Tag:Stephen Ross
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 5:16 pm
 

Philbin, thinking about son, introduced in Miami

Philbin (AP)

Joe Philbin at the funeral service for his son, Michael (AP).By Josh Katzowitz

When new Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was asked during his introductory news conference Friday how he was dealing with the death of his son while experiencing his biggest triumph as a football coach, Philbin answered by telling a short story of what his life has become since 21-year-old Michael drowned in an icy Wisconsin river on Jan. 8.

When Philbin flew home to Green Bay from Miami after interviewing for the first time with owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland about two weeks ago, he said he was “at 30,000 feet in the air and felt great about things.”

Then, his son died and “we had a beautiful service eight days ago,” Philbin said. “I can’t tell you how touched we were as a family by the tremendous outpouring from the community.” He coached in the Packers loss last week vs. the Giants, and afterward, he said he felt dejected with what had happened to his life.

“I came home Sunday night and the TV hadn’t been on for a week,” Philbin said. “I don’t know, maybe the Dolphins had already hired a head coach. I talked to my son, Tim, and he asked me what the Dolphins were doing.

Said Joe: “I have no idea what they’re doing.”

“You’re going to go after the job, aren’t you?”

“I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

“You’d better go after that job. Your son, Michael, would have wanted you to go after the job.”

And that immediately changed Joe Philbin’s perspective. Snapped him, for the time being at least, out of his funk. “That,” he said, “was the start of me getting back and getting moving again.”

Amazingly, in the presser, Joe Philbin then laughed.

"This family is like the Griswold’s,” Philbin said, referring to the National Lampoon Vacation movies. “We’re an all-in family. We have heart and soul in what we do. We’re excited about coming to south Florida. We’re going to get down here and get immersed in the community as quickly as possible.”

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:36 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Dolphins hire Joe Philbin as new head coach

Former Green Bay OC Joe Philbin is Miami's new head coach. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Dolphins have hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their head coach, CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has confirmed through a team source. Philbin, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles, the Dolphins secondary coach who served as the interim head coach after Tony Sparano was fired in Week 14, were thought to be the favorites.

“We are thrilled to have Joe Philbin join the Miami Dolphins as our head coach,” owner Stephen Ross said in a statment released by the team. “Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process. (General) Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past. I know I join our fans in welcoming him as the newest member of the Dolphin family.”

Miami settled on Philbin after Jeff Fisher accepted St. Louis' offer last week (and the $7 million-a-year salary that came with it). The organization is expected to hold a press conference after Philbin signs his contract in the coming days. Details of the deal aren't known but the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero writes that it's for no less than four years.

Philbin becomes the 10th coach in Dolphins history and the seventh in eight years. He takes over a team that started the 2011 season with seven straight losses before winning six of their last nine games. Miami missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past decade. It has been 19 years since they reached the AFC championship game, 27 years since they reached the Super Bowl and 38 years since they won an NFL title.

"You don't replace people like Joe," Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.  I'm going to miss him personally a whole lot, forget as a professional. ... He brings a lot to the table..His resume speaks for itself. But the No. 1 thing is ... he's an excellent communicator."

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley added via Twitter: "A huge congratulations to Joe Philbin. No one deserves it more than this guy. The Pack will miss him!"

Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt tweeted: "Worked five years with Joe Philbin. Calm, cerebral, humble and a skilled offensive mind. His style will resonate with players."

When Ross began the job search he said that he would like to give the franchise much-needed stability by hiring "a young Don Shula." Instead he chose the 50-year-old Philbin, who has 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 years in college.

“I want to thank Steve Ross and Jeff Ireland for giving me the opportunity to become the head coach of one of the premier franchises in professional sports,” he said. “I also want to thank the Green Bay Packers for all the support the organization has given me during my time there.

"The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around, and working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition," he continued. "I have seen how much the fans in South Florida care about the Dolphins, and that passion is one reason why I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to their support, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Miami's offense ranked 20th last season, according to Football Outsiders (20th pass, 27th rush). Owner Stephen Ross wanted to bring in an offensive-minded head coach and Philbin is certainly that. He served as the Packers' coordinator from the 2007-2011 seasons, which includes the entire Aaron Rodgers era.

Assistants becoming first-time NFL head coaches have had mixed results in recent years. The group includes the Ravens' John Harbaugh, the Saints' Sean Payton and the Steelers' Mike Tomlin, but also three coaches recently fired: Jim Caldwell by the Colts, Todd Haley by the Chiefs and Steve Spagnuolo by the Rams.

