Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Groh officially meets with Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins interviewed Al Groh on Wednesday for their defensive coordinator opening, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Shefter adds the Dolphins would like to have the job filled by the end of the week.
The interview was expected to take place because of Groh's long and successful association with Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells. Groh and Parcells were neophyte coaches at Army. Groh then served on Parcells' staffs at Air Force and with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets.
When I spoke with Groh on Monday night, he claimed he hadn't been contacted yet by the Dolphins, who fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni earlier that day.
But Groh sounded ready to rejoin his old boss.
"I've done it five times," Groh told me. "Some people would say that I'm nuts. Some people would say that I'm fortunate. So, having done it five times already, yeah, obviously, there's a track record there."
Parcells handpicked Groh to succeed him as head coach of the Jets in 2000. Groh stepped down after one year to become head coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia. He ran the program for nine seasons until getting fired in November.
"I have a criteria, and it starts with the people that are involved," Groh said. "Obviously, I've been very fortunate to have been associated with Bill Parcells for many years."
Multiple outlets have reported the Dolphins also will interview Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler for the defensive coordinator opening.