The Miami Dolphins are casting a wide net in their search for an offensive coordinator, speaking to coaches from all corners.
Some are younger. Some are older. Some are assistants on the rise. And, in the case of the latest name, a fired head coach.
Brad Childress told Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman he would interview with the Dolphins on Saturday. The Dolphins have openings after offensive coordinator Dan Henning retired and quarterbacks coach David Lee left for Ole Miss.
The Dolphins already have spoken to San Diego Chargers tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski, Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett, Hartford Colonials head coach Chris Palmer and former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
Childress is the biggest -- and most controversial -- name to surface so far.
He had a tumultuous turn as Minnesota Vikings head coach. His job there will forever be remembered for his handling of Brett Favre the past two seasons. Childress seemed to surrender power in his attempts to appease the legendary quarterback. A series of missteps made Childress look like a bumbler until he was fired during the season.
Childress as offensive coordinator is curious because he hasn't been a successful playcaller in the NFL. He initially became a commodity as the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterbacks coach, working with Donovan McNabb.
But when Childress was the Eagles' offensive coordinator, head coach Andy Reid called the plays. Shortly after Childress left for the Vikings, Reid gave the duties to Childress' successor, Marty Mornhinweg.
Childress, who favors a power-running version of the West Coast offense, was Minnesota's playcaller for one season before he had Darrell Bevell do it.
Perhaps the Dolphins will bring Childress aboard to mentor young, struggling quarterback Chad Henne and break up the offensive coordinator role. Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano is familiar with delegated play calling. Sparano served as the Cowboys' run-game coordinator (2005-06) and called plays (2006).