Tag:Coaching Rumors
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:28 pm
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Marino: Cowher won't coach; Fins talk to Peterson

Dan Marino doesn't think Bill Cowher will coach in '12. Meanwhile, Miami is reportedly talking to Carl Peterson. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Dolphins fired Tony Sparano Monday. At 4-9, Miami's season is over and owner Stephen Ross decided to part ways now, in mid-December, presumably to get a head start on finding his next coach. One that will either be "a young Don Shula" or an already established big-name veteran of NFL sidelines.

In both cases, the usual suspects were mentioned, from offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) and Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. To Super Bowl winners like Brian Billick, Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden.

On October 30, Cowher, who currently serves as an NFL analyst for CBS' The NFL Today, addressed reports that he had been approached about his interest in the Dolphins gig. "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

On Wednesday, Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback who now works with Cowher at CBS, spoke about his colleague's coaching future.

"I would love to see him be the Dolphins' coach or if he wanted to coach again because that would be great for the NFL, but I don't think his mind-set is that he wants to coach again," Marino told the team's official website (via NFL.com).

"And he may change that over time now, but my feeling is that, you know, he's a pretty straightforward ... guy that tells the -- kind of -- the truth most of the time, I would say -- or no, all the time -- and he said on TV that he doesn't have any plans of coming back, and I believe him."

On Thursday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero sounded similarly pessimistic that Cowher would be coaching in 2012 ("Not necessarily") or for the Dolphins ("I keep hearing from people in NFL circles that he will not.")

And now there are reports that the Dolphins are talking with former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson about joining the organization in an executive position.

“Both want to make it work,” an NFL source said told the Herald's Barry Jackson. “Ross wants more management experience” in the organization.

Also worth mentioning: Peterson has ties to Cowher.

On October 26, seven weeks before Sparano was fired, the Palm Beach Post's Hal Habib wrote about the possibility of Cowher coming to South Beach.
If Cowher believes the time is right -- and Miami dismisses coach Tony Sparano -- it's conceivable that former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson would facilitate a deal with the Dolphins.

Peterson is a business associate and longtime friend of both Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and [former NFL coach Dick] Vermeil. Peterson gave Cowher his first playing contract and helped add Cowher to the Chiefs' coaching staff under Marty Schottenheimer in 1989.

"I know that Carl Peterson has great admiration for Bill Cowher," Vermeil said.
And what would be the Dolphins' fallback plan if they couldn't land Cowher, Gruden or Billick? According to Jackson, it might be LSU coach Les Miles. Except that Miles has already issued a "Thanks, but no thanks" statement.

“He wanted everyone to know that he is not interested in the Miami job,” LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said.

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Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Agent: Jeff Fisher 'will listen to anyone'

By Will Brinson

One of the biggest names in coaching searches -- three, at least, by my count -- this offseason will be former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who's been connected with just about every possible opening and/or potential opening thus far.

Here's some good news for those would-be suitors: Fisher's agent Marvin Demoff says the coach is interested.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald asked Demoff about the opening with the Dolphins (Tony Sparano was canned on Monday) and Demoff said he hadn't spoken to Fisher about the Miami job specifically but said Fisher "will listen to anyone."

Thus far, Fisher's been connected to the Dolphins and Chiefs jobs, and it's entirely possible that Stephen Ross sped up the timeline for dumping Sparano in order to stay abreast of the Chiefs, who fired Todd Haley earlier Monday.

Not that it matters -- teams that appoint an interim coach aren't allowed to hire their full-time coach until the season ends and only after complying with the necessary interviewing guidelines.

Coaching Carousel

"Once the season is concluded, the head coaching position must be considered open and the club must fill the position in accordance with the interviewing guidelines,” NFL VP of Communications Greg Aiello told Jackson.

There was some rumbling on Tuesday that hiring minority interim coaches (Romeo Crennel, Todd Bowles and Mel Tucker are all African-American) would allow the teams in question to circumvent the Rooney Rule. It does not.

