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Dolphins Coaching Search: Miami Conducting Two Searches At Once?

The Miami Dolphins have been without a head coach for a little while now, and now that the Regular season is over and more coaches will be available to interview, they have picked up their search to find a new one. But according to our Dolphins blog the Phinsider, there are two searches going on, being conducted by two different people. And only one of them is a current employee of the Dolphins.

Miami General Manager Jeff Ireland is heading the Dolphins' coach hunt, and has been given the power by owner Stephen Ross to find the right guy for the job. Meanwhile, Ross has apparently allowed former Kansas City Chiefs President, and non-Miami Dolphins employee, Carl Peterson to direct his own search for the next head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

As if that wasn't odd enough, the whole thing seems like a race for these two guys to have a job. Apparently whichever one of them is able to find the candidate who will ultimately be hired will be brought in to run football operations, while the other will be left without a job.

Both Peterson and Ireland have reportedly made extensive lists of possible candidates. If Peterson lands Fisher, or one of the other candidates from his list, which reportedly includes Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, then he will be hired as the Dolphins' President. He would then replace Ireland, and the rest of the front office, with members of his staff from his Kansas City days.

I don't think I've ever seen a team handle a coaching search this kind of way. It will be interesting to see if it works out or if it backfires for them.

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