MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins' tour of coaches made stops to
visit three more candidates Wednesday, including Detroit offensive
coordinator Mike Martz.
Owner Wayne Huizenga's private plane flew to Michigan from the
Northeast, where the Dolphins interviewed New York Giants defensive
coordinator Tim Lewis and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian
That increased to 12 the number of coaches interviewed since
Nick Saban left for Alabama a week ago.
The interviews have been conducted by Huizenga, team president
Bryan Wiedmeier and Joe Bailey, chief executive officer of Dolphins
Enterprises. The Dolphins have said they plan to narrow their list
to five candidates, then to two before making an offer.
Martz, 55, led St. Louis to the playoffs in four of his five
full seasons as head coach and reached the 2002 Super Bowl. He sat
out the last 11 games of 2005 recovering from a bacterial infection
in a heart valve, then was fired at the end of the season.
Martz's reputation as an offensive wizard makes him appealing to
the Dolphins, who have been plagued with a sputtering offense the
past three years. He helped revive the Lions' long-moribund offense
this season, and quarterback Jon Kitna threw for a career-high
Lewis, 45, joined the Giants as coordinator in 2004 and has been
considered for head coaching jobs the past three offseasons.
The 33-year-old Schottenheimer, son of San Diego coach Marty
Schottenheimer, is the Dolphins' youngest candidate and has been
with the Jets for only one season.
"Brian did a great job this year," Jets general manager Mike
Tannenbaum said. "Given his background and given who he has worked
for, he is deserving of the opportunity to interview for the job,
and that is a credit to him."
Other candidates include Southern California coach Pete Carroll,
who was interviewed last weekend while on vacation in Costa Rica.
Carroll said Tuesday he expects to remain at USC, but was intrigued
that Huizenga spoke of giving his new coach complete control of the
organization, as Saban had.
"This was the only time I've even thought about talking with
anybody [from the NFL]," Carroll said. "Here's a situation where
a guy would give a head coach the opportunity to do anything he
wanted to do. He's an awesome guy."
The Dolphins have also interviewed their defensive coordinator,
Dom Capers, former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr., Georgia Tech
coach Chan Gailey, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken
Whisenhunt, San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Minnesota
Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, and two Chicago Bears
assistants: defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and offensive
coordinator Ron Turner.