The Miami Dolphins have asked two of the AFC East division rivals for permission to interview three head coaching candidates for the team. Miami would like to speak with the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as well as Buffalo Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Dolphins are actively setting up interviews for their head coaching vacancy, an opening that happened when the team fired head coach Joe Philbin after a 1-3 start to the season. Interim head coach Dan Campbell took over the helm of the team, finishing what would become a 6-10 season. The team is expected to interview Campbell on Friday. They also have a schedule interview with Mike Shanahan scheduled for Tuesday.
McDaniels has been the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Patriots since 2012. Before that, he spent a year in the same position with the St. Louis Rams after a two hear stint as the head coach of the Denver Broncos (2009-2010). Prior to the Broncos position, McDaniels worked his way up through the coaching ranks with the Patriots, starting as a personnel assistant in 2001, a defensive assistant in 2002-2003, quarterbacks coach in 2004-2005, and added the offensive coordinator duties in 2006, hpding them through 2008.
Patricia has been the Patriots' defensive coordinator since 2012, working his way up through the Patriots coaching staff starting in 2004 as an offensive coaching assistant. He has also worked for the team as a assistant offensive line coach, linebackers coach, and safeties coach. He started his coaching career in 1996 as a graduate assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic, then a defensive line coach from 1999-2000 at Amherst, followed by a stint at Syracuse as an offensive graduate assistant from 2001-2003.
Lynn is currently the Bills' running backs coach and assistant head coach, moving with Rex Ryan from the New York Jets this year. With the Jets, he was the running backs coach from 2009-2014, and has held the same position with the Cleveland Browns (2007-2008), Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2004). He started his coaching career as a special teams assistant with the Denver Broncos from 2000-2002. He played running back and special teams in the NFL from 1993 to 1999, starting with the Broncos for a season, then a two-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers, before returning to Denver from 1997-1999.
No official word on if the Patriots or Bills granted permission for the Dolphins to interview any of the candidates, and no interviews have been scheduled as of yet.