Tag:Miami Dolphins
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:25 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Report: Raiders will interview Todd Bowles

Todd Bowles is apparently interviewing in Oakland (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

A day after the Raiders fired Hue Jackson after just one year as head coach, we have our first candidate to potentially replace him.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that person is Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles, who was Tony Sparano’s assistant head coach and secondary coach, led the Dolphins to a 2-1 record in Sparano’s absence (while putting a scare into the Patriots), but he hasn’t gotten much play as the possible permanent replacement (Jeff Fisher can probably be blamed for that).

The reason for the Dolphins’ apparent disinterest might lie in this quote from general manager Jeff Ireland during the Sparano-is-fired presser: "You're looking for the best candidate out there, a guy who has been in the trenches before. You're looking for some of the same qualities I saw in Tony -- a tireless worker, a guy who understands offense and defense. We'll talk about those things as the weeks go by, and exactly what we're looking for, and iron out a plan that best fits what Mr. (Stephen) Ross is looking for."

Considering Bowles has spent his NFL coaching career as a secondary coach, he probably isn’t the fit for Miami, even with his successful three-game stretch running the team. He’s already interviewed for the job, but even if Fisher accepts the Rams position, the next Dolphins coach probably will be somebody other than Bowles.

Which might turn out to be good news for Oakland.

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Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Report: RG3 'informing' Baylor he's going to NFL

Griffin's met with Briles and is reportedly heading to the NFL. (AP)
By Will Brinson

On Sunday during The NFL Today, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported that Baylor quarterback (and second-rated would-be draftee) Robert Griffin III would think over his NFL Draft decision, meet with Baylor coach Art Briles on Tuesday and make a call on whether to go pro or not.

He's reportedly made that call and, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, he's "informing" Briles that he will enter the NFL Draft. Mortensen writes all that's left for the Heisman winner is to pick an agent, which could happen by Tuesday evening.

Briles said earlier Tuesday, via our NFL Draft Scout amigos, that Griffin is "contemplating what he feels like is the thing that's going to give him peace."

2012 NFL Draft

In our most recent 2012 NFL Mock Drafts, Griffin, who is the No. 3-ranked prospect overall in our rankings, went to the Browns in both cases.

When the real draft rolls around, there's a pretty good chance that RG3 wouldn't even last that long; there's plenty of rumors circulating that the Redskins will make a move to leapfrog the Browns for the second- or third-overall pick.

We already know that the Rams are locked in on Sam Bradford and that the Vikings are committed to Christian Ponder as their starter for the future.

That means both teams will be looking to maximize the value out of their respective draft slots, and that could very easily equate to a trade down that involves either the Redskins, the Dolphins, or some other surprise team.

All of this is to say that it makes absolute sense for Griffin to make a leap to the pros now, rather than waiting a year. So it's no surprise to hear that's exactly what he's doing.

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Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:08 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Eye on Football NFL Awards: Week 17

Posted by Will Brinson

Every week, our NFL experts will hand out the Eye on Football hardware to the best of the best from the NFL week that was.

Week 17 NFL Awards
Expert Offense Defense STeams Coach
Freeman  Cruz Broncos  Akers McCarthy
Judge  Flynn  Allen  Akers Coughlin
Prisco  Flynn  Allen Carpenter Coughlin
Brinson  Flynn  Allen Carpenter  Coughlin
Katzowitz  Flynn  Allen  Akers Harbaugh
Wilson  Flynn  Suggs Carpenter  Turner
The NFL's regular season is over. It seems kind of crazy, right? Somehow the lockout was just a few months ago and now we're headed for the playoffs. Whatever, that doesn't stop us from handing out our final regular season Eye on Football Awards of the year.

Matt Flynn wasn't completely a consensus pick for the Eye on Offense Award, but with his performance there's no question he's making some coin in 2012.

Jared Allen can't love his ex-teammate Brett Favre, since he'd have the NFL single-season sack record if Favre hadn't flopped for Michael Strahan. Somehow I doubt the Week 17 Eye on Defense Award will make up for that.