Before joining the Packers, Philbin was Iowa's offensive line coach for four years. The former small-college tight end has been an offensive coordinator at Harvard, Northeastern and Allegheny College.

Philbin will now begin assembling a staff. Bowles might remain as a replacement for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who took the same job this week with the Atlanta Falcons.

Freeman writes that Rodgers' backup and soon-to-be free agent Matt Flynn could be an option in South Beach. (Chad Henne, the Dolphins' former second-round pick, suffered a shoulder injury during the '11 season and was placed on injured reserve. He'll be a free agent this spring and isn't expected back.)

"A source close to Flynn told me that Flynn would 'love to the challenge of being a starter' but emphasized he's loyal to the Packers," said Freeman Friday evening. "But if you had to wager don't put a lot of cash on Flynn staying in Green Bay."

Flynn, who completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Lions in Week 17, could be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in free agency in the coming months if the Packers don't chose to re-sign him. We've already drawn the Kevin Kolb comparisions, and the Redskins have been mentioned as possible suitors. Now we can add the Dolphins to that list.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:02 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Dolphins owner 'not discouraged' about Fisher

Miami owner Stephen Ross says next coach 'with something to prove is going to be better' than Fisher. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It took a while, but Jeff Fisher finally made a decision Friday, choosing the Rams over the Dolphins as his next head-coaching destination.

Miami owner Stephen Ross has now lost out on his top candidate two years running. Last offseason, Jim Harbaugh opted to say in the Bay Area instead of moving to South Beach, and the 49ers, 13-3 and division champs during the regular season, are still in the playoffs. But Ross says he's "not discouraged at all" by the latest snub.

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“I have mixed feelings [about Fisher choosing St. Louis over Miami],” Ross told the Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde. “But I feel very confident we’ll find the best man for this organization. I feel very good about it. I’m not discouraged at all.”

Also worth pointing out: the Dolphins don't have a 1a) after Fisher. It's not quite back-to-the-drawing board time, but there aren't any big names on the list, either. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just the reality in Miami right now.

The club released a statement Friday afternoon admitting what everyone already knew ("We did have conversations with Jeff Fisher about becoming the head coach of the Dolphins.") before trying to assuage fans' concerns about the team's immediate future ("We are excited about those people under consideration, and we are confident that the individual we eventually select will be the right person to lead this football team.”)

CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Chris Perkins provides details:

"Miami’s next head coach could come from a group of interviewees that includes Todd Bowles, the interim coach; Dave Toub, Chicago’s special teams coach; and Joe Philbin, Green Bay’s offensive coordinator. It’s conceivable Miami could extend its coaching search beyond its interviewees. Mike Mularkey accepted the Jacksonville job."

Perkins adds: "Interestingly, all the former full-time Miami coaches that aren’t retired have relatively high-profile jobs. Tony Sparano was recently named the New York Jets’ offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. is Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, Nick Saban just won a national title with Alabama, and Dave Wannstedt is Buffalo’s defensive coordinator. Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson are retired and aren't coming back to coaching."

Not to worry, though. The owner of a team that has made one playoff appearance since 2002, and last won a playoff game in 2000 feels good about the franchise's future.

"It's funny, in the back of my mind, I've really believed you go with people who have something to prove and are younger. That's how I've always worked in my business. I was always fighting that idea in my mind while I was talking to (Fisher). Something told me if I get someone like him with that experience it'd be good. At the same time, I don't feel lost. I believe someone really good who has something to prove is going to be better."

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:35 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Winners/losers from the Jeff Fisher saga

In every contest, even coach hirings, there are winners and losers. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

With the news that Jeff Fisher picked the Rams over the Dolphins now confirmed by CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, we figured we'd take a look at the saga from the knee-jerk perspective of picking winners and losers.

Trust us, someone always wins. And someone always loses. It's life. Leave yours in the comments.

WINNERS

Jeff Fisher: Stop us if we're being too obvious, but the dude straight cleaned up, you guys. We don't have contract details yet, but Mike Freeman's already reported that the Dolphins feel "used." If that's the case, Fisher's getting a pile of money from the Rams and the word on the street is he'll be picking his own general manager. He got everything he wanted and more when he became the top candidate in the coaching candidate class, even if he's not worth it.

