The Miami Dolphins interviewed a number of coaches for the vacancy after Brian Flores was fired, including Mike McDaniel, who eventually accepted the job. However, PFT’s Mike Florio reported earlier in the week that the Dolphins want to add Sean Payton to the roster.
Payton, who had been head coach of the New Orleans Saints, retired in late January after 16 seasons. Because he was still under contract when he retired, any team that wanted to talk to Payton had to go through the Saints to do so.
Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier confirmed that the team had better speak with Payton about his vacancy but were prevented from doing so.
The Dolphins quickly moved on and just over a week later had their new head coach.
However, Florio’s other report Monday of the Dolphins being interested in Tom Brady to be their quarterback was shot down by Grier.
The team continues to publicly say the right things to support their quarterback, but it’s interesting that they’re willing to admit there was at least one option for the head coach that they didn’t. could interview before hiring McDaniel.