Usually I give tiebreakers to the guy I picked ... and I'm doing it again this week. Dan Carpenter's 58-yarder nudges him past David Akers, despite a touchdown pass, for the Eye on Special Teams Award.

And Tom Coughlin closes out the season with the Eye on Coaching Awards similar to how he closed out his real season: by winning two straight headed into the playoffs.

Leave your votes in the comments below or scream angrily at us on Twitter @EyeOnNFL.

Eye on Offense Award
Mike Freeman Clark Judge
Victor Cruz Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
Big play after big play when the defense knows Eli Manning is going to him. He still produces. He obliterated the Cowboys as he has almost every team he's gone against within the latter part of the year. It's been incredible to watch him become the next great receiving star.
Matt FlynnMatt Flynn, QB, Packers
He's the backup for Green Bay, and he doesn't play much because ... well, because that's what happens when you sit behind Aaron Rodgers. So , when he does get his chance all he does is throw for six touchdowns and set a franchise record with 480 yards passing.
Pete Prisco Will Brinson
Matt Flynn Matt Flynn, QB, Packers
Flynn makes his first start of 2011 and throws for 480 yards and six touchdowns in place of Aaron Rodgers, who the Packers were resting. Wow. He made himself a lot of money.
Matt FlynnMatt Flynn, QB, Packers
Credit the Packers for finding hidden talent (even if Flynn won a BCS title). Flynn's not hidden anymore -- 480 yards and six teeters Sunday against the Lions means Flynn's the head of the class in terms of free-agent QBs heading into the 2012.
Josh Katzowitz Ryan Wilson
Matt FlynnMatt Flynn, QB, Packers
It’s unfortunate for Matthew Stafford that he came up against Flynn, who set Packers club records in passing yards (480) and touchdown passes (six). Flynn was incredible, leading Green Bay to a victory and making himself a ton of money in the process. By playing him this week, GB assured themselves that they’ll lose him in the offseason.
Matt Flynn Matt Flynn, QB, Packers
If nothing else, Flynn's performance on Sunday (480 passing yards and six touchdowns in a win against the Lions) proves that Aaron Rodgers is a system quarterback. So does that mean Flynn deserves to be in the MVP conversation, too?
Eye on Defense Award
Freeman Judge
Von MillerDenver Broncos, DST
This is a team award presented to one of the best and most underrated defenses in football, saddled with a terrible quarterback. The Broncos defense held the KC Chiefs to a touchdown and still lost, 7-3. Denver's defense has actually been one of the great surprises of the season.
Jared Allen Jared Allen, DE, Vikings
He produces 3.5 sacks to finish the season with a league-leading 22, just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record. What I love about Allen is his motor. The Vikings won three games, but this guy never let up and never quit.
Prisco Brinson
Jared AllenJared Allen, DE, Vikings
Allen had 3 1/2 sacks against the Bears, but feel one short of Mike Strahan's single-season record for sacks in a season with 21.5.
Jared AllenJared Allen, DE, Vikings
Allen got his Ginsu on against Chicago's line and nearly broke Michael Strahan's record for 22.5 sacks in a season. His 3.5 on Sunday left him just short but considering Brett Favre's flop and how horrible this Vikings team is, he really deserves it more.
Katzowitz Wilson
Jared AllenJared Allen, DE, Vikings
He was a man possessed as he went for the NFL season sack record, and though he fell a half-sack and a Brett Favre dive short of Michael Strahan’s record, Allen put the exclamation point on the best year of his career, recording 3 ½ sacks against Bears.
