|Whether it's Cowher or T.D., things can't get any worse in Miami. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Things that should surprise no one: the Dolphins would very much like to be in the Bill Cowher business in the near future.
"According to a source with knowledge of the situation," CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Tuesday, "intermediaries for the Miami Dolphins have contacted people close to Cowher about coaching the team."
This is what happens when you start the season 0-6. Never mind that owner Stephen Ross tried to get Jim Harbaugh to take the Miami job in the offseason only to have Harbaugh him end up with the 49ers (and worse: San Francisco is 5-1). And instead of firing Tony Sparano, Ross gave him a contract extension and brought him back.
But one way or the other, Sparano's tenure ends this season. The only question is when.
On Friday, sources told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Ross had been in contact with Cowher's agent about the Dolphins gig, but noted that "Cowher … told his agent and others concerned that he absolutely will not speak with any team that does not have a head coaching vacancy."
(This is basically what Freeman said earlier this week: "Now, everyone will deny this because no one wants to admit they are looking to fill a job that's already filled. In this case, the job of Tony Sparano. The Dolphins issued a statement to CBSSports.com declining comment.")
One solution: fire Sparano now and get down to the business of luring Cowher away from his NFL analyst job at CBS. One problem: Cowher has no plans to take a job during the season, though getting rid of Sparano now could give the Dolphins a head start on the recruitment process. (And let's be honest: Ross could name T.D. the interim coach and he couldn't do any worse than going winless.)
Last year, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Cowher said "I am not going to go back into coaching, just to go back into coaching. It has to be the right situation. And I don't know what the right situation consists of."
No idea if the Dolphins are the right situation. Part of that will likely depend on other job openings around the league and, of course, how much Ross is willing to shell out to get Cowher to South Beach.
The Miami Dolphins are still searching for their first win as they prepare to take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this matchup. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.
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