AFC West: Dolphins hire Philbin

Mike McCoy bypassed in Miami

January, 20, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins' head-coaching hire directly affects two AFC West teams.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins are planning to hire Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as head coach.

Philbin -- who was previously a candidate in Kansas City before the Chiefs promoted interim coach Romeo Crennel to head coach -- beat out Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and former Miami interim coach Todd Bowles for the Dolphins’ job.

McCoy reportedly pulled out of the Oakland search to prepare for a second interview with Miami. Bowles was the first candidate Oakland interviewed last week. Philbin had been considered a potential candidate in Oakland, but he never interviewed.

It will be interesting to see if new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie reschedules his interview with McCoy. McKenzie was not pleased that McCoy backed out with Oakland. Bowles should remain a candidate in Oakland.

This may mean McCoy will stay in Denver unless another opportunity develops.

The Broncos would like to keep him. Quarterback Tim Tebow developed well under McCoy, who is considered one of the bright young offensive minds in the NFL. If a new opportunity for McCoy doesn’t come up this year, McCoy will likely be a hot head-coach candidate next season if the Broncos’ offense doesn’t regress in 2012.

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