With the news that Tony Sparano has been fired, here are just a couple of names to keep in mind to be the next head coach of the Dolphins:
1) Bill Cowher (Career record: 149-90-1. Won Super Bowl XL.)
Cowher is a high-profile, A list head coaches who has experience and has had success in this league. His 12-9 playoff record could be better, but it's hardly anything to cry over. A two-time Sporting News and one-time AP coach of the year, Cowher certainly has what it takes to excite a fan base and potentially turn a franchise around. Cowher however might want GM power too which might not be an option.
2) Jeff Fisher (Career record: 147-126. Lost Super Bowl XXXIV.)
Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk reports that Fisher is very hungry to get back into the game, as early as 2012, to try and rebuild a franchise and finally win a Super Bowl. Fisher is an experienced and successful coach with a respectable 5-6 playoff record who has a track record of getting the most out of relatively untalented teams. Despite his years of experience, he is still relatively young, and has that hunger to win a career-defining championship that could make him a good long-term hire. KC and the Dolphins most likely will pursue him hard.
3) Jon Gruden (100-85. Won Super Bowl XXXVII.)
Despite the fact that Gruden just signed a 5 year extension with ESPN, it's possible that if Gruden had the opportunity to come in and coach a guy like Andrew Luck he would jump at the opportunity. Gruden has the unique aspect on his resume that he taken two different franchises to the playoffs, and compiled a 5-4 record in the postseason. The coach called "Chucky" is still young and fiery and certainly is an easy sell to any fan base.
There were whispers that owner Stephen Ross in Miami would love to have Gruden as their next coach, but we’ll see if he is ready to leave his gig at ESPN.
4) Brian Billick (Career Record: 85-67, won Super Bowl XXXV.)
"Once a coach, always a coach, that's always a part of your blood." -- Brian Billick on ESPN's Mike and Mike Radio Show
Billick is now working for the NFL Network, but seems to be enthusiastic to get back onto the field as a head coach. But perhaps the right opportunity, the right partnership, hasn't presented itself yet. Another coach with experience, a winning record and a super bowl title. Billick's name is one that usually gets brought up year round but also one that usually gets overlooked.
5) Rob Chudzinski
Known as a QB guru, the Panthers offensive coordinators has done wonders with Cam Newton and could be an interesting option for Miami. If the Dolphins are in position to draft Robert Griffin the third than it is certainly foreseeable these two would make a great pair.