But the Jaguars, Chiefs and Dolphins can all talk to potential head-coaching candidates before the end of the season, which means that Fisher will absolutely get a chance to listen over the next couple of weeks.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

Does Miami owner Stephen Ross want a vetern big-name head coach? (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tony Sparano wasn't the next Don Shula. We know this because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, shortly after firing Sparano, that he's looking for the next "young Don Shula."

"We're looking for the best head coach," Ross said. "It's important that the head coach and the general manager be able to work together, so you're not going to find someone who has a conflict to start with. You want to have the time to talk to people so you create that chemistry that's required to create a winning environment."

Ross' public comments indicate that he's leaning toward an up-and-coming assistant, perhaps someone like offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

There's also the possibility that, despite what Ross said about finding the next young Shula, the Dolphins could purse a big-name coach. Like, say, Bill Cowher, who said on October 30, amid reports that he had been contacted by the Dolphins about replacing Sparano: "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

Well, it's December and Cowher might have to repeat himself.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes that "the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross."

And if Cowher's not interested, Jackson says that "Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. … Philadelphia’s Andy Reid likely would be considered if he and the Eagles surprisingly part ways."

So here's what we know: the Dolphins are looking for a head coach between the ages of 35 and 65.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

By Will Brinson

Black Monday isn't usually for a couple of weeks, but it came early for a pair of NFL coaches -- on the heels of Todd Haley getting dumped by the Chiefs, the Dolphins have fired Tony Sparano on Monday, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman confirms.

We noted Monday morning that there were reports Sparano would be let go at the end of the season. It appears that timeline was ramped up, and it's entirely possible that owner Stephen Ross didn't want to fall too far behind other teams in searching for a new head coach.

Sparano, speaking to the media on Monday morning, would not address his job security.

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"No, I want to coach against the Buffalo Bills this week," Sparano said. "I'm going to get ready to coach the Buffalo Bills. That’s my sole focus. Can’t wait to get my team back here and Wednesday and get ready to go."

According to Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network, secondary coach (and Assistant Head Coach) Todd Bowles will take over as interim head coach for the next three weeks in Miami.

And there's an additional twist to the Miami situation emerging, as Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that former Chiefs president Carl Peterson will take over the role of "czar" in the front office, which has been vacant since Bill Parcells departure from Miami. (Peterson has been/is business partners with Ross and is believed to be a link to hiring Bill Cowher in Miami.)

But Peterson tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that ESPN's report of him joining the Dolphins is "inaccurate."


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Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

By Will Brinson

As is tradition, when an NFL coach is "relieved of his duties," like Todd Haley was on Monday, we'll plow through a list of potential candidates to replace said coach.

The Chiefs search is a little different though, because it's widely assumed that Scott Pioli will chase a "Patriots Guy," which is someone with, duh, connections to the Bill Belichick coaching tree. The success of the next Chiefs coach will likely determine whether or not Pioli continues at the helm of the Chiefs, and thus it would be surprising to see him go in a different direction and hire someone he wasn't truly confident could succeed.

Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Romeo Crennel

Crennel's going to be running the team for the final three games of the 2011 season, and it's possible that Scott Pioli would be comfortable with Crennel as the full-time coach going forward. After all, Romeo was the defensive coordinator for championship-caliber teams in New England when Pioli was working for the Patriots, and Crennel's got head-coaching experience with the Browns. That wasn't the most successful tenure, but, hey, neither was Bill Belichick's first gig in Cleveland either.

Josh McDaniels

McDaniels was canned in Denver and took over as Offensive Coordinator for the Rams this past season. His star has fallen mightily from the 6-0 start with the Broncos in 2009 to the 2-10 effort the Rams have put forth so far in 2011 and the regression St. Louis has shown on offense. McDaniels real downfall in Denver, though, was his personnel decisions (although you could argue he made some smart calls after all) and he wouldn't have to worry about that in KC. At the very least, he'll warrant strong consideration as offensive coordinator for his old boss Pioli. (Added bonus: Haley hates him!)

