Between all the talk of the big-named coaches (Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and Jeff Fisher), there are many other candidates that the Miami Dolphins should definitely look at.
A popular offensive coordinator out there is Joe Philbin from the Green Bay Packers. He has been around to see both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, and has also been the offensive line coach for the Packers from 2003-07.
It is clear that Philbin has been in a great environment with the Packers, and head coach Mike McCarthy. He has been trained in a winning system, and he understands how to develop young quarterbacks.
Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland should definitely take a look at this guy. He has established himself as a high-end offensive coordinator, and it looks like he is ready to be a head coach.
If Miami did choose to make Philbin their guy, then it would be a very smart move for them to go out and grab Matt Flynn in free agency. He is shaping up to be a stud QB, especially after his record-setting game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
It might be a gamble since Flynn has only started twice in the NFL, but by the way he has played in both of those games, he looks like a star. Philbin and Flynn might just be able to transform the Dolphins into a more offensively-minded team.
In the end, it would be a smart move for Miami to avoid the big-name coaches because there is proof that those guys never succeed when coming back to the NFL.
Instead, Miami would be wise to select a winning coordinator who has been trained behind smart coaches. Philbin is that guy. He has been in the backseat of the Packers organization for a while, learning every step of the way, so that one day his time would come to step up as a head coach for a team in need.
Ross and Ireland should definitely not get too caught up with the search for a celebrity coach.
Hopefully they look to some of the background candidates because usually, those are the ones who become franchise coaches, and that is what Miami desperately needs.