Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wheels Are in Motion: Capers Locked In

The Dolphins have reached an agreement with defensive coordinator Dom Capers on a deal that will make him the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL.

This is a great move by Huizenga and his boys.

Number One: It means we get to keep one of the best assistant coaches in the NFL without making him the full on head coach. I have always said that I'd love it if Capers stayed with the Dolphins but only as defensive coordinator. Capers was the lone standout from the entire 2006 coaching staff and as I -- and you, dear readers and commenters -- have been saying all along: keeping Capers in Miami was a top priority. Done and done.

Number Two: It now becomes imperative that the Fins bring in a offensive mind to be the head coach. ESPN's Chris Mortensen is also reporting that New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenhenheimer has emerged among the 5 finalists for the Fins ' head coaching position. Mort also said that Chan Gailey and Cam Cameron also are believed to be finalists for the Dolphins' job.

So everything here pretty much rocks. Except the Chan Gailey thing. What in the wide wide world of sports is Gailey's name doing among the finalists???

I do like Brian Schottenhenheimer a lot. As Jason and Jay pointed out yesterday in the comments, Schottenheimer is a solid dark horse candidate who helped a Jets offense over-achieve this season. Good call, fellas!

Update: The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Brian Schottenheimer will have a second interview with the Dolphins on Tuesday.

Also, is guessing that Chan Gailey is going to be the Fins' man. Mind you, it's just a guess on their part. But when I read that, it made me throw up in my mouth a little.

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And I agree, this def calls for a offensive minded coach. What I am wondering is if Wayne would have signed Dom to this large of a deal if he didn't already have a coach in place or a serious one picked out of that list of 4 or 5. Anyone we are hiring could have easily said, "I will not coach the Dolphins unless Capers is back" and boom WH would have pulled the trigger.

Regardless, it aint my money. Great move Wayne!
Great signing indeed! Capers is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL today. I was afraid he might have taken another job or feel insulted for not being offered the HC spot. Just shows he's happy here in SoFla. He does have a home in Jacksonville. This is excellent news. I'm also happy that Schottenheimer has a shot at the job. Like Tomlin, he's a rising star among NFL assistants. The Jets are already on record saying that losing him would be a blow.
Yes! Very happy about locking up Capers. Not so happy about the Gailey thing. My Cowboys fan buddy laughed at the thought. Hope Wayne makes the wisest choice here.

Either way, this is good news for the defense in that there won't be much flux there even with a new regime. We just need an offense-minded coach to balance things out. But so far so good.
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