I promised surprises. Here's a surprise:
The Miami Dolphins are in talks with their first head coach search candidate as we speak, one day after concluding their season. The team is today meeting with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith.
The Dolphins are not confirming this interview. The club's policy is to not discuss interviews until they are completed.
Smith, 56, was with the Falcons from 2008-14 and he compiled a 66-46 record (.589) and went to the playoffs four times in those seven seasons. The Falcons were 13-3 in 2012 and Smith was named the Sporting News Coach of the Year.
Smith did not coach in 2014 and so he was able to interview even before the season ended.
Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum today said Miami's search will span all quarters, meaning there is not specific type of coach -- hot coordinator, college coach, experienced former coach -- the Dolphins will look at.
Tannenbaum simply said he wants "the best coach" for the job.
Smith is the first guy to fit that possibility.