The Miami Dolphins have started their first interview for a new head coach, according to a report from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. According to Salguero, the Dolphins are currently interviewing former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith. The team has not confirmed the interview, typically waiting until after the interview is complete to make any official announcement.
Smith coached the Falcons from 2008 to 2014, earning a 66-46 record over that span. He was selected the AP Coach of the Year in 2008. He earned Playoff berths for the Falcons in 2008, and 2010 through 2012. He is 1-4 in the Playoffs. but was fired after two losing seasons in 2013 (4-12) and 2014 (6-10).
Before being hired by the Falcons, Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 to 2007. He spent the preceding four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, working from 1999 to 2001 as a defensive assistant line coach and in 2002 as the linebackers coach. Prior to working with the Ravens, Smith spend time with San Diego State University, Morehead State, and Tennessee Tech.
The Dolphins are scheduled to meet with Mike Shanahan on Tuesday and the team's interim head coach, Dan Campbell, on Friday. The team is also expected to schedule interviews with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Bills assistant head coach Anythony Lynn.