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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Will Joe Philbin's status impact OC search?

By James Walker

After some nervous moments following a late-season collapse, all indications are that head coach Joe Philbin is safe for another season with the Miami Dolphins. Philbin is 15-17 in Miami and will enter a crucial Year 3 to implement his program.

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But what does Philbin’s status means for Miami’s search to hire a new offensive coordinator to replace Mike Sherman? The 2014 season is setting up to be a make-or-break year for Philbin, and that will ultimately impact the quality of candidates he can bring to his staff.

Top candidates such as Gary Kubiak, Norv Turner and Rob Chudzinski will be hot commodities around the NFL. These top names will have options, and might be able to do better than what Miami is offering. In the cases of Chudzinski and Kubiak, in particular, both former head coaches also are being paid handsomely by their former employers next season. They can wait for the ideal situation.

The NFL Network also is reporting that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo will be interviewing for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position. McAdoo is another possibility for Miami. But if he becomes a hot name, that will make it tough for the Dolphins.

It’s no secret the Dolphins could clean house if things don’t go well next season. Coaches around the league are aware of it.

That might force Miami to dig deeper beneath the surface to find its next offensive coordinator.