Newest inside data on Vance Joseph, Brian Daboll, Mike McDaniel, and others
In case you’ve been following the Miami Dolphins’ head coach search, you’ll know that Vance Joseph, the previous Denver Broncos head coach and present Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator, is a candidate for the job. And from what PFN has heard from these in league circles, he’s a official choice to take over in Miami.
Nevertheless, there are a number of caveats to that. Most notably: There could also be a distinction of opinion on Joseph between some Dolphins decision-makers concerned within the head coach search. Moreover, different candidates are being thought of, together with Brian Daboll and Dan Quinn, however early indications are that every could also be leaning in one other path aside from Miami.
Brian Daboll a number one candidate for the Dolphins’ head coach place
Whereas the Dolphins have been deliberately leak-free all through their search course of — one supply informed us that Grier wasn’t returning cellphone calls, which was out of character — PFN has been capable of collect some intel from these on the surface.
Initially of the Dolphins’ head coach search, PFN was informed by a supply near the scenario that Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross needs it to work with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and hopes the brand new head coach will maximize his expertise. Thus, that supply believed that Brian Daboll, the Payments’ offensive coordinator, can be a prime candidate.
One supply near the New York Giants’ teaching search informed us that Daboll would select between the Giants and the Dolphins. Whereas some near Daboll consider he would lean Miami to reunite with Tua, one other supply informed PFN that Daboll is conflicted as a result of he would probably obtain a greater provide from the Giants and has some considerations about Tua’s ceiling within the NFL.
Daboll labored with Tua at Alabama in 2017 when he served because the offensive coordinator and when Tua was a freshman. Daboll doesn’t have a lot sport expertise with Tua — Tagovailoa appeared in eight video games, throwing for 636 yards that 12 months — however the longtime NFL assistant has seen him up shut within the AFC East.
Might Mike McDaniel be an out-of-the-box rent?
The identical considering that has made Daboll is a prime candidate in Miami is why San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel has been within the dialog.
Many have been rooting for the Dolphins to rent McDaniels as Brian Flores’ alternative, citing his youth, vitality, and skill to maximise the expertise on the offensive facet of the ball. In addition they level to him being an integral a part of an explosive offense that ranked seventh within the NFL in whole yards and thirteenth in whole factors.
And whereas 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is closely concerned with the offense, many in league circles credit score McDaniel for his inventive play designs and skill to place gamers in the very best place to succeed. Simply how necessary is that to Shanahan and the 49ers?
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One supply informed PFN when requested if McDaniel can be allowed to make a lateral transfer to a different workforce (however with play-calling duties) that Shanahan would by no means enable it as a result of he’s too precious and necessary for what they do day-to-day and on sport day.
So, is he a official choice for Miami? Based on flight information for an plane owned by Associated Corporations (which is owned by Ross), the airplane was parked at San Jose Worldwide Airport, which is simply down the street from the 49ers coaching facility.
Was it to speak to McDaniels in particular person, different candidates, or just a enterprise journey? PFN has not been capable of affirm. Nevertheless, what we will affirm after speaking to a supply is that McDaniel interviewed properly and there seems to be a split-decision on him between these concerned within the interview course of.
Is Vance Joseph a critical candidate for the Dolphins’ prime job?
If the Dolphins don’t rent an offensive coach, PFN was informed that Dolphins’ common supervisor Chris Grier prefers Quinn and Joseph — significantly if head teaching expertise is a prime standards.
We received’t spend an excessive amount of time on Quinn as a result of it’s believed that he’ll reunite with Broncos common supervisor George Paton in Denver. And if that occurs, together with Daboll selecting the Giants, the Dolphins will likely be taking a look at McDaniel and Joseph as two individuals who match one of many main qualities they’re searching for — somebody who can maximize Tua and the offense and an skilled head coach.
Can Joseph persuade Miami brass?
However would Joseph — who was fired in Denver after an 11-21 document in two seasons — actually be the man the Dolphins are concentrating on to be their subsequent head coach?
Whereas he’s on their shortlist of candidates, a supply near the scenario tells PFN that as a lot as Grier likes Joseph, Ross received’t log off on the rent besides as a fallback plan. We have been informed that two or three others must decline Miami’s provide first.
And that, in fact, would lead some Dolphins followers to consider that the search course of was a failure. And they might have each proper to suppose that after the Dolphins administration workforce determined to Flores — a very good soccer coach — in a vendor’s market. There are eight groups in want of a head coach, and that quantity might nonetheless develop if Sean Payton decides to retire.
The filth on Flores has been well-documented by Professional Soccer Community’s NFL Director, Adam Beasley. And whereas he didn’t all the time play good behind the scenes, he appeared to get probably the most out of a workforce that didn’t all the time have the expertise to match their stage of play on the sphere.
Hiring Joseph — who some take into account Flores-lite based mostly on scheme and play-calling — would set many Dolphins followers over the sting.
Is there a shock candidate for the Dolphins’ head coach search?
Don’t rule out a shock candidate nonetheless rising. The Dolphins have made it a coverage to not announce who they’ve interviewed throughout their search. It’s totally potential they’ve met with candidates whose names haven’t been reported.
Might there be a wild card within the combine, maybe somebody like Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh or present Payments defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier? A powerful case may be made that Frazier is a greater model of Joseph — a greater coordinator and a greater head coach.
If there may be, in actual fact, a wild card title that we don’t find out about, that would change the whole lot. However for now, that half is concept so we work with the knowledge we’ve got.
And by all accounts, that leads us to consider that if Quinn goes to Denver and Daboll goes to New York, the Dolphins can be taking a look at Joseph as their subsequent head coach.