NFL Rumors: Jon Gruden, Not Bill Cowher, the Answer for Miami Dolphins

Daniel LewigCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2010

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Coach Jon Gruden of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers directs play against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After yesterday's report of former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher's top three destination list for 2011, rumors are swirling about the scorching hot seat current head coach Tony Sparano is sitting on.

A 1-7 home record will do that to you. 

But Bill Cowher is not the answer in Miami. 

Cowher would bring intensity.  Cowher would bring accountability—not just to the organization, but also to himself.  The Bill Parcells/Jeff Ireland mold is one of anonymity and reclusiveness.  There is no accountability at the top.  It's time for owner Stephen Ross to bring down the hammer that makes them accountable.

But the main problem still is not the head coach.  And the main problem is not the general manager.

It's the quarterback.

Folks, when Ryan Fitzpatrick is doing laps around you when he doesn't have a guy named Brandon Marshall to throw to, that pretty much says it all.  Chad Henne's future in Miami no longer involves him as the starter behind center in 2011.  Whoever comes in must have an answer at quarterback.

Enter Jon Gruden.

Gruden has always been known as a guy who can get the most out of his quarterback.  Maybe he can still develop what everyone thought Henne might be.  Maybe he can also serve as the offensive coordinator, calling the plays, which was always his strong suit.

If Miami can retain Mike Nolan on defense, Gruden would have the luxury of focusing his attention on offense, which is what he did when he was first hired to Tampa Bay. And we know how well that turned out.

Miami's defense isn't the same caliber of that Tampa defense—but Miami's offense shouldn't be the same as that Tampa offense, either.  Miami has some of the best receivers in the game. 

They just need someone who can throw it to them. 

And an offensive coordinator that can actually challenge opposing defenses.

Bill Cowher might be the prize.  But Jon Gruden might actually be the better fit.  And it's a shame for Tony Sparano.  I think he is a wonderful head coach.  And I think he will latch on somewhere else and get another chance and hopefully be successful.

But he tied his fate to this regime and with attractive head coaches out there, Ross might choose to get his own man.

Let's hope he's more successful in that choice than this regime was in selecting franchise quarterbacks.