Barry Jackson

Who could be the next Miami Dolphins head coach? Here are some options

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Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell addresses reporters during news conference on October 14, 2015. Campbell discusses personal inspiration at 8:19 and progress of DeVante Parker at 9:29. Video by Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff
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Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell addresses reporters during news conference on October 14, 2015. Campbell discusses personal inspiration at 8:19 and progress of DeVante Parker at 9:29. Video by Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

With the news now official that the Miami Dolphins have fired head coach Adam Gase after three seasons, the search is on yet again to find the team’s next head coach.

Who could be the next person to lead the Dolphins? Here are some likely candidates:

Brian Flores: The Patriots defensive coordinator has been with New England since 2004. Reportedly will interview with Green Bay. The Dolphins have asked for permission to interview him, according to a league source.

Vic Fangio: He has been the Bears’ defensive coordinator for four years and also held that role for the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University. He has never been a head coach. The Dolphins have requested an interview, according to a league source.

Eric Bieniemy: The 49-year-old is finishing his first year as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator after four years as the Chiefs’ running backs coach. Yahoo reported Miami has requested an interview.

Mike Munchak: After a three-year stint as the Tennessee Titans head coach from 2011-2013, during which time he posted a 22-26 record, Munchak has served as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line coach since 2014. CBS has reported the Dolphins are requesting an interview.

John Harbaugh: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross loves him, but he’s under contract for 2019 and the Ravens are set to discuss terms of an extension this week. But if he balks at Baltimore’s offer for an extension, the Ravens reportedly might be willing to part ways with him, in exchange for compensation. Harbaugh is 104-72 in 11 seasons as Baltimore’s coach, including a Super Bowl victory.

Jim Harbaugh: The Michigan Wolverines and former 49ers coach will not be pursued by the Dolphins, Ross said last week. But what if the Jets pursue Harbaugh and he decides to go to the NFL? That could make Ross have a change of heart. Harbaugh is 38-14 at Michigan but coming off lopsided losses to Ohio State and Florida. He was 44-19-1 as San Francisco 49ers coach.

Mike McCarthy: The former Green Bay coach, who was fired earlier this month, was 125-77-2 with a Super Bowl championship in 13 seasons with the Packers. Arizona and Cleveland, who have coaching openings, are reportedly interested.

Josh McDaniels: The former Broncos coach accepted the Colts head job last year, then changed his mind and decided to remain New England’s offensive coordinator. He’s the most prominent among offensive coordinators mentioned as possibilities for head coaching jobs. Was 11-17 in 2009 and 2010 as Denver’s head coach. Will reportedly interview with Green Bay.

Jim Caldwell: The former Colts and Lions coach is 62-50 as an NFL coach but was fired a year ago by Detroit after consecutive 9-7 seasons.

Dan Campbell: The former Dolphins tight end coach from 2011-2015 who served as Miami’s interim head coach for the final 12 games of the 2015 season after Joe Philbin was fired. He has been the New Orleans Saints’ assistant head coach and tight ends coach since 2016.

A college coach other than Harbaugh: Stanford’s David Shaw previously bypassed NFL overtures but remains an appealing candidate. So does Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, who has said he is happy with the Sooners.

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Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written the Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.


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