Numerous sources are informing Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross chats with former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini on a consistent basis to get his insight on the Dolphins. Apparently, Mangini tells Ross his thoughts concerning multiple areas, including coaching. This is intriguing when you consider Mangini isn’t around the club, its game plans, or injury matters and other important issues both on and off the field.
Despite this relationship and the fact Ross holds Mangini’s advice in high regard, the ex-Patriot defensive coordinator is NOT a candidate for the Dolphins coaching job either on an interim basis should Tony Sparano be fired before the end of the season, or as a long-term choice following the season should the Dolphins continue to falter.
In conclusion: Team owner Stephen Ross is getting feedback from a coach he will not hire to replace a coach he might possibly fire soon. Translation: Sparano is on his way out, sooner rather than later, and Mangini will end up coaching somewhere; whether it be in South Beach or not, sooner rather than later. Simply put, the Dolphins have not been content with their coach/QB combo since the end of last season, yet, they haven’t made any changes to address their concerns – (ie: didn’t draft a QB/trade for Kyle Orton or Carson Palmer; sought Jim Harbaugh/Jon Gruden as Sparano’s replacement).