The Miami Dolphins requested an interview with Los Angeles Rams coach Thomas Brown, who is familiar with South Florida from his three seasons at the University of Miami as one of Mark Richt’s assistants.
Brown, who was named the Rams’ assistant coach last offseason – his second season with the team – is a former NFL quarterback who has spent the last decade rising quickly through the ranks.
His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs quarterback was the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2011.
He spent the next three seasons at three different colleges – Chattanooga, Marshall and Wisconsin – coaching defensive end players before returning to Georgia in 2015, the season before he joined Richt in Miami as the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and running coach. .
Brown left UM to join the South Carolina coaching staff in 2019 and left the college ranks to join the Rams in 2020.
The 35-year-old, who spent two seasons in the NFL with the injured Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns practice team in 2009, has never been a head coach.
But league insiders see him as a young, rising talent and the latest fruit to pluck from Sean McVeigh’s coaching tree, which has already produced Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, Bengals coach Zack Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley.
Brown becomes the seventh coaching nominee expected to face Dolphins owner Steve Ross, general manager Chris Grier and their search committee over a vacancy created to replace Brian Flores, who was fired on Monday at the conclusion of his third season.
Flores, who compiled a 24-25 record in his three seasons, was fired due to the Dolphins’ offensive struggles this season and his difficult relationship with Ross, Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who all portrayed Flores as a difficult man. with.
The other six known contenders are three offensive coordinators – Brian Daball of Buffalo, Mike McDaniel of San Francisco of Dallas 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 were NFL head coaches.
Joseph, who spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, went 11–21 in two seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Quinn, who also had a brief stint with the Dolphins during the Nick Saban era of 2005–06, compiled a 46–44 record in six seasons with the Falcons. And Frazier posted a 21-33-1 record with the Minnesota Vikings.
All seven known candidates are participating in the postseason and will not be available for interviews until early next week.
Ross has been leaning towards hiring young up-and-comers during his previous searches, but the failures of Joe Philbin, Adam Geis and Flores, whom he hired as rookie head coaches, may prompt the real estate mogul to deviate from his plans. preference.
The Dolphins have one of eight head coach vacancies, and most teams are competing for the same candidates, so it’s possible that Miami will be forced to act quickly. However, the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are also looking for general managers, so the dominoes may have to fall before they hire coaches.
So Miami is up against the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, and possibly the Las Vegas Raiders, who are going into the playoffs with interim coach Rich Bisaccia as the leader, competing for hot candidates.
Presumably, Flores is applying for a job with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.