Rejected by Jeff Fisher, the Miami Dolphins plan to interview many more candidates before hiring a coach, owner Stephen Ross said Friday.
Fisher turned down the Dolphins to accept the coaching job in St. Louis, the Rams confirmed Friday. Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland rapidly hit the reset button in their search, but the rejection represented a major setback.
Fisher’s choice came ten days right after he interviewed with Miami.
“It lasted a little longer than I would have liked,” Ross said with a chuckle in a phone interview with the Associated Press. “We did everything we thought we could do. We were stretching. We made an provide far better. We worked difficult at it.”
The Dolphins, unlike the Rams, have a common manager in place, and Fisher might therefore finish up with more authority more than personnel decisions in St. Louis. Ross, however, stated he didn’t assume that swayed Fisher.
“The organizational structure I don’t think was an problem at all,” Ross said. “I’ve usually thought the relationship among the coach and general manager is a partnership, and we felt Jeff was fine with that.”
A Dolphins source told NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington that Fisher by no means asked for total manage. The source stated he expressed during the interview that he wanted a mutual selection-creating approach with Ireland, which is what the Dolphins also planned to institute.
Fisher, who coached the Titans franchise for 17 years, was Miami’s first option and widely deemed the best prize on the NFL coaching industry. Ross wanted to make a splash by hiring a coach who would reinvigorate the fan base, and Fisher provided the best chance to do that.
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Amongst the other candidates interviewed by the Dolphins, the only one with any NFL head coaching expertise is Todd Bowles, thanks to his function as their interim coach for the final 3 games this season. Bowles has also been linked to the coaching vacancy with the Oakland Raiders.
“Jeff was fantastic — he had the encounter that the other ones may not have,” Ross stated. “But it has often been my philosophy to employ young people who have a genuine desire to succeed, and that’s what’s out there. Hopefully there’s a Hall-of-Fame coach we’ll be talking to.”
Other candidates interviewed by Miami have integrated Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub. The search will now be expanded and might incorporate other coaches nevertheless in the playoffs.
“We have continued to evaluate candidates even after we spoke with Jeff,” Ross stated. “We’re excited about the candidates we’re thinking about. They’re outstanding in their own proper. We’ll continue with our strategy, which will contain interviewing several candidates a lot more. I’m confident the method will result in the option of the right coach to lead our team.”
Darlington reported that the team currently has an interview lined up for Saturday with an as-but-unnamed candidate.
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