From the where-are-they-now department, here’s a reminder of where all those recent Miami Dolphins head coaches will be for the opening of training camp.
Joe Philbin is the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
Dan Campbell is the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints.
Todd Bowles, of course, is head coach of the New York Jets, still trying to figure out what to do with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Tony Sparano is the offensive line coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
The question is will any of these guys be in the playoffs this season while new Dolphins coach Adam Gase remain on the outside?
I’m guessing Sparano has the best chance, followed by Bowles, Philbin and Campbell.
They’re all good, hard-working pros but Stephen Ross correctly moved on in each case.
Don’t see Philbin as a future head coach, though. If the Colts greatly improve, it will be because of Andrew Luck and everyone will know it. Philbin already got too much credit for Green Bay’s offensive success with Aaron Rodgers.
Bowles has got a great temperament as a head coach and would have good for the Dolphins if they had chosen him instead of Philbin.
Sparano will probably pop up again one day as head coach of, say, the Titans or the Texans. These guys seem to cycle around, no matter their success level. Campbell wouldn’t surprise if he was head coach of the Cowboys some day.
Amazing that the list of former Dolphins coaches has grown this long, and we’re not even talking about Nick Saban and Cam Cameron, both of them back on campus.
For a quarter century Don Shula had an iron grip on this job, and it seemed he would never let go.