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Biggest reasons for hope in Dolphins' coaching search

The Miami Dolphins' coaching search is underway, and this will be the most important decision the team makes for the next 3-4 years.

Earlier Wednesday, we examined reasons for concern during their search. Now, let's look at reasons to be hopeful that Miami can land the right head coach:

No. 1: Mike Tannenbaum's connections

The Dolphins vice president has a tremendous rapport within the coaching community, which bodes well for Miami. After Tannenbaum's stint with the New York Jets, he was successful as an agent for top coaches and that offers the team more credibility among candidates. Owner Stephen Ross has had issues securing both coaches and general managers in the past. Tannenbaum's job is to be the buffer and try to lure one of those top coaches to run his team.

No. 2: Top-10 draft pick

Miami's next coach will have an opportunity to add a major piece to the puzzle in the NFL draft. Miami holds the No. 8 overall pick, which is the first time since 2012 that the team has been in the top 10. The Dolphins selected quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 pick that year. The Dolphins have clearly-defined needs, such as linebacker and the offensive line. But they really could use a dynamic talent in several positions and go a variety of ways. They have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL and likely will get younger after veteran cuts. The next coach has a chance to mold this team.

No. 3: Plenty of resources

Owner Stephen Ross spares no expense when it comes to his team. One example is the Dolphins have an extensive sports science department. Do these things mean much in terms of wins and losses? That's probably a debate for another time. But what is important is whether coaching candidates are impressed by the resources they may not be able to get with other teams. Ross also is likely willing to spend top dollar to get the right coach to run his franchise.