Today at about 6:25 Eastern, the Miami Dolphins named Joe Philbin as their head coach after an exhaustive search of interested candidates around the NFL.
The search began with overtures and dalliances with candidates such as Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, and Jeff Fisher. After having a day of interviews with Jeff Fisher two weeks prior and a long waiting period on his decision, he eventually rebuffed Miami and went for an opportunity to have a say in personnel, GM, and staff in St. Louis.
The coaching search for Miami turned to plan B looking at three finalists: Mike McCoy (OC in Denver), Joe Philbin (OC in Green Bay), and Miami interim head coach Todd Bowles.
Miami has chosen Philbin as the coach who will lead the Miami Dolphins into 2012 and beyond.
It has been confirmed by the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero and Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network.
Questions certainly will arise going forward as very interesting and published reports in the Miami Herald via Barry Jackson that Jeff Ireland was for McCoy and Steve Ross was for the older and more experienced Philbin.
Was there a power struggle? Was there a difference of opinion? Does Ross have more power than Ireland?
As of right now, the only thing that matters is that Philbin is the Dolphin’s guy and his staff to support him and the players will be known soon enough.
Next on the Phins Phocus agenda? A possible free agency quarterback and draft talk.