It would appear that the Dolphins are going to lose the battle for Jeff Fisher. Jay Glazer reports that he would be shocked if Fisher isn’t the next coach of the Rams in the next 48 hours.
Jay Glazer is also reporting that the Dolphins, sensing Fisher will pick the Rams, are now starting to move on to other candidates. Glazer claims the candidates include Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey (pictured), Bengal’s defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, and Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
First off, I would be very disappointed if the Dolphins chose Mularkey who led a very average Falcons offense this year and was absolute crap when he was here in Miami.
If I was Jeff Ireland (G-d forbid) my plan B if Fisher doesn’t work out would be Mike Zimmer. Zimmer is a player’s coach who seems to garner a great amount of respect from his player. He has built a pretty strong defense in Cincinnati in recent years. People might criticize Zimmer’s defense in recent weeks however he has been without the Bengal’s best corner Jonathan Hall who they lost for the season.
Zimmer is a team first guy, similar to Sparano, who hopefully has better game management skills then Tony.
Zimmer was the defensive coordinator in Dallas in 03 where the Cowboys gave up the fewest yards in the NFL while running an aggressive speedy 4-3 defense. Zimmer also had has experience running a 3-4 which he did when he was forced to switch his defense when Parcells arrived in Dallas. Zimmer coached for the Cowboys from 94-06 and worked with Jeff Ireland the last four years
In 2009, Zimmer earned NFL Assistant Coach of the Year honors from Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers and from CBSSports.com. He also won the assistant of the year award from FOX broadcaster and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
The only issue I have with Zimmer is that the Dolphins need an offensive mind that can help develop a young Quarterback. I don’t have much trust in Ireland finding the right offensive mind to compliment Zimmer however I do think Zimmer would be a decent plan b.no comments