I would like to nominate Marc Trestman as the next head coach for the Miami Dolphins. Some of you may may be unfamiliar with Marc Treastman so allow me to provide a short introduction.
Marc Trestman is currently the head coach of the CFL champions, the Montreal Alouettes.
Trestman began his coaching career here in Miami. While a law student at the University of Miami he walked on as a volunteer coach. He was named quarterbacks coach in 1983 shortly thereafter Bernie Kosar passed for 2,329 yards and Miami won the national championship. The next year Kosar completed 262 passes for 3,642 yards, both school records.
He first coached in the NFL in 1985 with the Vikings. His first year as an offensive coordinator was in Cleveland. That year the Browns passing attack amassed over 3500 yards and 18 touchdowns. Wide receiver Webster Slaughter had a franchise record 1,236 receiving yards, and the Browns made it to the AFC Championship game.
He left coaching for 3 years before returning in 1995 as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with San Francisco. That year the 49ers led the NFL with 457 points scored, 644 pass attempts and 4,779 passing yards. In 1997 Trestman moved to the Detroit Lions as quarterbacks coach. That year Lion's quarterback Scott Mitchell passed for 3,484 yards, second most in team history.
In 1998 he was with the Arizona Cardinals as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. That year quarterback Jake Plummer threw for 3,737 yards, and the Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time since 1982 and won their first post season game in 51 years.
He next went to the Oakland Raiders in 2001 as the quarterbacks coach. In 2002 he was promoted to offensive coordinator and the Raiders led the NFL in total offense with 389.8 yards per game and passing yards with 279.7 per game. Oakland went to the Super Bowl. Gannon was the NFL MVP.
He was even on the staff of our own Miami Dolphins in 2004.
In 2007, Trestman was named head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was nominated for Coach of the Year his second year in the league after he took Montreal to the championship game. The following year 2009, Trestman and the Alouettes won the Grey Cup, the CFL’s national championship. Last year they won it again.
How this guy is not already an NFL head coach I don’t know. But with roots here in Miami I think this would be a great place to give him an opportunity. Heck, I think he is still a member of the Florida Bar.