It’s time for Dolphins owner Steve Ross to hire an experienced head coach – The Mercury News


I love Brian Dabol.

I’ve had an unhealthy obsession with the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator since serving as the Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator for the 2011 season.


Despite the poor results of that 6-10 season that cost head coach Tony Sparano his job, I maintained respect for Dabol as the challenges he faced during that lockdown-hit season. A late start for every NFL team meant a slow implementation of its offense, as it was hired that off-season and given no time to set it up.

But that team, especially the offense—which had a 1,000-yard tailback in Reggie Bush and a 1,200-yard receiver in Brandon Marshall—was my favorite of every offense I’ve covered since 2007.


(For the sake of transparency, there aren’t really that many good dolphin offenses to choose from. And yes, my new standard for dolphin offenses is decent.)

The point is, I’ve been a fan of Dabol ever since and I’ve tracked his career, success and growth. He is overdue to become a head coach and is exactly what a franchisee should be looking for if they want to give an inexperienced assistant an opportunity and hire a first-time head coach.

However, given that Dolphins owner Steve Ross has already run through four with little success, I’m begging him to change his approach. During this coaching quest,


It’s time for the Dolphins to find a coach who brings some Sparano, which Philbin, Adam Gase and Brian Flores didn’t have: head coaching experience,

The biggest drawback for first-time head coaches is that they usually can’t hire a quality staff, unless they come with built-in coaching staff like a bill parcels gift-wrapped for Sparano. , and they usually don’t know what they don’t know.

Everything is new to them, and they are often slow to adjust as they are learning on the job.


I’m tired of Dolphins head coaches needing training wheels and making the exact same mistakes every three years (it’s been a never-ending loop).

Hiring inexperienced coaches is one of two reasons the Dolphins continue this long and painful ride on a delightful journey of mediocrity. Finding, adding, or developing an elite quarterback is not another matter.

Dabol is as talented as he can be, and the same goes for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who were also requested for interview by the dolphins For a head coach vacancy, there must be concerns about their ability to build a top-notch staff and lack of experience leading an entire locker room and organization.

Miami learned that Philbin lacked leadership. And gas the hard way about excessive arrogance and lack of concern for discipline. then we found Flores struggles to play well with others after it’s too late,

These first-time coaches can also be experts at leading one side of the ball and struggling with the other. This applies to every former Dolphins coach not named Don Shula.

Speaking of Shula, his career took to the next level when Miami acquired him from the Baltimore Colts. Shula became a legend in his second phase.

Jimmy Johnson used the lessons, connections, and knowledge he gained from his Dallas Cowboys days to produce some productive seasons in Miami. Even Dave Vanstead, who failed in Chicago, had some respectable seasons in Miami, something no Dolphins coach has been able to match over the years.

That’s why I propose that it’s time for Ross to deviate from his preference for choosing a young, ambitious, first-timer.

Doug Pedersen, Dan Quinn, Jim Caldwell, Mike Zimmer, Jack Del Rio, Todd Bowles, Leslie Frazier and other veteran coaches looking for their second, and perhaps even third, chances behind the wheel of an NFL franchise still have a lot to prove.

To build a better team, give the right coach a second chance to make a better impression, and they may be able to do for the Dolphins what Andy Reid did for the Kansas City Chiefs after he was fired from the Philadelphia Eagles. . Or what Pete Carroll did in Seattle after struggling in New England, or Tony Dungy in Indianapolis after falling short of winning a title in Tampa Bay, or Bill Belichick after delivering a winning season in five years with the Cleveland Browns. What did you do for the Patriots?

The Dolphins need someone who can build up a quality staff of assistants, coaches who can help a young roster take their game to the next level.

He needs an experienced coach who has a clear vision of how he wants his offense and defense to appear, and the ability to create a blueprint that he can follow to make it happen. Remember, Flores’ crime never resembled the physical entity he was promised when he was hired in 2019.

Pedersen and Caldwell are the winners, and their history proves they can help the quarterback of their choice — whether it’s Tua Tagovailoa or someone else — reach the next level.

Quinn, Zimmer, Del Rio, Bowles and Frazier have all put up tremendous defenses wherever they go, and that could allow this Dolphins defensive unit to pick up where they left off.

If this decision is really about taking the Dolphins the next step forward, which has been a stumbling block during Ross’ ownership era, it’s time for the real estate mogul to do something he’s never done before. : Pick a coach who has some history to turn an illustrious franchise into a perennial playoff team and potential Super Bowl contender.