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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Philbin's job security impacting OC search?

By James Walker

The Miami Dolphins reportedly lost two of their top offensive coordinator candidates on Tuesday. Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was named offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, and former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo also agreed to become offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

(Update: Various reports stating Lazor will be hired by the Lions were incorrect. The Dolphins agreed to terms with Lazor on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.) 

So what's next for Miami? The team is simultaneously searching for an offensive coordinator and general manager. By all indications, the GM search is progressing well. However, the search for Miami's next offensive coordinator has stalled.

It appears the job security of head coach Joe Philbin is impacting Miami's search to find its next offensive coordinator. Philbin is 15-17 in two seasons with the Dolphins and entering a make-or-break Year 3. Miami's next general manager will want to bring in their own head coach if things do not work out in 2014.

The Dolphins also are looking for a coach who uses the West Coast offense. That is the scheme Philbin trusts, but it lowers Miami's pool of candidates. For example, other top names such as Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski teach different offenses and haven't interviewed with the Dolphins.