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Monday, January 16, 2012
New candidates emerge for Dolphins

By James Walker

It's been a rough week for the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Jeff Fisher recently spurned Miami for the St. Louis Rams, but this weekend's playoff games provided good news.

Losses by the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints help the Dolphins speed up their coaching search this week. Miami already is interviewing Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday.

Miami previously interviewed Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and might want to speak to him again. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would prefer an offensive coach who can put an exciting product on the field. The same goes for Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, who might draw some interest. Both Philbin and Carmichael had two of the NFL's most explosive offenses this season.

McCoy is generating a lot of buzz in NFL circles after doing the best with what he had in Denver. He used quarterback Tim Tebow in a read-option offense, won the AFC West and advanced to the divisional round.

It seems likely that Ross will hire from the NFL assistant ranks. Other than Fisher, Miami interviewed Philbin, Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.