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Miami Dolphins’ search for offensive coordinator in a holding pattern


The Dolphins have gone the past three days without meeting candidates to replace Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator.

Miami head coach Joe Philbin in the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin in the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
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The Dolphins’ process for finding their next general manager has motored along over the past week.

But how about the team’s offensive coordinator opening? That search has gone at its own, noticeably slower pace.

By all evidence, the Dolphins have gone the past three days without meeting with a potential play-caller.

Coach Joe Philbin was quick to carve out face time with former Redskins coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor after firing Mike Sherman last week, but the process has been quiet since.

In fact, it was quiet in general Monday — on both fronts. The team announced no interviews for either vacancy.

Along with Shanahan and Lazor, it is believed the Dolphins also have targeted former Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo for the job.

Statistically speaking, the Dolphins couldn’t do wrong with any of them. The Eagles, Packers, Redskins and Texans all had offenses that ranked in the top third of the league in 2013. The Dolphins, meanwhile, ranked 27th in yards and 26th in points last season and managed just one touchdown in their final 25 drives.

As for the GM opening, the Dolphins likely will speak with Marc Ross, the Giants’ vice president of player evaluation, in the coming days. Ross runs the Giants’ college-scouting department and the team’s draft.

If so, he would join these five who have already interviewed for the job: Ray Farmer (Browns), Brian Gaine (Dolphins), Omar Khan (Steelers), Jason Licht (Cardinals) and Lake Dawson (Titans).

In an ideal world, the Dolphins would have their general manager in place for the commencement of next week’s Senior Bowl practices, seen as the unofficial start of draft season. The Dolphins appear to be winding down their initial round of interviews but will likely meet with finalists again before making a hire.

The Senior Bowl is also an informal job fair for ascendant or out-of-work coaching candidates, so it’s possible that Philbin will wait until then to decide on his next offensive coordinator.

• Defensive end Cameron Wake, cornerback Brent Grimes and punter Brandon Fields have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America all-AFC team.

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