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Here's who Dolphins are interviewing to become next head coach

Profiles of candidates for open Miami job
Dan Quinn and Vance Joseph, interviewing for Miami Dolphins job
Posted at 3:25 PM, Jan 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-15 20:42:49-05

The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores earlier this week after three playoff-less seasons, leaving them in search of a new head coach for the ninth time since Don Shula retired in 1996.

There are currently seven candidates who have been interviewed or are being interviewed for the job, according to NFL.com.

Here is a glance at each in alphabetical order.

Thomas Brown

Los Angeles Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown on sideline in 2021
Los Angeles Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown stands on the sideline while playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif.

Age: 35

Current Team: Los Angeles Rams

Current Position: Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs Coach

Dolphins Connection: None

NFL Experience: 2 years as running back; 2 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: None

Resume:

  • Atlanta Falcons (2008)
  • Cleveland Browns (2009)
  • Georgia Bulldogs, strength and conditioning coach (2011)
  • Chattanooga Mocs, running backs coach (2012)
  • Marshall Thundering Herd running backs coach (2013)
  • Wisconsin Badgers running backs coach (2014)
  • Georgia Bulldogs running backs coach (2015)
  • Miami Hurricanes, offensive coordinator/running backs coach (2016-18)
  • South Carolina Gamecocks running backs coach (2019)
  • Los Angeles Rams running backs coach (2020)
  • Los Angeles Rams, assistant head coach/running backs coach (2021-present)

Brian Daboll

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll talks to QB Josh Allen before snow game vs. New England Patriots, Dec. 6, 2021
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen talks with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Age: 46

Current Team: Buffalo Bills

Current Position: Offensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: Spent 2011 season as offensive coordinator under Tony Sparano; coached quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in college

NFL Experience: 21 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: None

Resume:

  • Michigan State Spartans graduate assistant (1998-99)
  • New England Patriots defensive assistant (2000-01)
  • New England Patriots wide receivers coach (2002-06)
  • New York Jets quarterbacks coach (2007-08)
  • Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator (2009-10)
  • Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator (2011)
  • Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator (2012)
  • New England Patriots tight ends coach (2013-16)
  • Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2017)
  • Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator (2018-present)

Leslie Frazier

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier watches pre-game warm ups, Oct. 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier watches as players warm up before a game against the Tennessee Titans, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn.

Age: 62

Current Team: Buffalo Bills

Current Position: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: None

NFL Experience: 5 years as cornerback; 23 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: Led Minnesota Vikings to 3-3 finish as interim head coach in 2010 after Brad Childress fired; Named full-time head coach in 2011, leading Vikings to 18-29-1 record and NFC title game over next three seasons

Resume:

  • Chicago Bears (1981-85)
  • Trinity International Trojans head coach (1988-96)
  • Illinois Fighting Illini defensive backs coach (1997-98)
  • Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach (1999-2002)
  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator (2003-04)
  • Indianapolis Colts defensive assistant (2005)
  • Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach/defensive backs coach (2006)
  • Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator (2007)
  • Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2008-10)
  • Minnesota Vikings head coach (2011-13)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator (2014-15)
  • Baltimore Ravens secondary coach (2016)
  • Buffalo Bills assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2017-present)

Vance Joseph

Arizona Cardinals defesive coordinator Vance Joseph serves as acting head coach vs. Cleveland Browns in 2021
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator and acting head coach Vance Joseph looks on during the second half against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Cleveland.

Age: 49

Current Team: Arizona Cardinals

Current Position: Defensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: Spent 2016 season as defensive coordinator under Adam Gase

NFL Experience: 2 years as defensive back; 17 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: Led Denver Broncos to 11-21 record in two seasons; served as acting head coach in 37-14 win against Cleveland Browns in October after Kliff Kingsbury tested positive for COVID-19

Resume:

  • New York Jets (1995)
  • Indianapolis Colts (1996)
  • Colorado Buffaloes graduate assistant (1999-2001)
  • Colorado Buffaloes defensive backs coach (2002-03)
  • Bowling Green Falcons defensive backs coach (2004)
  • San Francisco 49ers assistant defensive backs coach (2005)
  • San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach (2006-10)
  • Houston Texans defensive backs coach (2011-13)
  • Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach (2014-15)
  • Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator (2016)
  • Denver Broncos head coach (2017-18)
  • Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator (2019-present)

Mike McDaniel

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel at news conference, July 29, 2021
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel speaks during a news conference at training camp Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Age: 38

Current Team: San Francisco 49ers

Current Position: Offensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: None

NFL Experience: 14 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: None

Resume:

  • Houston Texans offensive assistant (2006-08)
  • Sacramento Mountain Lions running backs coach (2009-10)
  • Washington Redskins offensive assistant (2011-12)
  • Washington Redskins wide receivers coach (2013)
  • Cleveland Browns wide receivers coach (2014)
  • Atlanta Falcons offensive assistant (2015-16)
  • San Francisco 49ers run game coordinator (2017-2020)
  • San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator (2021-present)

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Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, Jan. 8, 2022
Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on the sideline during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Philadelphia. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 51-26.

Age: 33

Current Team: Dallas Cowboys

Current Position: Offensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: None

NFL Experience: 6 years as quarterback; 4 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: None

Resume:

  • Detroit Lions (2012-14)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2015-17)
  • Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach (2018)
  • Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator (2019-present)

Dan Quinn

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on sideline, Jan. 2, 2022
Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, center, watches the team warm up before a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Age: 51

Current Team: Dallas Cowboys

Current Position: Defensive Coordinator

Dolphins Connection: Spent two seasons as defensive line coach under Nick Saban

NFL Experience: 19 years coaching

Previous Head Coaching Experience: Led Atlanta Falcons to 43-42 record, NFC South Division title, back-to-back playoff berths and Super Bowl appearance in five-plus seasons

Resume:

  • William & Mary Tribe defensive line coach (1994)
  • VMI Keydets defensive line coach (1995)
  • Hofstra Pride defensive line coach (1996-1999)
  • Hofstra Pride defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (2000)
  • San Francisco 49ers defensive quality control coach (2001-02)
  • San Francisco 49ers defensive line coach (2003-04)
  • Miami Dolphins defensive line coach (2005-06)
  • New York Jets defensive line coach (2007-08)
  • Seattle Seahawks assistant head coach/defensive line coach (2009-10)
  • Florida Gators defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (2011-12)
  • Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator (2013-14)
  • Atlanta Falcons head coach (2015-2020)
  • Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator (2021-present)