Reports: Miami Dolphins Talking To Cowher, Harbaugh As Sparano's Seat Heats Up

Danny DolphinAnalyst IJanuary 4, 2011

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 26:  Bill Cowher, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches on from the sideline against the Baltimore Ravens at M & T Bank Stadium November 26, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Yesterday it appeared this Dolphins regime was going to stay intact, much to the great displeasure of the few fans this team has left.

Today, although Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland still have jobs, it seems owner Stephen Ross is more than welcome to the idea of making a change. There are reports out there stating he has already had multiple conversations with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh, one of the hottest names out there in both pro and college circles.

Harbaugh was in Miami last night coaching his squad to a blowout victory in the Orange Bowl.

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have reached out to former Steelers’ coach Bill Cowher to gauge his interest. The report states the conversation revolved around the idea that he would keep on current Dolphins general manager Greg Ireland and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

However, it’s believed Cowher would want full control over the hiring of his assistants and general manager and has since backed off at the moment.


Ross is certainly not afraid of hurting any feelings, pursuing other coaches while his own coach is still under contract. At this point it appears he is still willing to keep Sparano on, so as long as he can’t get a big-name coach of his choosing to rejuvenate a franchise drowning in its own offensive filth.

Harbaugh is by far, in my mind, the most appealing coach out there. He’s known as an elite offensive mind, and one of the major reasons Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is the consensus top pick in this year’s NFL Draft. He also has pro experience, both as a player and a coach.

The question is, could even he clean up the stink that is the Miami offense? He would need a quarterback first. With limited free agents available, and no guarantee the Dolphins will be in position to draft one in the first round (15th overall), aren’t there more appealing options out there?

He could go to San Francisco, a team that apparently has high interest, and the possession of the eighth pick, which should be high enough to get a quarterback. If it were up to me, I’d go to Denver, which holds ownership of the second overall pick. He could then trade anything and everything to move up a spot and snag his boy Luck.

I also cannot get over why Ross is so insistent on keeping Ireland on board, if the reports are accurate. You’re telling me he’d rather have Sparano and Ireland than someone like Cowher and whoever he brings along? Come on now! Any monster name coach is going to want full control. That’s just how it is.

Although I’m currently pleased with the Dolphins showing an interest in pursuing another coach, let’s see if it amounts to anything. Sparano and Ireland could very well be sticking around. And if that happens, it’s safe to say this fan base is going to be fuming, as they have every right to be.

If Ross were 100 percent moving in a different direction, he would have fired Sparano by now.

Here are my odds on who will coach the Dolphins next season. These are purely speculative…

Sparano 2:1

Cowher 4:1

Harbaugh 5:1

Gruden 8:1

The Field 5:1