He wasn't their first choice (Cowher), their second choice (Gruden), their third choice (Fisher), fourth choice (Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer) or even fifth choice (reportedly Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy).
But he was their best choice for head coach.
The former Packers offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin will come to Miami with a defense that just needs some minor tweaks (and switching to 4-3, which, ironically, fits better with the personnel currelty present), wide receivers who seem bred to run a West Coast offense (look at what Brandon Marshall did while Shannahan was his coach in Denver) and a running back who fits so perfectly in the West Coast offense that it's actually shocking to me that this will be his first time in one (Reggie Bush).
All that's needed is a quarterback. Oh, wait; there's already a West Coast quarterback already available—and Philbin had a hand in developing him (Matt Flynn)!
Sure, there's all of the Peyton Manning talk, and considering his injury, he'd be better served in a West Coast offense at this point of his career.
Then take a look at the draft. Odds are, if Miami loses out on Flynn and Manning, that will mean possibly one of them going to one of the teams they'd have to compete with to trade up for Robert Griffin III (who would actually be a very impressive West Coast quarterback due to his big arm, accuracy and mobility; think Michael Vick, but more accurate).
But if they do sign Manning, as I pointed out already in this piece, they have the luxury of being able to pick a quarterback later in the draft to be their future quarterback.
Now tell me, doesn't Kellen Moore have "West Coast Offense" written all over him? Come to think of it, that's probably the only NFL offense he could succeed in (and he'd do it well).
Right now, it might not seem like such a great hire, but Miami found the right guy for the job, the perfect fit and someone who gives them options. I still won't give them an A simply because it took them so long to figure out that he was the right guy for the job (while I was advocating him being just that in November), as well as the fact that if there's any team that could screw something good up, it's the Miami Dolphins.
While I see hope at head coach, Jeff Ireland is still the general manager, and even worse, Stephen Ross still owns the team.
Why do you think I wrote this scathing piece last week?