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Top Three Candidates For Dolphins Head Coach

(AP Photo/Rich Barnes, File) Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is considered the leading candidate for Miami Dolphins head coach

Daboll is the Leader, But Other Teams Interested

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is the leading candidate for Miami’s head coaching vacancy. He oversees an offense that ranked third in the league this year. Buffalo ranked tenth in passing yards and sixth in rushing. Quarterback Josh Allen continues to develop well in his offense. The Chicago Bears and New York Giants, among others, want to interview him. Unless Miami acts soon they may have to look to someone else to hire.

Tua Connection Main Reason for Miami Interest

The Dolphins hope that Daboll’s connection to Tua Tagovailoa would help in his growth. Daboll was Tua’s offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2017. Allen’s improvement under him certainly is a point in his favor. Can he help Tua become the quarterback Miami thought he would be when they drafted him fifth overall?

Detractors focus on Daboll’s time running Miami’s offense in 2011. He was offensive coordinator under head coach Tony Sporano. Miami fired Sporano thirteen games into the season. The Dolphins finished 20th in points that year.

An off the Radar Option For Head Coach

Mike McDaniel may not be as well known to Dolphins fans. As offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers he oversees a strong rushing game. The 49ers finished second this year in rushing yards. The Dolphins finished 30th in rushing this season. McDaniel is also only 35, the youngest candidate Miami’s considering.

Why is Miami the only team to show interest in McDaniel so far? He is not the play caller for the 49ers. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan calls the offense. Teams want to hire someone knowing what to expect when they call plays. McDaniel may have to grow into that role before more team show interest in him as a head coach.

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coach Dan Quinn Has Dolphins Ties

Dan Quinn and Leslie Frazier have ties to Miami. In 2005-06 Quinn coached the defensive line under Nick Saban. Quinn currently oversees the Dallas Cowboys defense. Dallas finished 20th in passing yards allowed and 16th in rushing. They finished first in turnovers and seventh in points allowed.

A plus for Quinn is that he has been a head coach before, with the Atlanta Falcons. He finished with 46-44 record in five seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2018. After recent struggles under coaches who with no head coaching experience before that could help Quinn’s chances with Miami.

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