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Miami Dolphins Continue Pursuit of Mike Sherman; Tampa Bay Hires Greg Schiano

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The Miami Dolphins are continuing their pursuit of former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman to serve as the team's offensive coordinator. Sherman was seen as the leading candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coaching position, but reports are now stating the Bucs have signed Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.

Sherman, who was Philbin's english teach in high school, hired his former pupil back when Sherman ran the Packers, and the two have remained close friends. Sherman runs a west coast style offense, which is what Philbin is expected to bring to the Dolphins this offseason.

Having come out of the Texas A&M job this past year, Sherman knows more about quarterback prospect Ryan Tannehill than any coach in the NFL. This would mean the Dolphins have the inside story on both Tannehill, and soon to be free agent Matt Flynn, who Philbin has coached throughout Flynn's NFL career.

The Sherman hire could be a short term move, however. As can be seen from his flirtations with the Tampa Bay job, Sherman wants to be an NFL head coach again. If he can come to Miami as an offensive coordinator, it could be the final stepping stone in returning to his desired position - as soon as next year.

Either way, Sherman is expected to be in Miami today, meeting with Philbin. There's a good possibility, the day could end with Sherman as the new offensive coordinator for the Dolphins - leaving current OC Brian Daboll to begin the search for his next position.