the OL?

Without a high quality or elite QB, the new coach will be fired like the old coach.

Miami has missed out on many QB prospects that fell to them in the draft and they also had chances to trade up, but it was "too expensive" as the next OL, DL, CB, or RB was just the one or two pieces needed to win the whole thing.

I presume the recent Herald story about using the first round pick on a OL, DL, CB, or LB is a leak from Ireland to prepare the fans for yet another year without a QB option other than Moore or (surely not) Henne again.

Other teams invest in the future of the QB position. Even New England, with Brady, took one in the third round last year.

Green Bay, with Rogers, took Flynn as a seventh rounder and developed him nicely. They will probably get a nice pick for him as well. Just like New England does for the players they develop and trade.

We lose tend to lose our few quality veteran free agents for nothing. We also do things like trade three picks to move up to get a RB in the second round, when other teams find high quality RBs in low rounds or in the ranks of college free agents.

Miami spends five second round picks for White, Henne, Marshall, and Smith. Smith is a disaster at CB most of the time. White is not even in the league. Henne is NOT the next Marino as Mr. Ross predicted. Marshall is pretty good, but why could the Dolphins not find a single playmaker on either offense or defence in the past four drafts? Even Jake Long is a question going forward thanks to the injuries he has suffered through the past season or two.

The new Head Coach is going to have to be very smart so he can avoid being the Head Scapegoat for Ireland.

Maybe Ireland will be the next Ted Thompson. But most seem to think he's Matt Millen, South Beach Edition at this point.

TigerSam,

"If it goes according to plan..."

Hahahahahaha!!!!
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Your quote says it all. Lol.

Plan, what plan? Lol.

Aren't you the same idiot who a couple days ago said Philbin shouldn't be considered because Moss was the guy desired by the Raiders?

At least you are being somewhat honest... you could mention your previous assertions... but, at least, you are telling people to run away from any journalist who is an idiot.

Philbin is the guy. He will bring a winning system. He will bring a QB capable of implementing that system. He will get the Dolphins to turn the page. He will get all those who said he was nothing to flip-flip and sing his praises.

I will laugh at all those who jump on the bandwagon.

I will not post anymore until the decision is announced. I said Fisher shouldn't be our coach and wouldn't be our coach. The Fisherillas whined all week and attacked me for speaking the truth. Now they will whine again and speak about that which they do not know. I will not trouble myself with responding. They will learn. I am the all-knowing.

I will not post anymore until the decision is announced. I said Fisher shouldn't be our coach and wouldn't be our coach. The Fisherillas whined all week and attacked me for speaking the truth. Now they will whine again and speak about that which they do not know. I will not trouble myself with responding. They will learn. I am the all-knowing.

I will not post anymore until the decision is announced. I said Fisher shouldn't be our coach and wouldn't be our coach. The Fisherillas whined all week and attacked me for speaking the truth. Now they will whine again and speak about that which they do not know. I will not trouble myself with responding. They will learn. I am the all-knowing.

This situation is totally GArY !!!

This has dragged on long enough even before the Final Jeopardy round this week. If they were going to hire Bowles, he would have the job by now. What is their interim coach who went 2-1 for them going to tell them this week that they didn't already know, see or hear him say? Now that Nolan is gone, they probably offer him the DC position.

The love affair with getting Philbin and then somehow getting Flynn because of that hire is freaky. Flynn reminds me of AJ Feely, great in another teams system. The other question mark is the degree of game planning Philbin was responsible for in Green Bay. We know he wasn't usually the play caller. Lots of questions there, and no one gets over the death of their child in a weeks time.

Why wasn't Nolan at least given the common courtesy of a small interview for the HC vacancy? He earned that at least

And Nolan to me seems more qualified than anyone else we interviewed so far..or our so called "short list" we currently have now

Awesome. No time like the present, the disappointment can't get here soon enough.
Maybe they're bringing back Cam Cameron??

Ross is pounding this franchise into the ground and Ireland is just along for the ride. Nice GM right, during any tough time or not he couldn't even crawl out of his rabbit hole to address the media..sounds like a smart, great young GM that Ross described right? NOT

most of the time.......i have never posted before but armando you are strong..good analysis.....good sources..i have been a miami fan since my mother interviewed larry czonka and jim kicck in Oak Hill when i was 12....i am 54 now......keep up the good work i refressh 20 times a day to see what you say.....i dont give credibility lightly

Sounds more like a weak coward to me

Ireland that is...

