I love Brian Daboll.
I have had an unhealthy obsession with the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator ever since he was the Miami Dolphins offense coordinator in the 2011 season.
Despite the lackluster performance of a 6-10 season that cost head coach Tony Sparano the job, I maintained respect for Daboll because of the problems he faced with the lockout that season. Every NFL team had a late start, which meant slow implementation of his attack as he was hired that offseason and didn’t have time to set it up.
But this team, especially offense, in which Reggie Bush played 1000 yards and Brandon Marshall took 1200 yards, has been my favorite of all the attacks I’ve covered since 2007.
(For the sake of transparency, there really weren’t many decent Dolphin offenses to choose from. And yes, the decent ones are my new standard for Dolphin offenses.)
The fact is that since then I have been a fan of Doboll and have followed his career, success and growth. It’s high time he became a head coach, and that’s exactly what the franchise needs to look for if they want to empower an inexperienced assistant and hire a new head coach.
However, given that Dolphins owner Steve Ross has already run four of them with little success, I implore him to change his approach during this coaching search.
It’s time for the Dolphins to find a coach who brings something that Sparano, Joe Philbin, Adam Gays and Brian Flores did not have: head coach experience…
The biggest downside to aspiring head coaches is that they usually cannot hire qualified staff, unless they come with a built-in coaching staff like the one that Bill Parcells gift-wrapped for Sparano and they usually don’t know. what are they doing. do not know.
Everything is new to them and they are often slow to make adjustments because they learn on the job.
I’m tired of the Dolphins head coaches needing training wheels and making the same mistakes every three years (it was an endless cycle).
Hiring inexperienced coaches is one of two reasons the Dolphins continue on this long and harrowing ride down the mediocre carousel. Not finding, adding, and developing an elite quarterback is another matter.
As talented as Daboll is, and the same goes for San Francisco Forty Niners offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who was also interviewed by the Dolphins for a head coach job, their ability to create top-notch staff should be a concern. and their lack of experience in managing an entire locker room and organizing.
Miami learned the hard way that Philbin lacked leadership. And about Gaza’s over-inflated ego and lack of concern for rigid discipline. We then discovered that Flores struggled to play well with others when it was too late.
These aspiring coaches can also be adept at dribbling one side of the ball and wrestling the other. This applies to all former Dolphins coaches except Don Shula.
Shula took his career to the next level when Miami acquired him from the Baltimore Colts. Shula became a legend at his second stop.
Jimmy Johnson used the lessons, connections and wisdom he gained during his days at the Dallas Cowboys to spend several productive seasons in Miami. Even Dave Wannstedt, who failed in Chicago, spent several respectable seasons in Miami, years that no Dolphins coach has ever matched.
This is why I suggest that Ross give up his preference for young, ambitious newcomers.
Doug Pederson, Dan Quinn, Jim Caldwell, Mike Zimmer, Jack Del Rio, Todd Bowles, Leslie Fraser and other veteran coaches looking for their second, maybe third chance to drive the NFL franchise still have a lot to prove.
Give the right coach a second chance to make a better impression, build a better team, and maybe he can do for the Dolphins what Andy Reed did for the Kansas City Chiefs after leaving the Philadelphia Eagles. Or what Pete Carroll did in Seattle after fighting in New England, or Tony Dungy in Indianapolis after failing to win the title in Tampa Bay, or what Bill Belichick did for the Patriots after spending one winning season in five years with the Cleveland Browns.
Dolphins need someone who can create a high-quality staff of assistants, coaches who will help the young squad to bring their game to a new level.
They need an experienced coach who has a clear understanding of how he wants to see his offense and defense, as well as the ability to create a plan that he can follow in order to build it. Remember, Flores’ attack never resembled the physical unit he promised when he was hired in 2019.
Pederson and Caldwell are the winners, and their history proves that they can help their chosen quarterback – be it Tua Tagovailoa or anyone else – to move to the next level.
Quinn, Zimmer, Del Rio, Bowles and Fraser have built up powerful defenses wherever they go, and this could allow this Dolphin Defense Squad to pick up where they left off.
If this decision is really about getting the Dolphins to take the next step forward, which was a stumbling block in the era of Ross, then the real estate mogul should do something he has never done before: choose a coach who has a history. transforming a floundering franchise into a permanent playoff team and a possible Super Bowl contender.