Here is what's next on the Dolphins agenda
Nope. Not yet.
Next up on the agenda after the Dolphins hired Tony Sparano Wednesday is filling out the coaching staff and that is already underway.
Everybody is reporting that Dallas assistant Todd Bowles could join the Miami staff as an assistant head coach in charge of the secondary while Dallas assistant and former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni also is likely coming as the defensive coordinator or linebackers coach or both.
But I am now told both coaches have been offered contract extensions by the Cowboys, and as Jason Garrett proved, it is hard to leave Jerry Jones when he REALLY wants to retain a coach. So this isn't necessarily a done deal.
Beyond that look for former Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Maser to get the offensive line job. Maser coached with Sparano in Jacksonville in 2002.
Former offensive line coach Hudson Houck is headed to Dallas to coach their offensive line.
And don't be surprised if the offensive coordinator job is not filled immediately or at least until the New York Giants are eliminated from the playoffs. That's because Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer may be headed to the Dolphins as their offensive coordinator.
Palmer, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, hired Sparano at Boston University and took him in tow when he became head coach in Cleveland. Palmer also worked under Bill Parcells in 2006 and is from that familiar coach tree, having also worked for Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville as well as New York.
Kacy Rodgers, whose contract with the Dallas Cowboys expires, is a possibility as a defensive line coach while Cleveland defensive assistant Bob Trott is also a candidate somewhere on defense. I also wouldn't be surprised if former Dolphins assistant Clarence Brooks, who coached with Sparano in Cleveland in 1999 and was fired when Baltimore cleaned house this year, calls the Miami coach about a job.
Remember all the rumors that Maurice Carthon would be a candidate to join the Dolphins based on his long-standing relationship with Parcells as a player as well as a coach? Well, come to find out Carthon fell out of favor with Parcells in 2005 when he left the Big Tuna to join Romeo Crennel's staff in Cleveland.
So Carthon, now in Arizona, isn't likely to be joining the Dolphins.
A note: I know a lot of you have complained that whatever staff Sparano and Parcells compile won't have the experience of many other NFL staffs.
Well, last season the Dolphins had four, count 'em four, current or former NFL head coaches on the staff including Dom Capers, Cameron, Mike Mularkey and Terry Robiskie. How'd all that experience work out for them?