I would say its between Bowles and Philbin.
Darkoak, I remember that A J Feeley experiment. But if we hire Philbin, and got FLynn, we would run the same system Flynn is used to. Bowles probably would be the best, though,so as to not have to change EVERYTHING.

Let's hire Cameron, Saban, Wanstache, and Henning as our staff...

Bravphin...don't you see..Ross is flushing the toilet here, just not as obvious as the Colts Irsay did today

Hire the Polians, bring in Peyton for two or three years until we can draft a real first round QB

Oh yeah...fire Ireland in the process

Or trade up for RG3, then next year make a few trades to get some picks back...we have to make a splash in this draft..if not same ole same ole...a big fat nothing. No playoffs, no one voted to the pro bowl, no players wanting to play here...you know...just like the Rams and Lions have been for the past two decades...horrible teams.

It's so sad to see my team in this position..I used to get so excited come Sunday to watch my Phins play...now it's not nearly that..this really blows

Mando...what's going on in Miami man!

And watch out Mando...Ross is probably going to try to replace you too...even if he has to purchase the Herald to do it !
Run now.... Run Mando Run

Expose Ross and Ireland Mando, they've got to have dirty laundry...show them as they really are... Dirty Rotten Scoundrels !

I like the idea of staying the course. The team has made bad picks in the second round no doubt but as has been said, we are 5 years out from the start of the major decline. (Saban) The team was in the crapper for Cameron and is just getting back on it's feet.
Bowles is my choice. My choice is stability and staying the course while upgrading players through the draft, trades and free agency.
Ireland has not had the opportunity to get an elite quarterback. The last time I looked the elite quarterback tree did not exist. Sparano was not the guy for Miami.
Bowles has been with this program for a few years and probably has some tweaks and wrinkles that he will add to the program.
As for giving away the farm for a qb. I don't think it is wise. Stuff like that rarely works since the guy you are usually getting has to fit into the players that are there. Better to develop your team.
The team was playing much better towards the end of the season and were in most games this year. It will take a bit longer but I think next year is going to be a much better year.

It starts and it ends with Ross. I am finally giving up, I have defended this fool for long enough blindly, foolishly hoping for the slightest sign of competence, and really there is no point in wasting more of our time analyzing Ross' wild mood swings, lack of planning, disrespect to coaches (Sparano, Nolan), etc, etc.

Now it is all too clear. The reports were true, Zimmer -an Ireland guy- was too blunt, had too much spunk, spoke his mind. Same with Chud -he made the right choice to stay away from this mess last year- known for not being a "yes man", you know the qualities star players, like Cam Newton, actually admire and help building mutual respect.

This team is no longer the fans', we are just part of the package he bought. He does not care one bit. See to him this is a billionaire's toy, a luxury hobby. He transformed our once proud franchise into a mockery, a celebrity filled spectacle. The nightclub, the orange carpet, the actors and singers, the glitter, everything but what a football team should be.

He does not care, he already has what he wanted all along, and the hard truth is that there are just too many die hard fans out there who will still pay the bills. The reason Ireland is still there is because he does anything his lord tells him to, that is why he betrayed his own friend in Sparano, and whether we liked Sparano or not that was a low blow. I get Ireland did it because as Dan LeBatard correctly pointed out the man has a family to feed; perhaps we would all do it. That does not mean the man at the helm, Ross, is the root of all evil inside HIS organization.

Bravo, Mr. Ross, congratulations in a very well done job tanking this franchise and converting it into the league's laughing stock. I hope you keep a smile on your face when you bring your guests over your owners suite with half an empty stadium.

Welcome to Miami, home of the Miami Heat and the Miami Marlins. BTW Mr. Loria your timing was impeccable, with the absence of Ross' team (I refuse to call them the Dolphins anymore) you will be selling a lot of tix.

Doesn't really matter at this point...

Whomever they pick better toss W's on the board or Ireland and the mystery coach will be gone in 3-4 years if the spin cycle stays the same.

I can see a couple scenario's that offer some hope but we are talking very small rays of sunshine.

This Dolphins team needs to be next years San Fran. No one expected what Harbaugh has delivered to date. The trouble is, they have a better team across the board.

I will sit back and watch my Fins and let their play on the field crush any optimism I have or buoy my fan experience as they outperform low expectations.

