Mike Sherman is out as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator. But who is coming in?
The Dolphins will be going through an extensive interview process over the next several days. Here is an early list of candidates to keep an eye on:
1. Ben McAdoo, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach
Pros: McAdoo has been on Miami’s radar for quite some time. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who worked in Green Bay, had interest in McAdoo joining his staff in Miami two years. But McAdoo stayed in Green Bay and was promoted internally from tight ends coach to quarterbacks coach. The Dolphins’ offensive coordinator position could lure McAdoo to Miami. McAdoo also comes from a West Coast offense in Green Bay, which is similar to Philbin’s philosophy. Keeping a West Coast scheme could make sense for continuity.
Cons: McAdoo has no experience as an offensive coordinator. He only has two seasons under his belt as a quarterbacks coach. The 2014 season could be a make-or-break year for Philbin and a lot of people in Miami. It would be risky putting the entire offense in the hands of a first-year coordinator.
2. Rob Chudzinski
Pros: Chudzinski, who was surprisingly fired by the Cleveland Browns after just one season as head coach, has done well as an offensive coordinator. Most think Chudzinski did a good job with the Carolina Panthers and could add punch to Miami’s offense. Chudzinski also has strong ties to South Florida. He coached various positions at the University of Miami from 1994-2003.
Cons: Chudzinski does not run a West Coast offense. That would require the Dolphins to learn an entirely new offensive scheme in an important year for both Philbin and second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
3. Norv Turner
Pros: Turner was on the same staff in Cleveland under Chudzinski. He is a proven offensive coordinator and even had a stint at that position with the Dolphins from 2002-2003. Turner brings the experience needed to an otherwise inexperienced staff. Turner also had head-coach experience and could help Philbin along in a big third season.
Cons: Similar to Chudzinski, Turner does not run a West Coast offense. Turner runs a numbers system made famous by Don Coreyell. That would require Miami to learn a new offense in an important year. Turner also is under contract with Cleveland. Although that is expected to change, Miami may want to move fast to fill its position.
4. Hue Jackson, Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach
Pros: Jackson has been successful at every stop, with the exception of his stint as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Jackson comes from a West Coast tree, which could factor in heavily. He’s an aggressive play caller who gets the most out of his players. Jackson also has a good track record with young quarterbacks, which is key for Tannehill.
Cons: Despite various positions, Jackson hasn’t been an offensive coordinator for more than one season at a time in the NFL. Jackson was an OC for three teams: Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders. Each time, Jackson held the position for one year.
5. Gary Kubiak
Pros: Kubiak was very successful as a longtime coordinator with the Denver Broncos. His West Coast offense in Denver was among the top units for a long time. Eventually that got him a head-coaching job with the Houston Texans. He was fired after eight seasons.
Cons: Health could be an issue after Kubiak passed out last season during a November game against the Indianapolis Colts. He may take the year off to get healthier or hold out for better offers. Kubiak’s recent head-coaching experience also could provide a tense situation, considering Philbin is in a must-win year.