The Miami Dolphins search for their next head coach continued on Saturday, with no real change over the course of the day. Miami completed its two day interview of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Meanwhile, the Dolphins await word from top candidate Jeff Fisher, who is weighing his choice between the the St. Louis Rams and South Beach.
Word came out yesterday morning that the Dolphins had set up their next potential candidate interview, asking the Atlanta Falcons for permission to speak with their offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. Mularkey has head coach experience, having served as the top coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2004-2005. Mularkey has also been in Miami, having served on Nick Saban's staff as the offensive coordinator in 2006, staying on with Cam Cameron as the tight ends coach in 2007.
Currently, the Dolphins have interviewed their interim head coach Todd Bowles and Chicago Bears special teams coach Dave Toub, along with Fisher and Philbin.
The Dolphins are expected to continue to scour the NFL's coordinators for their next coach, while continuing to await word from Fisher. As the NFL playoffs continue, the Dolphins should begin targeting the coaches from some of the teams that lose each week. With the Cincinnati Bengals losing to the Houston Texans yesterday, two new potential candidates are available for interviews, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. The Lions loss could bring offensive coordinator Scott Linehan into play as well.
Meanwhile, Fisher was heading to St. Louis yesterday to visit the Rams' facilities. His interview with Rams owner Stan Kroenke took place in Denver, so this was his first time actually seeing the Rams' complex. Fisher is expected to make a final decision on his destination early this week.
Until then, the Dolphins will continue to line up coordinators to interview, and build their plan in case Fisher goes to St. Louis. And, as fans, we will continue to wait and react to every rumor and piece of information that leaks out about Fisher.