The Miami Dolphins have an offensive coordinator and GM opening after firing Mike Sherman and having a mutual parting of ways with Jeff Ireland, and they have already identified top candidates for both openings. At this point in time, the top candidate for the offensive coordinator opening clearly seems to be Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, who has a high amount of respect in league circles and would be a great OC hire. There’s also the matter of the strong connection that McAdoo has with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who has a high amount of respect from owner Stephen Ross, from their days in Green Bay, and they are both so close that the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero once reported that Philbin would never really have to interview him.
It’s possible that this interview is just a mere formality if there is indeed very strong mutual interest, as ESPN NFL Nation’s Dan Graziano reports that McAdoo is interviewing with the Dolphins today after speaking with the New York Giants yesterday.
McAdoo is unsurprisingly a hot name around the league for a few vacancies, most notably the offensive coordinator gigs in Green Bay and New York, and he’s also a top candidate for the Cleveland Browns vacancy. While the Browns opening is seen as toxic and their top candidate is Adam Gase, the Denver Broncos are still in the playoffs and it’s probably harder to hire Gase than McAdoo. Although there is no franchise QB in Cleveland, it is possible that a head coaching gig is too much for McAdoo to pass up on. There is little doubt that McAdoo would be an enormous upgrade for either the Dolphins or Giants, who suffered through the incompetent Kevin Gilbride, and I would expect the Dolphins to land him.