What to know about the seven Dolphins coach candidates they interview – The Denver Post
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As of Friday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins had seven head coach candidates they are known to be interviewing for.
The job became vacant Monday morning when the Dolphins announced the surprising sacking of ex-coach Brian Flores. Flores had just finished back-to-back winning seasons after exceeding expectations in his first year at the helm in Miami, going 5-11 with a list devoid of NFL-caliber talent. He’s gone 24-25 in three seasons.
Of the seven known targets, four have an offensive past and three defensive. Six are the current NFL coordinators. The three with a defensive roster also have head coaching experience, and three of the six have already made a save with the Dolphins, two as a coordinator.
Flores, whose owner Steve Ross did not feel well communicated within the organization, has since been reported to have landed an interview with the Chicago Bears for their coaching job and is among the names mooted for the role of chief. of the Houston Texans.
Here are the coaches, in alphabetical order, and the key things to know about each candidate:
Thomas Brown, Rams assistant head coach/running backs coach
Brown knows South Florida well, having spent three seasons at the University of Miami as Mark Richt’s assistant. He is the latest addition to the roster following news on Friday that the Dolphins were requesting an interview with him.
Brown, 35, who was named assistant head coach of the Los Angeles Rams last offseason, is a former NFL guard who has spent the past decade rapidly rising through the coaching ranks. While he had a coordinator title at UM, he did not call games for the Hurricanes as Richt handled those duties on his own. Brown also hasn’t called any games at the NFL level.
His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs tailback 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 the 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.
Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator
Daboll has ties to the Dolphins and to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He was offensive coordinator in Miami in 2011, his last year at the helm of Tony Sparano. He served the same role, with quarterbacks coach, for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2017, Tagovailoa’s freshman season when he was a substitute for most of the year before replacing starter Jalen Hurts. in the title game and lead a comeback against Georgia for an overtime victory. .
In his current role with the Bills, he was instrumental in the development of quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll arrived in Buffalo in 2018, when the team drafted Allen with the No.7 pick. Under Daboll, Allen made a huge Pro Bowl jump in his third season, 2020, when Daboll also won the AP award. NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.
Daboll’s other coordinator saves are with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and the Cleveland Browns (2009-10). Like Flores, he’s also a member of Bill Belichick’s coaching tree. He made his NFL debut as a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots in 2000. Between that experience and his time as the wide receivers coach from 2002 to 2006, he was part of the first series of three Patriots Super Bowls in four seasons under Belichick. He then returned as a tight ends coach in New England from 2013 to 2016, winning two more Super Bowls to bring his total to five. The Bears have also asked to interview Daboll.
Leslie Frazier, Bills defensive coordinator
If the Dolphins want to go the route of hiring someone who already has NFL head coaching experience, Frazier is an option. He is the latest to be flagged as a target in Miami for the vacant post after Wednesday night’s news surfaced.
Frazier, 62, was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013, compiling a 21-33-1 record, including the playoffs. He served as interim head coach of Minnesota to end the 2010 season, then retained his full-time position. Frazier also served as defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Vikings (2007-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04). He served as the defensive back coach and assistant head coach of Tony Dungy on the 2006 Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts, and also served in assistant positions with the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.
As a player, he also won a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1985. The defensive back recorded 20 interceptions during his five-year playing career, from 1981 to 1985, which were cut short due to ‘a knee injury suffered during that Super Bowl. Frazier’s defensive patterns have dominated the Dolphins in recent encounters, with Tagovailoa having had some of his worst outings against Buffalo. The Bears have also asked to interview Frazier.
Vance Joseph, Cardinals defensive coordinator
Another former head coach of the peloton is Joseph, 49, who was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2016. He helmed the Denver Broncos in 2017 and 2018 and was 11-21.
His only season in Miami was the first of the Adam Gase era and the last time the Dolphins reached the playoffs. Joseph’s defense that year was critical in Miami’s run to the playoffs. This landed him the job in Denver, and after his brief stint with the Broncos, he returned to defense training in Arizona.
Prior to his first role as NFL coordinator with the Dolphins, he coached defensive backs for the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-15), Houston Texans (2011-13) and San Francisco 49ers (2006-10). Joseph played two seasons in the NFL as a defensive back (1995-96) after playing on offense at the University of Colorado. The dolphins are the only known interview request for Joseph.
Mike McDaniel, 49ers offensive coordinator
McDaniel, 38, is one of three candidates under 40. He’s a Yale graduate with a long-standing connection to San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan. McDaniel is ending his first season as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator – although Shanahan calls games – after serving as the team’s running coordinator since 2017, when Shanahan first got the job in San Francisco. The 49ers’ running game was the strength of their offense when they qualified for the Super Bowl in 2019 and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.
This is the second consecutive offseason that the Dolphins have chased McDaniel. He was interviewed for the Miami opener as offensive coordinator last January, which was ultimately handed over to co-coordinators George Godsey and Eric Studesville after Chan Gailey left.
McDaniel was also an offensive assistant in 2015 and 2016 with the Atlanta Falcons when Shanahan was offensive coordinator there, also reaching a Super Bowl won by the Patriots. McDaniel was also under Shanahan during his stints as offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns and Washington, serving as a wide receiver coach and offensive assistant dating back to when he first reached the NFL in 2011. .
Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator
If there’s one coach Tagovailoa could relate to the most, it’s Moore, who was the last left-handed quarterback to debut in the NFL before Tagovailoa. Moore, 33, was an undrafted quarterback replacement with the Detroit Cowboys and Lions after a busy career at Boise State, where he went 50-3 from 2008-2011.
Soon after retiring from quarterback, Moore moved on to coach, first as a quarterback coach for the Cowboys. After a season in that role, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and calling player starting in 2019. Even though the Cowboys have changed coaches from Jason Garrett to Mike McCarthy, McCarthy has retained Moore.
The Dallas offense has climbed to number one in points and total yards this season. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott called him a “genius freak.” Moore, who would become the youngest active NFL head coach if he lands such a role this offseason, has also been called upon by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.
Dan Quinn, Cowboys Defensive Coordinator
The candidate with the most coaching experience and the most success as a head coach among interview requests is Quinn, 51. He was at the helm of the Falcons from 2015-2020 and the leader of the franchise when he blew the Patriots’ Super Bowl 28-3 lead with Shanahan and McDaniel on the staff. He is 46-44, including the playoffs, as a head coach.
Coordinating the Cowboys’ defense this season, Quinn served as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks’ towering “Legion of Boom” defense in 2013 and 2014, winning a Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos and losing in the big game of the year. next against New England. While there is a lot to like about Quinn, he lost to the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl – one in historic fashion – after the Dolphins just fired a coach who was numbered for the Patriots, with a record of 4. -2 against the rival of the division in three years. In Miami.
Quinn also coached the defensive line in Miami during Nick Saban’s two seasons at the helm of the Dolphins (2005-06). Other previous stops: University of Florida Defensive Coordinator (2011-12), Seahawks Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach (2009-10), Jets Defensive Line Coach (2007-08) and Coach from the 49ers defensive line (2003-04). The Bears and Broncos are others asking for an interview with Quinn.
What to know about the seven Dolphins coach candidates they interview – The Denver Post
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