Kirk Ferentz

My buddy Nathan and I have a running joke about how Ferentz is the hottest coaching candidate on the planet every year (seriously: his name gets dropped into every single coaching search at every single level of football)  but never even considers leaving Iowa. This is actually one gig that could truly entice him to make the jump to the NFL, though, as he and Pioli go way back to the early 90's when they worked together in Cleveland and Baltimore. Plus, you never know -- he could be the AFC's version of Jim Harbaugh!

Jeff Fisher

Fisher's going to be one of the hotter names in most coaching searches this offseason, because of all the success he had in Tennessee, and the fact that he ultimately just left because he and Bud Adams couldn't really agree on Vince Young. Or something. The Chiefs have a lot of cap room and their roster actually resembles the construction of his Titans teams the last few years he was there.

Bill Cowher

Little-known fact about all NFL coaching searches: you must include Cowher's name or else it's not complete. Also, Cowher coached in Kansas City for two years and apparently loves it there. So I'm changing my tune from earlier when I didn't include Cowher. I still don't think he's the answer here, though, because Pioli isn't going to just hand over a pile of player-personnel power to Cowher and it's widely believed that's something he'll require.

Rob Ryan

Ryan's refusal to cut his hair and stop running his mouth prior to games has hurt his reputation as a strong candidate to succeed at the head-coaching level, but he's done good work with the Cowboys defense this season and his track record as a defensive coach is pretty damn impressive. He also worked for the Patriots (linebackers coach for three years) and given how much Rex Ryan's succeeded in New York, it's hard to ignore the possibility of success by the other sibling. On the other hand, given the tenuous nature of Pioli's relationship with the fiery Todd Haley, he may want to avoid a big personality with this hire.

Brian Daboll

Daboll was brought to the Dolphins in 2011 to revamp the Fins offense, and while Miami isn't the most high-powered offense in the NFL, the rejuvenation of Reggie Bush and the late-season success of Matt Moore is impressive. Daboll's offenses haven't ever finished in the top half of the NFL -- he was quarterbacks coach of the Jets in 2007 and 2008 and offensive coordinator of the Browns in 2009 and 2010 -- but he hasn't exactly been working with the same personnel you might find on the 1999 Rams or anything. No head coaching experience probably makes this a dealbreaker, but he could warrant consideration as an assistant.

Eric Mangini

But, no, seriously. Mangini's been known to have interest in returning to the NFL and as recently the past month he's been rumored as someone who might come in as a consultant for various teams. He's currently working for ESPN (and is actually doing a fantastic job, in my humble opinion), and may have burned bridges with comments he made about the Patriots while working as the Jets head coach. But people forget he did a pretty good job there of rebuilding the Gang Green before struggling in a rebuild job in Cleveland.

Pat Hill

Hill, the recently-fired Fresno State coach, is a bit of a darkhorse, especially since "getting fired by a non-BCS school where you've been since 1997" isn't usually the career step taken before "getting hired to take over an NFL team." But again, he's part of the Belichick tree, so it's impossible to count him out completely.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

By Will Brinson



Todd Haley was one of the coaches we listed under our "Hot Seat Tracker" in Monday's "Sorting the Sunday Pile." He won't be on the list next week. As of Monday morning Haley was "relieved of his duties" as head coach by the Chiefs.

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That's according to the Chiefs on the team's official website.

"This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd’s contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future."

Haley won the AFC West in 2010, but only posted a 19-27 record in his three years in KC. And the Chiefs struggled mightily in 2011, at times looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL.

"Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions," Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli said. "Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time."

The Chiefs didn't name an interim coach in their announcement, but two guys on the coaching staff -- Jim Zorn and Romeo Crennel -- have held head-coaching positions in the past few years. (Crennel ran the Browns; Zorn the Redskins. Neither was particularly successful.) Multiple reports indicate that Crennel was tagged with the interim label by the front office.

[Related: Who Will Replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?]

