Mora considered for Miami job
Published: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 1:11 a.m.
DAVIE — Miami's list of coaching candidates is becoming longer than a Nick Saban speech.
Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, believed to be the first candidate to interview for the vacancy, met Friday with the Dolphins. They received permission to talk to Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, a former offensive coordinator in Miami.
The Dolphins also planned to interview San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner. Miami seeks a successor to Saban, who took the job with Alabama on Wednesday after two seasons in Miami.
"We have a plan that is designed to ensure that we identify and talk to a broad and diverse pool of candidates for the head coaching position," Dolphins president Bryan Wiedmeier said.
He declined to discuss specific candidates. There's no timetable for choosing the new coach, he said.
Dolphins veteran Jason Taylor, honored Friday as NFL defensive player of the year, said he had no preference regarding the next coach.
"I just want to win," Taylor said. "I don't care who it is. There are a lot of guys who are qualified to do the job."
Mora went 26-22 in three seasons with Atlanta before he was fired Monday. He led the Falcons to the NFC championship game in his first season, but the past two years they went 4-13 during the final two months, missing the playoffs both times.
"This is a tough business, and it takes tough people, and if you can't take it, you don't belong," Mora said shortly after being fired. "My goal is to be a head coach again and work in the NFL for another 20 years."
Gailey, a former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, just completed the first year of a five-year, $5 million contract extension that ties him to Georgia Tech through 2010.
"The Dolphins' administration is aware of my knowledge of their organization and people, as well as my experience as an NFL head coach," Gailey said in a statement released by the school. "It was clear to me that they were in the process of gathering information and insight into organizational issues. I appreciate that they asked to speak with me regarding their future direction."
Whisenhunt has been the Steelers' offensive coordinator for three seasons under Bill Cowher, who resigned Friday. Whisenhunt is expected to be a candidate to succeed Cowher, and he has already interviewed with Atlanta and Arizona.—
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