Cheers,

Only at this rate I don't know if they can outperform low expectations my man. Ross created a dump right in the middle of Miami Gardens unfortunately

I can't believe this is materializing with this franchise and you media punks aren't hammering these guys in the paper. We rely on YOU GUYS to speak on our behalf. LET THEM KNOW THIS IS ACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whomever the new coach is he can be more successful than Sparano right out of the gate just by ensuring the team has the conditioning it needs when the preseason starts rather than finally being in football shape in game #8 of the season.

AS A LIFE LONG FINS FAN I'M SAD TO SEE THAT WE ARE LOOKING SO BAD.

THE ONE THING ARMANDO IS NOT SAYING IS WE NEVER GIVE ANYBODY A CHANCE.

OUR COACH HAD ONLY 3 YEARS.

WHERE'S THE STABLITY IN THAT.

EVEN THOUGH I WAS NOT A FAN HE DESERVED MORE TIME.

CHAD HENNE IS ALSO IS A GOOD QB WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE BUT ARE WE GOING TO LET HIM GROW.

YOU

YES YOU WERE THE SAME ONE SAYING HE WOULD BE GREAT HIS FIRST PRESEASON.

NOW AFTER 2 SEASONS HE'S A BUM.

BRANDON WASN'T WORTH THE 2 SECOND ROUNDS WE GAVE UP?

ARMAMDO

AND HIS CULT OF FOLLOWERS MAKE ME LAUGH.

THEY SEEM TO STAND ON HIS EVERY WORD AND DON'T SEEM TO HAVE A BRAIN OF THIER OWN

AND YOU SEEM TO BEND THE FACTS TO HELP YOUR ARGUMENTS.

FACTS ARE COMPETION IS JUST WHAT IT IS.

SPARANO PLAY CALLING OR HENNING'S SUCKED.

HENNE BEAT OUT MOORE.

I DON'T CARE HOW WELL HE PLAYED WHILE HE WAS IN THERE.

A COACH IS JUST AS RESPONSIBLE AS THE QB.

GREAT QB NO COACH EQUAL A BAD TEAM
SOME MAY USE THE COLTS BUT I THINK THE DUNGY SYSTEM IS STILL IN PLACE.

GREAT COACH OK QB EQUAL

49ers
RAVENS
FALCONS
JETS

I WOULD TAKE HENNE OVER ALL BUT RYAN AT THIS POINT.

ARMANDO SAYS THAT TEBOW SAVED MCCOY?

YEAH PASSING FOR 1000 YARDS IN 12 GAMES WILL MAKE MCCOY LOOK LIKE THE BEST OC EVER.

HOW EASILY WE PLACE TOO MUCH BLAME AND TOO MUCH CREDIT IS TO JUST READ THAT PART OF ARMANDO's STORY.

The Fan base is gone....Thanks Mr.Ross for NUTHIN.....

So this is it? No Zimmer? No Chudzinski? No Carmichael? We settle on an emotional trainwreck (Philbin), an offensive guy who put terrible offenses on the field (McCoy), or someone who has been a part of this trainwreck of a franchise for the past 4 years (Bowles). Wow.....Mr. Ross, I HATE YOU!!!!!

Dear Mr. Salguero

I prepareing myself for our new head coach to be anoited on friday....ala Marshall Herff Applewhite style

I bought a black track suit, black trac running shoes, large doses of Phenobarbital and hard liquor and a scalpel to cut my P-enis off.

I will also be Salguero-ing every day so when the new head coach arrives I will be ready to board his flying saucer to take us to Superbowl heaven.

Join us fellow Phin fans


Cult of the Salguero


Soiled :)

P.S. Gotta admit...I'm gonna miss my penis, but if thats what it takes to get to superbowl heaven I'm all in

Good Piece of work Armando keeping fans up to date. I have not dismissed Bowles as Defensive Coordinator and have thought that Bowles might be offered said position after the Nolan departure. McCoy did not show much as mentioned prior to the Tebow craziness. How does a guy get so hot from a not so great body of work? The other question is what happens to Daboll? Change is not good with OC and a QB that is productive. Which is why I thought Bowles was a great fit but now the Ross has to replace his DC. When one does not really know what their doing they take longer; Ross/Ireland.

Mando,

Why can't you give your opinion? You are constantly giving your opinion even when you don't have all the facts..is that not part of your job as a columnist? Sounds to me that you are afraid, for whatever reason, to tell us how you really feel!

John Elway's rights were traded by the Colts to the Denver Broncos for QB Mark Herrmann, the rights to OL Chris Hinton, and a first-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.

