Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Marino would 'love' Bill Cowher in Miami
By James Walker
The good news is former Miami Dolphins quarterback and Hall of Famer Dan Marino is influential in Miami and wants Bill Cowher to be the team's next head coach.
The bad news is Marino, who works closely with Cowher as a fellow CBS football analyst, doesn't think it will happen.
"I would love to see (Bill Cowher) be the Dolphins coach or if he wanted to coach again because that would be great for the NFL,” Marino told Dolphins.com on Wednesday. "But I don't think his mindset is that he wants to coach again. And he may change that over time but my feeling is that he's a pretty straightforward guy that tells the truth all the time and he said on TV that he doesn't have any plans to come back (to coach) and I believe him."
The Dolphins fired former head coach Tony Sparano Monday after a 4-9 record and securing his third consecutive losing season. Owner Stephen Ross has deep pockets and wants to make a splash. So there's been a lot of speculation that Miami will go after the big names, such as Cowher and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.
But getting an "A-list" coach could be an issue.
The Dolphins didn't handle the Sparano situation well and that will not look good among the coaching community. Miami also plans to retain general manager Jeff Ireland, doesn't have a franchise quarterback and has to compete with winning programs like the New England Patriots and New York Jets in the AFC East. Top coaching candidates may see other jobs around the league as more attractive.