AFC East: Dave Toub

New candidates emerge for Dolphins

January, 16, 2012
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.
Here are the most interesting stories Sunday morning in the AFC East: Morning take: Barring some Tim Tebow magic, the Patriots can expect the Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Pittsburgh is a tough first draw for New England, which has the No. 1 seed.
Morning take: Philbin joins Jeff Fisher, Dave Toub and interim coach Todd Bowles on Miami's list so far. The Dolphins are hoping Fisher chooses Miami next week over St. Louis. If Fisher goes to the Rams, Miami's pool is wide open.
Morning take: I would be surprised if Schottenheimer gets a head-coaching job this year after a poor performance in New York. But an interesting name listed as a potential replacement is former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, who is familiar with the AFC East.
Morning take: Cortez did solid work with Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. It's not the norm for someone to leave the NFL for the CFL, but at least it's for a head-coaching position.

Updating Dolphins' coaching search

January, 4, 2012
Here are some quick news and notes Wednesday on the Miami Dolphins' coaching search:
  • The Dolphins announced that they completed an interview with Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub on Wednesday. Toub is the third coach to interview for Miami's opening, joining Jeff Fisher and interim Dolphins coach Todd Bowles.
  • Also, The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are willing to pay top dollar for Fisher if they're involved in a bidding war. Money may be the best trump card Miami has in trying to land Fisher. The St. Louis Rams reportedly are very interested and could give Fisher the type of organizational setup he's looking for. Miami already has general manager Jeff Ireland in place. It is unknown how Fisher feels about working with Ireland. But any coach would prefer a clean slate and the ability to work with a familiar general manager. That surely was discussed during Fisher's interview on Tuesday.