The Miami Dolphins have been asked to interview Los Angeles Rams coach Thomas Brown, who is familiar with South Florida from the three seasons he spent at the University of Miami as one of the assistants to Mark Richt.
Brown, who was named assistant coach of the Rams last season – in his second season with the team – is a former NFL tailback who has spent the last decade working quickly on coaching ranks. .
His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs tailback was the team’s strength and fitness coach in 2011.
He spent the next three seasons at three different colleges – Chattanooga, Marshall and Wisconsin – coaching tailbacks before returning to Georgia in 2015, a season before joining Richt in Miami as Hurricane Offensive Coordinator and running backs coach. .
Brown left UM to join the South Carolina coaching staff in 2019, and left the university ranks to join the Rams in 2020.
The 35-year-old, who spent two seasons as an NFL player in the Atlanta Falcons injury reserve and on the Cleveland Browns practice team in 2009, has never served as a coach.
But insiders around the league see him as a young, growing talent, and the latest fruit to be picked up by coach Sean McVay, who has already produced Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur. Bengals Zac Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley.
Brown becomes the seventh coaching candidate scheduled to meet with Dolphins owner Steve Ross, General Manager Chris Grier, and his research committee on the holiday set up to replace Brian Flores, who was fired Monday at the conclusion of its third season.
Flores, who has set a 24-25 record in his three seasons, has been left out due to the Dolphins ’offensive struggles this season, and his troubled relationship with Ross, Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who all painted Flores as a hard man to work with. with.
The other six known contenders are three offensive coordinators – Brian Daboll of Buffalo, Mike McDaniel of Dallas of San Francisco and Kellen Moore of Dallas – and three defensive coordinators – Vance Joseph of Arizona, Dan Quinn of Dallas and Leslie Frazier of Buffalo.
Joseph, Quinn and Frazier have been head coaches in the NFL.
Joseph, who spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins ’defensive coordinator, had an 11-21 record in his two seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Quinn, who also had a brief stint with the Dolphins during the 2005-06 Nick Saban era, produced a 46-44 record during his six seasons with the Falcons. And Frazier broke a 21-33-1 record with the Minnesota Vikings.
All seven known candidates are participating in the postseason, and will not be available for interview until early next week.
Ross leaned toward youth recruitment, joining types during his previous research, but the failures of Joe Philbin, Adam Gase and Flores, who he teamed up with as coaches for the first time, could encourage the tycoon real estate to get away from his. preference.
The Dolphins have one of eight head coaching vacancies, and most teams are judging for the same candidates, so it’s possible Miami will be forced to step down soon. However, the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings are also looking for CEOs, so the domino may need to fall apart before making a coaching hire.
That leaves Miami competing with the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders, who advance to the playoffs with interim coach Rich Bisaccia as their boss, competing for hot candidates.
Flores is supposedly in the mix for the vacant New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.