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Dolphins hire OL coach

"Alfonso" pointed this out in the comments section of the post below this one, but I thought it deserved front page attention.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Dolphins have hired former Panthers' offensive line coach Mike Maser.  Tony Sparano said of the hiring:

"It's the first move for me and one of the most critical moves. I've been in some of those situations, and I just think you've got to surround yourself with the best people that you can and some of the people that believe in your philosophies."

Sparano worked one season with Maser in Jacksinville in 2002.

Interesting to note that the Panthers LT Travelle Wharton is a free agent this year and, outside of Flozell Adams, is the best free agent tackle on the market.  With Maser here now, it'll be interesting to see if the Dolphins decide to take a serious look at Wharton in free agency.

In other coaching news, the Cowboys are doing their best to keep their coaching staff in tact.  The Post reports that some top targets of Miami, including Paul Pasqualoni and Todd Bowles, have been offered contract extensions by Jerry Jones:

In an effort to prevent the Dolphins from further raiding his staff, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has offered contract extensions to Bowles, Pasqualoni and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, according to

So now let's see what Sparano's next move is.