Monday, January 2, 2012
Schefter: Dolphins to interview Jeff Fisher
By James Walker
Miami Dolphins are prepared to make their best pitch to one of the top coaching candidates on the open market. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher will interview with the Dolphins this week.
Fisher getting an interview this early confirms my prediction that he's a top target for Miami. The Dolphins would prefer a veteran coach who can make a splash, and Fisher has that name recognition. He's been to a Super Bowl and built the Titans into a perennial playoff contender.
But landing Fisher won't be easy. Miami owner Stephen Ross has deep pockets, which helps. But Miami's opening isn't all that attractive to top candidates.
The new coach has to work under general manager Jeff Ireland, who will call the shots in Miami. Ireland and former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano had their issues, and Miami will have to convince Fisher that he can work with Ireland. In contrast, other teams may allow Fisher to bring in his own general manager that he's more familiar with.
There is no chance of Miami landing Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. Therefore, Fisher would be the best-case scenario. Miami is starting top shelf and will work its way down. If Miami can't land Fisher, the team may go to the route of assistant coaches.
(Update: The Dolphins also announced that they interviewed interim coach Todd Bowles on Monday. Bowles was 2-1 after replacing former coach Tony Sparano. This interview also satisfies the Rooney Rule.)