Mike Zimmer: As Albert Breer of the NFL Network notes, Zimmer now moves to the front of the Dolphins coaching list. He's previously worked with 'Fins general manager Jeff Ireland in Dallas, and could be a good fit in Miami. He's also getting mentioned for the Buccaneers gig (and will interview with Tampa Bay), which means the Dolphins might feel a need to hurry things up on Zimmer and get something done, which could land him his first job as a head coach. At the very least, he has leverage now.

Carolina Panthers: When Jay Gruden pulled out of the running for the Rams gig, it looked like Fisher picking the Dolphins could really open up the door for St. Louis to hire Panthers offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski. Instead, Chud's primary option is to bolt for the Bucs, which seems less likely.

Gregg Williams: Williams is doing just fine with the Saints now, but his contract's up and there's a decent chance he bolts to work with his old boss in Tennessee. It's not like he was going to get canned from New Orleans (we don't expect him to anyway), but now he has leverage with both the Saints and Rams and could potentially pick the job he wants. Or, if New Orleans wanted to move along after a bad defensive year, Williams wouldn't be burnt. Plus, if he can turn around the Rams defense, he'll likely parlay that into another head-coaching gig.

Lake Dawson: The current VP of Football Operations for the Titans has already interviewed with the Rams. He seems like a pretty solid bet to land the general manager position with St. Louis now.

Mustaches: Fisher's got one a stash that's strong enough to grow icicles, store lunch for later and generally support the weight of a pint of Guinness head. Him patrolling the sidelines for an NFL football team only enhances the manly allure of lip fur.

LOSERS

Stephen Ross: For the second year in a row, Ross' Dolphins have come in second place while chasing a big-name coaching candidate. Last year it was Jim Harbaugh (how's that working out for the 49ers?) and this year it was Fisher. At least this time Ross wasn't already employing a coach when he went chasing after a big name.

Stan Kroenke: If the reports that Fisher doesn't have a contract are true, um, WUT? Why would Kroenke let himself get in this situation? No general manager, a coach who "picked" him and no agreement with that coach in place other than "you get power"? Doesn't this mean Fisher kind of runs the negotiations on his contract and salary from here on out?

Jeff Ireland: Whether or not the rumors about Fisher demanding power are true is irrelevant, because they're out there, and that means it looks like, to many people, that the Dolphins front office is a bit of a mess. (The "Carl Peterson might be running his own coaching search" rumors don't help much either.)

St. Louis Rams: Oh yeah, we went there. Though it's entirely possible that Fisher will be a good hire and he'll lead the Rams back to respectability quickly, St. Louis is still going all in on Fisher at this point. What if they're wrong and just handed a pile of cash, the power to select a general manager and a long contract to a guy who only won 10-plus games six times in his 17-year career with the Titans? Oh, right. They did just do that.

Justin Blackmon: Given that the Titans only once used a first-round pick on a wide receiver (1998, Kevin Dyson), it would be somewhat surprising to see them pull the trigger on Blackmon at No. 2 overall. Obviously this can change depending on how he works out and what sort of trades emerge, but Fisher's spent a lot of picks on defense during his days in Tennessee.

LeBron James: Because one of Fisher's highly-publicized choices was the Miami area, everyone and his brother will now use the line "Take his talents to St. Louis." It won't ever die, LeBron.

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Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:25 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Report: Raiders will interview Todd Bowles

Todd Bowles is apparently interviewing in Oakland (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

A day after the Raiders fired Hue Jackson after just one year as head coach, we have our first candidate to potentially replace him.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that person is Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles, who was Tony Sparano’s assistant head coach and secondary coach, led the Dolphins to a 2-1 record in Sparano’s absence (while putting a scare into the Patriots), but he hasn’t gotten much play as the possible permanent replacement (Jeff Fisher can probably be blamed for that).

The reason for the Dolphins’ apparent disinterest might lie in this quote from general manager Jeff Ireland during the Sparano-is-fired presser: "You're looking for the best candidate out there, a guy who has been in the trenches before. You're looking for some of the same qualities I saw in Tony -- a tireless worker, a guy who understands offense and defense. We'll talk about those things as the weeks go by, and exactly what we're looking for, and iron out a plan that best fits what Mr. (Stephen) Ross is looking for."

Considering Bowles has spent his NFL coaching career as a secondary coach, he probably isn’t the fit for Miami, even with his successful three-game stretch running the team. He’s already interviewed for the job, but even if Fisher accepts the Rams position, the next Dolphins coach probably will be somebody other than Bowles.

