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Dolphins contact Lions for permission to interview Teryl Austin

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The Miami Dolphins are starting their coaching search and are reaching out to get permission to interview candidates.

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are wasting no time in trying to get their head coaching search underway. According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Dolphins called the Detroit Lions on Sunday night, requesting permission to speak with Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.  Miami is trying to fill a head coaching vacancy after firing former head coach Joe Philbin during the season.

Austin has been the Lions defensive coordinator for two years after spending the 2011 to 2013 season as the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He has also coached with the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks at the NFL level, as well as with the University of Florida, University of Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest, and Penn State in the college ranks.

The Dolphins are also expected to at Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach Doug Marrone, former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Interim head coach Dan Campbell is also expected to get an interview and could possibly hold on to the position he hald the last 13 weeks of the season. The coaching search could expand to more candidates as the team continues to look for the 12th head coach in team history.