Omar Kelly: Which head coaching candidates make sense for Dolphins?

Every head coach Steve Ross has hired has been a first-timer.

The Miami Dolphins were Joe Philbin, Adam Gase, and Brian Flores’ first head coaching job, and that was intentional because Ross, a real estate mogul who became the majority owner of the Dolphins in 2009, believes in hiring leaders who are young, hungry, and innovative.

But it’s possible that hiring someone with experience under his belt — a coach who has succeeded and failed somewhere else, potentially building a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections — could have helped this franchise get off the mediocrity merry-go-round it has been riding for two decades.

It will be interesting to see the approach Ross and the Dolphins’ hiring committee take with this latest coaching search. Here some names that deserve serious consideration when it comes to replacing Flores as the Dolphins’ next head coach.

Doug Pederson — Pederson, a former NFL quarterback, spent four seasons in Miami as Dan Marino’s backup before working his way up the coaching ranks. He owns a 42-37-1 record in five seasons as the Eagles coach, and led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl win. This soon-to-be 54-year-old sat out this season after being fired by the Eagles, but seems ready to get back into the mix if the right situation, and quarterback comes along.

Dan Quinn — Quinn managed a 43-42 record as the Falcons head coach before being fired in 2000 because of an 0-5 start. This season he joined Dallas and helped the Cowboys develop an aggressive defense that matched their explosive offense. The 51-year-old will be one of the hottest names during this round of head coach hiring’s. Dallas’ playoff run could complicate things for teams that are interested.

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Brian Daboll — He was the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2011, therefore he knows South Florida and this organization. He has also served as Tua Tagovailoa’s play-caller and quarterback coach during Alabama’s national championship run in 2017. He’s responsible for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s ascension into elite status, so maybe he can do it again with Tagovailoa. But some say his personality is a turnoff, and is the reason he hasn’t gotten a chance to become head coach yet.

Eric Bieniemy — Bieniemy’s name gets circulated for jobs every offseason, but the Chiefs offensive coordinator hasn’t impressed a selection committee enough to land him a head coaching job. Part of the issue is the fact that Chiefs coach Andy Reid calls the plays in Kansas City, but there are apparently also concerns about his personality and whether the 52-year-old would be able to lead an organization.

Kellen Moore — Moore, a former Boise State quarterback who worked his way up the Cowboys organization after his playing career concluded, is fresh face newcomer in the neighborhood of head coaching job searches. He has helped Dallas’ offense become one of the NFL’s best during quarterback Dak Prescott’s return, and that might get him a head coaching job this cycle. But does the 33-year-old have the connections and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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