Which might turn out to be good news for Oakland.

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Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:30 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Dolphins gearing up for coaching search

RossBy Josh Katzowitz

While teams have begun making moves on Black Monday to fire their failing coaches, the Dolphins are gearing up to find Tony Sparano’s replacement. Here’s the statement the team released Monday afternoon, in the words of general manager Jeff Ireland.

"Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to insure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head coaching position. The process will be thorough, it will be in compliance with NFL policies, and provide the best possible result for the franchise.

"That search has begun and there is no designated timetable; it will be conducted in a manner that give us the greatest opportunity to hire the individual we feel is best suited to become the team's head coach. Steve and I are excited to embark on this process, and we are confident that it will result in the selection of an outstanding individual who will return the Dolphins to their long-time status as one of the most successful team in the league."

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Marino: Cowher won't coach; Fins talk to Peterson

Dan Marino doesn't think Bill Cowher will coach in '12. Meanwhile, Miami is reportedly talking to Carl Peterson. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Dolphins fired Tony Sparano Monday. At 4-9, Miami's season is over and owner Stephen Ross decided to part ways now, in mid-December, presumably to get a head start on finding his next coach. One that will either be "a young Don Shula" or an already established big-name veteran of NFL sidelines.

In both cases, the usual suspects were mentioned, from offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) and Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis. To Super Bowl winners like Brian Billick, Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden.

On October 30, Cowher, who currently serves as an NFL analyst for CBS' The NFL Today, addressed reports that he had been approached about his interest in the Dolphins gig. "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

On Wednesday, Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback who now works with Cowher at CBS, spoke about his colleague's coaching future.

"I would love to see him be the Dolphins' coach or if he wanted to coach again because that would be great for the NFL, but I don't think his mind-set is that he wants to coach again," Marino told the team's official website (via NFL.com).

"And he may change that over time now, but my feeling is that, you know, he's a pretty straightforward ... guy that tells the -- kind of -- the truth most of the time, I would say -- or no, all the time -- and he said on TV that he doesn't have any plans of coming back, and I believe him."

On Thursday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero sounded similarly pessimistic that Cowher would be coaching in 2012 ("Not necessarily") or for the Dolphins ("I keep hearing from people in NFL circles that he will not.")

And now there are reports that the Dolphins are talking with former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson about joining the organization in an executive position.

“Both want to make it work,” an NFL source said told the Herald's Barry Jackson. “Ross wants more management experience” in the organization.

Also worth mentioning: Peterson has ties to Cowher.

On October 26, seven weeks before Sparano was fired, the Palm Beach Post's Hal Habib wrote about the possibility of Cowher coming to South Beach.
If Cowher believes the time is right -- and Miami dismisses coach Tony Sparano -- it's conceivable that former Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson would facilitate a deal with the Dolphins.

Peterson is a business associate and longtime friend of both Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and [former NFL coach Dick] Vermeil. Peterson gave Cowher his first playing contract and helped add Cowher to the Chiefs' coaching staff under Marty Schottenheimer in 1989.

"I know that Carl Peterson has great admiration for Bill Cowher," Vermeil said.
And what would be the Dolphins' fallback plan if they couldn't land Cowher, Gruden or Billick? According to Jackson, it might be LSU coach Les Miles. Except that Miles has already issued a "Thanks, but no thanks" statement.

“He wanted everyone to know that he is not interested in the Miami job,” LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette said.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

Does Miami owner Stephen Ross want a vetern big-name head coach? (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tony Sparano wasn't the next Don Shula. We know this because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, shortly after firing Sparano, that he's looking for the next "young Don Shula."

"We're looking for the best head coach," Ross said. "It's important that the head coach and the general manager be able to work together, so you're not going to find someone who has a conflict to start with. You want to have the time to talk to people so you create that chemistry that's required to create a winning environment."

Ross' public comments indicate that he's leaning toward an up-and-coming assistant, perhaps someone like offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

There's also the possibility that, despite what Ross said about finding the next young Shula, the Dolphins could purse a big-name coach. Like, say, Bill Cowher, who said on October 30, amid reports that he had been contacted by the Dolphins about replacing Sparano: "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

Well, it's December and Cowher might have to repeat himself.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes that "the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross."

And if Cowher's not interested, Jackson says that "Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. … Philadelphia’s Andy Reid likely would be considered if he and the Eagles surprisingly part ways."

So here's what we know: the Dolphins are looking for a head coach between the ages of 35 and 65.

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