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Fisher tops Dolphins' coaching wish list; Bowles interviews

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The Miami Dolphins announced Monday that they interviewed interim coach Todd Bowles for the full-time job, but they also want to talk with Jeff Fisher about the position, league sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora reported that Fisher, who compiled a 142-120 record in 20 seasons as coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, also is drawing interest from the St. Louis Rams.

The Dolphins released a statement announcing that they had completed their interview with Bowles. Because Bowles is an African-American, Miami has complied with the NFL's Rooney Rule, which mandates that teams must consider minority candidates for head-coaching positions.

Two other lesser-known candidates have been linked to the job. A league source told La Canfora on Monday that the Dolphins will interview Chicago Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub on Tuesday. The team also is reportedly interested in New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.

The Dolphins told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that owner Steve Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland will publicly share the names of head-coaching candidates who wish to be known after they've gone through the team's interview process.


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"Steve Ross and I have a plan in place that is designated to ensure that we identify and interview an outstanding set of candidates for the head-coaching position," Ireland said in a statement.

The Dolphins are looking for a full-time coach after they fired Tony Sparano on Dec. 12. They have endured three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1960s, and they've made the playoffs only once in the past decade. The next coach will be Miami's seventh since the start of the 2004 season.

Running back Reggie Bush believes the team needs only a few tweaks, not major renovations.

"The chemistry is there. The foundation is laid out," Bush said. "I think whatever coach they bring in will fit right in, and I think we'll be fine."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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