Haley's firing comes after the Chiefs traveled to New York and got throttled 37-10 by the Jets; the lowlight of this beatdown was Ryan Succop's three-yard onsides kick fail. But even with their struggles, the Chiefs showed signs of life at various times during the 2011 season.

Additionally, the number of injuries to key players -- Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry are all on IR -- is an example of what a difficult task Haley had in replicating his success this season.

But perhaps all that simply underscores the fact that Haley and Pioli didn't get along; Pioli hired Haley three years ago, but with the availability of potential Patriot-style head coaches (Josh McDaniels anyone?), Pioli probably felt more comfortable hitting the reset button.


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Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:59 am
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

By Will Brinson

The Dolphins lost to the Eagles on Sunday, falling 26-10 in South Beach for just their second loss in the last six games. But the effort reportedly won't be enough, as there are rumblings out of Miami that Sparano will still be fired at the end of the year.

That's according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, who reported on Sunday afternoon that as of right now, Sparano is out at the end of the season, though GM Jeff Ireland is currently slated to stay on with the franchise.

Per Salguero, the team is "adamant no final decision has been made" regarding Sparano's future, but the reality is that they do intend to let the coach go following the season.

The logic behind canning Sparano and keeping Ireland is pretty obvious: owner Stephen Ross believes the roster's chock-full of talent (thanks to Ireland's assembly) but has been underachieving (thanks to Sparano's coaching).

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What's interesting about this, though, is that if Ross truly wants to chase a big-name coach in the offseason, he may face an issue with personnel control. It's believed that Ross would love to land either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden in Miami, but both guys might demand more personnel control than what's offered if the team's under Ireland's control.

There are plenty of other candidates out there that won't demand control over what players are on the roster, of course, so it's not like Ross can't land a good candidate this offseason, provided he knows what he's looking for.

The real key may be whether or not Ireland believes that Matt Moore is the quarterback of the future as that will change the way Miami approaches the draft and free agency with respect to the availability of signal callers.

And, of course, if they think Moore's the guy, he actually needs to be the guy.


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Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Coaching hot seat adding names down the stretch

The question now: who will replace Norv? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Norv Turner's days in San Diego are numbered. We've heard nothing official from Chargers owner Dean Spanos, but between another underwhelming season (this one includes a six-game losing streak) and the near-daily rumors about Turner's demise, it doesn't take Norman Einstein to make the logical jump that San Diego will be looking for a new coach the moment the season ends.

The biggest question is whether general manager A.J. Smith will be relieved of his duties, too. And that decision could determine who replaces Turner. During NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that a) Turner is as good as gone (not news) and b) A-list coaches like Jeff Fisher and Bill Cowher would have interest in the job … but only if Smith is out (news).

"Remember, Cowher's mentor is Marty Schottenheimer who went 14-2 and lost a power struggle with A.J. Smith," La Canfora said. "Jeff Fisher, I'm told, would have some reservations working with Smith. So if [the Chargers] want the kind of coach that they may desire, then they may have to blow up everything to get him."

Other coaches on the hot seat heading into the final five weeks of the season (via La Canfora):

* Norv Turner (4-7)
* Steve Spagnuolo (2-9)
* Jim Caldwell (0-11)
* Tony Sparano (3-8)
* Todd Haley (4-7)
* Tom Coughlin (6-5)
* Andy Reid (4-8)
* Raheem Morris (4-7)
* Leslie Frazier (2-9)

La Canfora "doesn't really see a scenario where" Turner, Spagnuolo and Caldwell are back next season. He also mentions that Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli "always hires within his family tree," one which includes Kirk Ferentz and Josh McDaniels.

Regarding Jacksonville's job opening: "Mike Sherman was contacted by the Jags before they fired Jack Del Rio. He was at A&M at that point. Texas A&M has since let him go. Mike Sherman, Jay Gruden, Brian Schottenheimer -- names to watch in connection to that Jacksonville job."

Most amazing: no one's talking about Mike Shanahan's job security.

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