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Ireland statement: 'Search has begun'

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland released a statement through the team relative to the kickoff the Dolphins search for a coach.

It reads:

"Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidtes for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and provide the best possible result for the franchise.

"That search has begun and there is no designated timetable; it will be conducted in a manner that give us the greatest opportunity to hire the individual we feel is best suited to become the team's head coach. Steve and I are excited to embark on this process, and we are confident that it will result in the selection of an outstanding individual who will return the Dolphins to their long-time status as one of the most successful team in the league."

The Dolphins did not make Todd Bowles available to the media today. They may get fined by the NFL for that but they did it, I'm told, to prevent putting Bowles in a tough situation of fielding questions he has no answers for.

The club also announced it will release the names of coaching candidates interviewed after the process is over as long as A. the candidate agrees. B. The team agrees.

Sounds redundant that Miami would have to agree to its own policy if the candidate already has agreed but, hey, it's the Dolphins. Don't ask me to explain their logic.

The Dolphins last announced names of coaching candidates just before Cam Cameron was hired. Once upon a time, they announced names of general managers interviewed and made them available to the media, going back to the Rick Spielman era.