Saturday, January 29, 2022

Dolphins Submit First Five Coaching Job Interview Requests

The Miami Dolphins are reported to have filed their first five requests for permission to interview candidates for the head coach position.

After the first known request was sent to Buffalo Bills on Monday night for their offensive coordinator Brian DabollMiami continued that on Tuesday with an interview with the San Francisco 49ers attack coordinator. Mike McDaniel, Dallas Cowboys Defense Coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Mooreand Arizona Cardinals Defense Coordinator Vance Joseph.

For those scoring, there are three offensive coaches and two defense coaches. All requests were reported by the NFL Network and Joseph was first reported by MMQB

The Dolphins head coach vacancy is open after Miami fired coach Brian Flores on Monday morning. Flores reportedly set up an interview with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

Daboll has a playoff game against the New England Patriots that he will coach on Saturday night, while McDaniels Forty Niners will play the Quinn and Moore Cowboys on Sunday night and Joseph’s Cardinals will play with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night at the NFL weekend.

Daboll, who was the 2020 NFL AP Assistant Coach of the Year, has been with the Bills since 2018 and was instrumental in the development of quarterback Josh Allen in Buffalo. Prior to that, he was Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2017, and current Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa spent a rookie season in college when they won the national title.

Among his previous stops in the NFL, Daboll was the Dolphins offensive coordinator in 2011, when Tony Sparano was in charge of the coach for the last year. He also served as NFL Coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and 2010. From 2013 to 2016, he was the coach of the Patriots, and Flores was the defense assistant in the same state under the guidance of coach Bill Belichick.

Under Daboll’s 2017 Alabama leadership, Tagovailoa played in eight games, making 63.6 percent assists with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions as the primary understudy for starting and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts was on the bench for Tagovailoa during the break of the college football national championship playoffs that season, and Tagovailoa threw the winning touchdown to DeVonte Smith. This set the stage for Tagovailoa to dethrone Herts the following season, which led him to become one of the top draft picks when he qualified for 2020.

Daboll, 46, was part of five Super Bowl champions with the Patriots – two when he was the hard end coach and one of the 2001, 2003 and 2004 champions. He was host coach in New England from 2002 to 2006 and defense assistant from 2000 to 2001.

McDaniel, 38, is a Yale graduate with a long-standing relationship with San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan. McDaniel is ending his first season coordinating the 49ers’ offense after serving as team games coordinator since 2017, when Shanahan first landed a job in San Francisco. The 49ers’ play was a strong offense when they made it to the 2019 Super Bowl and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

McDaniel also served as Assistant Assistant in 2015 and 2016 at the Atlanta Falcons when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator there, and also won the Super Bowl, which the Patriots lost. McDaniel has also been under Shanahan during his tenure as Attack Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns and Washington DC, serving as foster coach and offensive assistant since his first time in the NFL in 2011.

Quinn, 51, is one of only two who previously served as a head coach in the NFL. He was at the helm of the Falcons from 2015 to 2020 and was the franchise leader when they lost 28-3 to the Patriots in the Super Bowl with Shanahan and McDaniel in state. He had a 46-44 record, including the playoffs, as head coach.

Coordinating the Cowboys’ defense this season, Quinn was the Defense Coordinator for the treacherous Seattle Seahawks Defense Boom Legion in 2013 and 2014, winning one Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos and losing the big game the following year to New England.

The 49-year-old Joseph, who was the Dolphin Defense Coordinator in 2016, is another former head coach of the group. He was at the helm of the Denver Broncos in 2017 and 2018 and had an 11-21 record.

His one season in Miami was the first during the Adam Gaze era and the last for the Dolphins to make the playoffs. Joseph’s defense that year was instrumental in propelling Miami to the playoffs. After a brief stint with the Broncos, he returned to coaching defense in Arizona.

Moore, 33, best known for his student quarterback at Boise State from 2008 to 2011, when he set a 50-3 record, is rapidly rising in the ranks. He has been the Cowboys offensive coordinator since 2019 and was the quarterback coach while working with Duck Prescott in Dallas in 2018.

Moore was an NFL undrafted quarterback who spent three seasons with the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. He started in two games and appeared in three for Dallas in 2015, then was Prescott’s understudy before eventually coaching him.

Seven head coach positions remain in the NFL after the New York Giants fired Joe Judge on Tuesday night. The other five are Bears, Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders, who are in the playoffs with interim coach Rich Bisaccia following the firing of John Gruden earlier this season.

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