Miami Dolphins

January 15, 2014

Miami Dolphins lose out to New York Giants on offensive coordinator candidate Ben McAdoo

The Packers’ Ben McAdoo interviewed Tuesday with the Dolphins for their offensive coordinator job, but chose to join the Giants.

Ben McAdoo met with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday. Hours later, he joined the New York Giants.

The team’s top target to replace Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator accepted the same job with the Giants on Tuesday, meaning the Dolphins’ search for a play-caller is back to Square One.

McAdoo, who was the Packers’ quarterbacks coach, has known Joe Philbin for years. On Tuesday, he formally sat down with Philbin for an interview.

But an hour after the Dolphins announced the interview, word spread that McAdoo was taking the vacant job in New York. The Giants made the move official just before 7 p.m.

Bill Lazor, another Dolphins candidate, no longer is an option either. ESPN reported that the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach will follow newly hired Jim Caldwell to Detroit.

The only other person to even meet with Philbin about the job thus far is former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who was fired two weeks ago.

Ex-Texans head coach Gary Kubiak also is an option. If the Dolphins decide to promote in-house, receivers coach Ken O’Keefe was the offensive coordinator at Iowa for 13 seasons.

Hurting the Dolphins in their seach, according to league sources: no job security and insecurity in their front office. Philbin is widely seen as a coach on the hot seat in 2014, meaning any new coordinator could be out the door after just one season.

As for the team’s other opening — general manager — nobody interviewed Tuesday. But that could change soon. Brian Xanders is expected to have a meeting with Stephen Ross, ESPN reported, becoming at least the seventh candidate identified by the team.

Xanders, 42, was Denver’s general manager from 2009 to 2012, and although he never had final say on personnel, he helped identify the collegiate and free agent pieces that now have the Broncos on the precipice of the Super Bowl.

Could he do the same for the Dolphins? That’s a decision up to Dolphins owner Ross (and, to a lesser extent, advisers Carl Peterson, Matt Higgins and Dawn Aponte). But at the very least, they’re open to the idea.

Five candidates already have met with Dolphins brass: Jason Licht (Cardinals), Brian Gaine (Dolphins), Omar Khan (Steelers), Ray Farmer (Browns) and Lake Dawson (Titans).

Giants vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross also is on the Dolphins’ radar.

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