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Sport News | Former Hurricanes assistant to be interviewed for Dolphins head coaching job – The Denver Post

The Miami Dolphins have asked to interview Los Angeles Rams coach Thomas Brown, who knows South Florida well from his three seasons at the University of Miami as Mark Richt’s assistant.

Brown, who was named the Rams’ assistant head coach last offseason — in his second season with the team — is a former NFL defenseman who has spent the past decade rapidly rising through the coaching ranks.

His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs fullback was the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2011.

He spent the next three seasons at three different colleges — Chattanooga, Marshall and Wisconsin — coaching tailbacks before returning to Georgia in 2015, a season before joining Richt in Miami as Hurricanes offensive coordinator and running backs coach. .

Brown left UM to join the South Carolina coaching staff in 2019 and left the college ranks to join the Rams in 2020.

The 35-year-old, who spent two seasons as an NFL player on injured reserve for the Atlanta Falcons and on the Cleveland Browns practice squad in 2009, has never been a head coach.

But league insiders see him as a rising young talent and the latest fruit to be picked from the coaching tree of Sean McVay, who has already produced Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, Bengals coach Zac Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley.

Brown becomes the seventh coaching candidate expected to meet with Dolphins owner Steve Ross, general manager Chris Grier and their search committee about the vacancy created to replace Brian Flores, who was fired Monday at the end of his third season.

Flores, who went 24-25 in his three seasons, was let go due to the Dolphins’ offensive struggles this season and his rocky relationship with Ross, Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, all of whom have paints Flores as a difficult man to work with. with.

The other six known contenders are three offensive coordinators – Brian Daboll of Buffalo, Mike McDaniel of Dallas of San Francisco and Kellen Moore of Dallas – and three defensive coordinators – Vance Joseph of Arizona, Dan Quinn of Dallas and Leslie Frazier of Buffalo.

Joseph, Quinn and Frazier have all served as head coaches in the NFL.

Joseph, who spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, went 11-21 in his two seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Quinn, who also had a brief stint with the Dolphins during the Nick Saban era in 2005-06, produced a 46-44 record in his six seasons with the Falcons. And Frazier compiling a 21-33-1 record with the Minnesota Vikings.

All seven known candidates are in the playoffs and will not be available for interview until early next week.

Ross has looked into hiring promising young talent in his previous search, but the failures of Joe Philbin, Adam Gase and Flores, whom he hired as head coaches for the first time, could encourage the mogul to real estate to move away from his preference.

The Dolphins have one of eight head coaching vacancies, and most teams are vying for the same candidates, so it’s possible Miami will be forced to act quickly. However, the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are also looking for general managers, so the domino may have to fall before hiring a coach.

That leaves Miami competing with the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders, who advance to the playoffs with interim coach Rich Bisaccia as the leader. competing for the best candidates.

Flores is believed to be in the mix for the vacancy of the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.


Sport News | Former Hurricanes assistant to be interviewed for Dolphins head coaching job – The Denver Post

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