Terrell Suggs Terrell Suggs, OLB, Ravens
He had a sack and a forced fumble in a game that a lot of people thought the Ravens would lose. Now they're perfectly positioned for a Super Bowl run and Suggs could be the defensive MVP
Eye on Special Teams Award
Freeman Judge
David AkersDavid Akers, K, 49ers
Lined up for a field goal but it was a fake. Excellent throw by Akers who tossed a touchdown throw to Michael Crabtree. The most amazing thing about Crabtree's throw? He had better form than Tebow.
David Akers David Akers, K, Eagles
He sets the single-season record for field goals one week, then throws a touchdown pass the next -- a touchdown that, oh, by the way, is the difference in the 49ers' game-ending victory. The more I see of Akers the more I wonder Philadelphia gave up on him.
Prisco Brinson
Dan CarpenterDan Carpenter, K, Dolphins
Carpenter made four field goals, one from 58 yards, as the Dolphins beat the Jets to end their playoff chances. Carpenter's 58-yarder was into the wind.
Dan CarpenterDan Carpenter, K, Dolphins
If not for Carpenter, the Dolphins don't send Jason Taylor out the right way and end Rex Ryan's hopes. Carpenter converted field goals after three turnovers (4/4 on the day) including banging home a 58-yarder that was good from 73.
Katzowitz Wilson
David Akers David Akers, K, 49ers
He established the new league record for field goals byfinishing the season with 44, and he threw an awesome TD pass on a fake field goal that helped the 49ers beat the pesky Rams. For his career, Akers is now 2 for 2 passing for 25 yards and a score. With a passer rating of 158.3.
Dan Carpenter Dan Carpenter, K, Dolphins
Carpenter was 4 for 4 on Sunday against the Jets, including a 58-yarder. With his perfect performance, he helped the Dolphins seal the Rex Ryan's fate and finish the season with a 6-10 record (after an 0-7 start).
Eye on Coaching Award
Freeman Judge
Bill BelichickMike McCarthy, HC, Packers
McCarthy lost one game all season. He beat Detroit with Matt Flynn at quarterback. He might have the best offensive system going in football right now. He's the offensive Bill Belichick.
Mike Munchak Tom Coughlin, HC, Giants
For the second straight week he pulls off a huge victory -- this time winning the NFC East with a decisive defeat of Dallas. For weeks, Coughlin was subjected to questions about his job status and the Giants' second-half collapse. Then he produced the season's two most important wins, and, just like that, the questions ended.
Prisco Brinson
Tom CoughlinTom Coughlin, Giants
It was win or go home and he had Coughlin team ready to play against the Cowboys for the NFC East title. Coughlin is good in big games, which bodes well for the playoffs.
Tom CoughlinTom Coughlin, HC, Giants
At this point, I'm rooting for the Giants to run the table, win the Super Bowl (again!) and have Coughlin set his pants on fire at trophy ceremony, just to make the fans happy that his seat is finally hot enough. Great job getting his team ready down the stretch.
Katzowitz Wilson
Jim Schwartz John Harbaugh, HC, Ravens
His brother received so much credit this season, but look at what John pulled off Sunday. He beat the Bengals in Cincy and earned a playoff bye and homefield advantage in the second round. Given how mediocre Baltimore is on the road, that’s one heck of an accomplishment.
Hue Jackson Norv Turner, HC, Chargers
Did he really save his job? Turner and the Chargers beat a Raiders team with everything to play for -- in Oakland, no less. If Turner does return, imagine how good San Diego will be if they ever put together an entire season mistake-free football.

Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:21 pm
 

Jeff Fisher interviewed with Dolphins Tuesday

By Will Brinson

Jeff Fisher is, as our own Mike Freeman wrote recently, the hottest name in coaching this offseason. He's been mentioned in rumors involving the Colts, the Rams, the Buccaneers and he has, without question, interviewed with the Dolphins.

We know because the Dolphins announced it on Tuesday afternoon.

"The Miami Dolphins completed an interview with Fisher today for their vacant head coaching and he is the latest candidate to replace Tony Sparano, who was fired on December 12, 2011," the team said in a statement released by the team. "Interim Head Coach Todd Bowles was the first to interview on Monday."

What the Dolphins didn't say is how the interview went down.

According to reports, Fisher flew on owner Stephen Ross' private helicopter to South Beach, where he was (presumably) wooed with the prospects of running a once-proud Miami franchise.

Additionally, Carl Peterson was involved in the interview as well, according to Dave Hyde of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. Hyde reports that Peterson, not yet affiliated with the Dolphins on a formal basis, "stepped off the helicopter that landed at Dolphins headquarters."

The one problem for the Dolphins in attempting to land Fisher is, according to many reports, the lack of a franchise quarterback in Miami. Fisher reportedly wants to end up somewhere with a top-flight quarterback and unless Miami can pull a surprising trade for a veteran (ahem, Peyton Manning, ahem) or move up from the 8th/9th spot to a top-five pick, it seems pretty unlikely they'll end up with Robert Griffin, III.

Which would make it more difficult for them to end up with Fisher.

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:21 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 8:25 am
 

Chad Henne would 'love' to return to Dolphins

Henne wants another chance to prove he's an NFL starter. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The NFL may be a passing league but it's decidedly short on quality passers. The perception is skewed by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady as well as guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Philip Rivers.

Beyond that there's plenty of uncertainty. It's why the Jets and Broncos could be looking for a quarterback this offseason (never mind what their respective front offices said recently; if the opportunity arises, they're jumping at a chance to improve the position), and it's why players like Chad Henne -- an average NFL QB -- won't have any trouble finding work.

(We talked about Sanchez, Tebow and Henne during Monday's Week 17 recap podcast, conveniently embedded below.)


Henne injured his non-throwing shoulder in October and was placed on injured reserve. Matt Moore took his place in the lineup and the Dolphins played well. After an 0-7 start, they finished 6-10 (we've joked that they're the best 6-10 team in league history). Henne will be a free agent this spring but said Monday that he's willing to return to the Dolphins.

"I'm going to be here until they push me out of here," he said in the team locker room, according to the Palm Beach Post's Brian Biggane.

Henne said that he hopes to talk to management about a new contract but "If not, then I'll move on, but I love this team, I love being down here."

Henne, who underwent shoulder shortly after suffering the injury and has been rehabbing ever since, said he was impressed with how well Moore played under some difficult circumstances.

"Matt stepping in doing a really good job (with) the offense and just making plays out there put a smile on my face," he said.

"You can look at the turnovers, but that was at the end of the game when you had to force the ball. I feel like I can make the big plays at the end. I can do that and I will do that. But it's just more consistency."

Henne, taken in the second round of the 2008 draft, was 13-18 as a starter in Miami. His 79 passer rating through four weeks of the 2011 season was a career best, which confirms that the Dolphins' search for a quarterback to replace Dan Marino (who retired after the 1999 season) continues.

Could Henne eventually be the full-time replacement? Sure. But it's just as likely that Miami's new head coach could look to turn the page on the Tony Sparano regime, and that includes a fresh start at QB. But that doesn't mean Henne won't be employed in short order. His best bet will come as a backup, but in the right situation he could also get another chance to start. (Is he that much different from Sanchez in New York or Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle? Or any number of quarterbacks currently listed atop their respective team's depth chart? No, no and no.)

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:30 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Dolphins gearing up for coaching search

RossBy Josh Katzowitz

While teams have begun making moves on Black Monday to fire their failing coaches, the Dolphins are gearing up to find Tony Sparano’s replacement. Here’s the statement the team released Monday afternoon, in the words of general manager Jeff Ireland.

"Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and provide the best possible result for the franchise.

"That search has begun and there is no designated timetable; it will be conducted in a manner that give us the greatest opportunity to hire the individual we feel is best suited to become the team's head coach. Steve and I are excited to embark on this process, and we are confident that it will result in the selection of an outstanding individual who will return the Dolphins to their long-time status as one of the most successful team in the league."

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:32 am
Edited on: January 2, 2012 9:45 am
 

Report: Pettine has drawn interest in Miami

Mike Pettine has drawn interest from Miami (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

According to the New York Daily News, Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has drawn interest for the Dolphins head coaching job.

Unlike offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and coach Rex Ryan, Pettine’s reputation has remained intact this season, as the Jets ranked 20th in points allowed but only fifth in yards allowed.

Pettine took over the defensive play-calling duties from Ryan this season, but the major blame for the Jets 8-8 season goes to the offense. Therefore, Pettine still is considered an up-and-coming assistant and could have a decent (but not great) chance at landing the Miami gig.

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