The Dolphins keep loading up their interview card with big names. On the same day we learned the team will interview former Broncos and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan for their vacant head coaching job, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports they concluded an interview with former Falcons coach Mike Smith.
In addition, the team also plans to interview interim coach Dan Campbell and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Rapoport reported. NFL Media's Rand Getlin added that former Bills coach Doug Marrone will also get an interview with the team. The Dolphins will also interview Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn on Wednesday, per Rapoport.
Smith would appear to be a longshot. He was well-liked in Atlanta and went to the playoffs, but his game management skills left something to be desired. He also has a similar low-key personality to former coach Joe Philbin, who was fired after four games this season.
Shanahan, whose interview was reported by NFL Media's Albert Breer, is 63 years old and has only one playoff victory to his name since winning Super Bowl XXXIII. As we noted in the San Francisco post -- a job that Shanahan is also interested in -- his best years might be behind him, and his offense was most effective of late when run by his son, Kyle, who has a better job in Atlanta. This won't stop teams from at least kicking the tires, though. After recent successes by Pete Carroll and Bruce Arians, older, more seasoned head coaches are coming back around. They won't be ignored like they used to be.
Though NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Campbell is not considered a legitimate candidate, he will get the opportunity to make his case for the full-time job when he's interviewed Friday. Austin's interview is scheduled for Tuesday, Rapoport said.
A Bill Parcells lineage could help Campbell at least work his way onto the new staff. Both Mike Tannenbaum, the executive vice president who was groomed by Parcells, and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross have a great respect for the Hall of Fame coach. Campbell played under Parcells in Dallas and based many of his coaching philosophies off of the legend's.
Austin, who was an especially hot candidate a year ago when Detroit was in the playoffs, is an interesting name here. During his time in Detroit, Austin got the most out of Ndamukong Suh, the Dolphins' high-priced free agent from 2015. Suh played well in Miami, but the defense as a whole was disorganized and did not complement Suh's interior pass rushing skills. At times, the Dolphins just placed Suh on the edge and let him rush the passer.
The team has weapons, including the best safety in football, Reshad Jones. The Dolphins also claimed under-performing, high upside pass rushing talent like Quinton Coples and Damontre Moore toward the end of the 2016 season.