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Ben McAdoo a possibility for OC but not yet

The moment news of Mike Sherman's firing as Dolphins offensive coordinator became public, speculation about his successor started. The name most tied to the vacancy is that of Ben McAdoo, the Green Bay Packers quarterback coach.

And while it makes sense based on ties you'll soon understand, one cannot accuse the Dolphins of acting fast if they have interest. The Dolphins as of this writing had not sought permission to interview McAdoo.

Therefore there is no interview scheduled with McAdoo.

The Cleveland Browns, meanwhile, have received permission to interview McAdoo for their open head coach job, according to the NFL Network and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That will happen Wednesday.

(Yes, McAdoo is out of contract after this season. But as contracts don't expire until March, teams have to get permission to interview McAdoo anyway).

So why has McAdoo's name come up?

Well, he worked with Joe Philbin in Green Bay. He was the tight ends coach while Philbin was on that staff as the offensive coordinator. When Philbin came to the Dolphins to turn the Dolphins into a playoff team around, McAdoo became the quarterback coach for the Packers.

Interestingly, McAdoo, 36, has never been an offensive coordinator. He's never called plays.

So why is he so hot?

He's been compared to Kansas City coach Andy Reid, who rose from Green Bay tight ends coach, to quarterback coach to head coach in Philadelphia.


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It will be interesting as this soap opera unfolds. So the plan going forward as reported is Dawn Aponte will oversee the GM who in turn would have limited power based on Philbin's and Aponte's say so. That should work out real well. I cant think of any current GM type who has anything on the ball coming to the Fins under those conditions. I am ok with a HC hiring his staff, but just the same a good GM would have put the kabosh on hiring a QB coach who never coached, let alone coached QBs, based on "he is the OCs son in law." That hire, prior to even a contract being placed on the table should have been picked up and deposited right into the shredder. Ross, irrespective of who he hires as a GM, should ensure that coaches are hired based on experience and a track record. If Philbin and Aponte disagree, fire them on the spot along with the other coaches and start anew. If not, Ross will end up with a GM who will likely not stay, look at self preservation, and hope another team recognizes the issues the GM had to work through. Ireland may have a been a bust, but at a minimum he recognized where this was headed. And make no mistake, in the close knit community that is the NFL, dont be surprised if other GM candinates lick up the phone and speak to Ireland.

Also, as far as using a first pick for an athelic TE, the Fins have one on their roster. Egnew is that TE. I know, I know and have read what you all have, but given this coaching staff, how much of it can you believe. I think Sherman as an ole timer got a bug up his butt about Egnew and wouldnt it let it go. Heck, even when he was used, he ran his patterns correctly and caught the ball. Too bad he has not gotten the opportunity lessor players under this regime have received. This time around hopefully whom ever is drafting will actually use the draft to plug skme holes and use FA the same way.

Sorry for that double post. Oops. So, while we are on the subject, I would not sign Ben Tate. Too much money, to little return. The coach and new GM, along with Ms Aponte need to decide on what type of offense will be run and what type of defense. Once that is nailed down, you go and get players that fit that system. They need to stop drafting players and then once they report start changing their positions. Too often, the Fins do this and then when it doesnt pan out, the coaches claim the player was no good.

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