If I'm not mistaken, this trade happened because he didn't want to play in Baltimore.

Could the Fins get Luck or RGIII for Henne and/or Moore, Jake Long and the 2013 1st round pick?

"That's like a woman that marries a man mostly because he's got money.
"

Bad analogy, because you cant always get what you want. People are NEVER perfect in any relationship.

I think it does matter who he can bring. All we been hearing about in the past is "bill cowher and his staff" or what not. So i think you are wrong.

Little surprised you actually had to ask what Philbins mental state was after his son drowned. Really?

How bout you spit out one of your secret team source you hear from a source tidbit on whos our next head coach?

McCarthy was offensive co. for the 4-12 forty niners before going to Green Bay.

"HENNE BEAT OUT MOORE.

I DON'T CARE HOW WELL HE PLAYED WHILE HE WAS IN THERE."

People definitely forget this when assuming Henne will be gone. Moore was riding the bench till Henne got hurt. Moore would have had a hard time those first few games also with bess and marshall leading the nfl in drops

"Even Jake Long is a question going forward thanks to the injuries he has suffered through the past season or two."

More doom and gloom. Long misses the first 2 games of hos career and now hes a question mark?Haha

Does it even matter anymore!! This whole thing is a joke!!

They couldn't let Nolan wait till Friday on the coaching decision.

Keeping him was as important as the new coach!!

Do they really think giving the job to another guy will keep Todd B as DEF Coordinator? What a bunch of dopes!!!

sure you are Armando! just joking it is hard to tell which would be best I would like to keep Bowles around since we have lost nolan maybe he could be dc

I'm with Todd. The whole thing is a joke now. Boycott your ticket buying! Screw Ross and Ireland! They've ruined this team that can now no longer compete. Anything at this point is like bailing water out of the Titanic with a drinking glass.

I wonder what the players even think?

I said it last night on this blog, I would of rather kept every coach, a weak 2012 schedule, and another draft than this disaster!!


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third interviews on friday not announcement

this is the fins

then they will announce daboll as the new head coach

btw, trade this and next years entire draft for luck, ireland will miss on the other pics anyway and daboll will do better as hc than anyone else will without a qb!!

Sell the team and move it to L.A. Ross doesn't know how to make any right decisions when it comes to this team!!!!

Speaking of draft blunders, one of the all-time worst was the Dolphins passing on Drew Brees (who I was sure they would select when he was still there at #26) in 2001, selecting DB Jamar Fletcher, followed by Dave Wannestadt immediately justifying the head-scratcher by saying, "We see Jamar as our nickel back." Nickel back? Who uses a first-round pick on a nickel back? My 6-year-old knows you draft starters in the first round. Fletcher had 8 tackles his rookie year, and started only 12 games in his entire NFL career, which included five different teams. Brees has been just a little better than that. A QB is well worth trading up for. How great does this look:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/mock-drafts/albert-breer/65042

Lifelong Dolphin fan here, have had season tickets forever since the 80's in the Orange Bowl and whatever the name of JOE ROBBIE Stadium is these days (that will never change), but I am done spending my money here! I will watch on TV when I can and follow from the fringe, no more emotional and financial commitment. I will always be a finfan, but while Ross owns this thing he will not have my financial support.

This coaching "search" has done it for me, all my hopes for this once proud franchise are sinking FAST. No Chud, No Carmicheal, No Moss, Not even Nolan Carol gets an interview. Are you kidding me? Really makes you wonder what's really going on here?

NONE of the candidates you are now considering have it, heck Philbin the leading guy has never even called the plays, McCoy has been credited with what? Installing a high school offense? How did he do before Tebow with Orton? Todd Bowles did what here? Develop our secondary? Really? (Ross you might want to see a how a team goes about getting a big name coach/manager, maybe Mickey or of all people Loria can give you a clue)

Guess I will have to check out and focus my attention, money, and loyalty on the Heat who have always cared about their fans and the Marlins who seem to care about fans again this year. C

Ross, please sell! Wish the Robbie Family with Shula, and Marino could somehow get together with some investors (or maybe just Mickey Arison and son) and buy this once proud franchise and restore the dignity it deserves.

Amazingly restoring the pride and winning is not that hard to do. I truly believe we are not that far away from being a contender again with a couple of no brainer decisions on ownerships part such as right HC, OC, DC and a few key draft picks to fill some of the holes.

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