Jim Mora.

Three candidates in running for Miami Dolphins head coaching role

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The Miami Dolphins, after a underwhelming 2015 season, will be searching for a new head coach come the offseason with first Joe Philbin, and then interim HC Dan Campbell failing to find the secret to a winning record.

But just who do the South Florida franchise have in mind for the position?

Well, according to Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson, there are three names that find themselves at the head of the shortlist at present.


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Jackson reported today that the Dolphins hierarchy "have interest" in current New Orleans Saints head coach, Sean Payton, whilst both Jim Mora - head coach at UCLA - and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson are also under consideration.

Let's take a look at how the three men compare, and what they can bring to a franchise that undoubtedly has potential to succeed.

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Sean Payton

Record in current job - 84-52

The most high profile of the three options, Payton will be in high demand should he leave New Orleans at the end of the season, as rumored.

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He turned around the Saints into a Super Bowl winning team, and would bring a boatload of NFL experience with him to Miami.

Known for his complex but successful offensive play-calling, he could be the man to make use of the numerous offensive tools (Tannehill, Landry, Parker, Cameron) currently on Miami's roster.

Jim Mora

Record in current job - 37 - 15

Mora, like Payton, has NFL head coaching experience having had spells with the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks - although he only has one winning season in four (2004 with the Falcons) in the pros.

Since taking over at UCLA, he has had four straight winning seasons, however.


Mora also has links with current Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum, having been an assistant coach in New Orleans when the latter was employed at the franchise.

Hue Jackson

Record in current job 19-7-1 (as offensive coordinator since 2014)

Jackson, in his role as OC, has turned the Bengals into one of the most potent offenses in the NFL - his reputation growing with every game.

Like current interim boss, Dan Campbell, Jackson is known as a 'player's coach' and could certainly help the team fulfil its potential on the offensive side of the ball.

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He has one season - 2008 with the Oakland Raiders - experience as an NFL head coach, too, so it wouldn't be a total gamble to hand him the top job.

Next man up

Just who Miami opt to go for in 2016 remains to be seen.

What is clear, though, from the names believed to be in the running is that the franchise is leaning towards an offensive-minded coach.

Dolphins fans: Who do you want to see take over in 2016? Have your say in the comments below...

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