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Who will the Miami Dolphins hire as their new coach?

The Sun-Sentinel is already reporting Saban as leaving for Alabama. James Joyner already blogged on that news.

So who will be the next Dolphin head coach? Let’s throw out some name

  • Mike Mularkey- Current Offensive Coordinator of Miami
  • Don Capers- Current Defensive Coordinator
  • Jim Bates- Dolphins interim coach in 2004
  • Dennis Green- Recently fired Arizona Cardinal coach
  • Pete Carroll- USC Head coach and former Jets coach
  • Bill Cowher- Pittsburgh Steeler Head coach and rumored to be quitting
  • Jimmy Johnson- Former Dolphin coach and TV analyst
  • Steve Mariucci
  • Ron Rivera-NFL Asst Coach
  • Rex Ryan- Ditto
  • Mike Shula
  • Bobby Petrino

Let’s sort out the list. I got all these names from either ESPN or The Sun-Sentinel.

Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher- LOL, only in some Star Trek alternate universe would they end up on the Dolphin sideline in 2007.

Mike Shula- Ditto. Shula has an obvious Miami connection and the trade of coaches would be ironic, but it just won’t happen.

Sun-Sentinel readers think otherwise. Last time I looked Shula was polling first.

Ryan, Rivera and almost any NFL asst coach- The ones with playoff teams will be unavailable to interview till their team’s elimination. Which leaves the guys who aren’t coaching playoff teams. If the Dolphins want a present NFL asst not on their staff already, they should wait till after the Super Bowl.

Here’s a longshot Asst possibility- Donnie Henderson formerly of the Jets and Lions, though getting fired by Detroit would look like a resume liability. To me it would be a blessing.

Petrino- Perennial rumor coach. Who knows if the NFL would interest him?

Carroll- See Petrino comment. If I were the Dolphins I’d put out feelers to Carroll.

Dennis Green- I’d like to see him considered for the Dolphin job and said so two days ago.

Mariucci- He’s never impressed me but Miami may give them a look if they want an experienced NFL head coach.

Capers and Mularkey- Capers is a possibility, on the other hand Mularkey’s choice would be about as popular with Dolphin fans as a David Duke speaking offer to the NAACP. Alot of Miami followers blame Mularkey for the team’s offensive woes.

I played High school ball against Mularkey in Broward County in the 1970′s. If we’re going to interview former South Florida former HS gridiron players, we should add U of GA head coach Mark Richt to the list.

Richt as head coach, Mularkey as offensive coordinator. Can I coach special teams?

Jim Bates- An intriguing choice but probably unlikely. Bates was runnerup to Saban at the end of the 2004 season for the Dolphins head coaching job. Alot of Miami fans and players thought Bates should have been given a full-time shot at coaching Miami. He was 3-4 with a team that started 1-8. Another reason for his support, may have been Bates enthusiasm. His sideline manner was hardly dour in his short time as the Dolphins head coach.

Since leaving Miami, Bates was Green Bay defensive coordinator in 2005. I heard on ESPN that he took a sabbatical or leave from football in 2006.

If I were Miami, I’d consider Bates, Green and Carroll.

Cross Posted at Poliblog’s Deportes

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Mike Shula would be funny.

I’d have been a bigger advocate of Green until his meltdown this year.

Posted by James Joyner | January 3, 2007 | 11:48 am | Permalink

Why not Matt Millen? Detroit fans would rejoice! :-)

Posted by Mark | January 3, 2007 | 11:52 am | Permalink

No way to Millen. The Dolphins must have some standards. Lets hire the Detroit asst who was arrested for drunk nude driving instead.

Posted by Bill Jempty | January 3, 2007 | 12:08 pm | Permalink

Dennis Green should not be allowed to coach anymore. Dude can’t decide on a QB — over his tenures as head coach, he’s shifted QBs around faster than a con man moving the cups with the pea underneath. Daunte and Joey and Cleo aren’t exciting enough to create a QB controversy over.

The franchise needs a coach who’s proven that he can build a team from the ground up if necessary. Hard to find. But maybe, just maybe, Tom Coughlin might be a good choice. Unlike a lot of teams, the Dolphins don’t have a lot of primadonna players, and Coughlin is the kind of guy who hates that BS — he only put up with it in New York because it was New York and you can’t be popular there without being a primadonna.

Jim Mora Jr probably would be good — I bet he can gameplan around a traditional rollout QB like Lemon or a pocket passer like Harrington or an occasional runner like Daunte a lot better than he could around the inaccurate, undependable Mike Vick.

Posted by The Former Blogger Formerly Known as Josh Cohen | January 4, 2007 | 08:54 am | Permalink

What About asking Dan Marino to coach, He would be a excellent choice. Dan knows the system and a Ferousis motivator, he has soul.

Posted by John Wimmer | January 10, 2007 | 06:22 pm | Permalink

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