We’ve all heard the expression “waiting for Mr. Right” or “waiting for Mrs. Right.” When you’re looking for that perfect match in your personal life, sometimes you need to sort through all the mismatches and bad experiences to finally find the right person for you. Sometimes after a break up, it can take weeks, months, or even years to finally find that perfect match.
In the case of the Miami Dolphins, however, “waiting for Mr. Right” has never been the motto of the franchise. But this season is different. The 2019 Dolphins are showing more patience to get the guy they want and they are waiting longer than they have in many seasons before.
Think back to as recently as when Adam Gase was hired to fill the coaching vacancy for the Dolphins to replace interim coach Dan Campbell. Miami's final game of that season was on January 1, 2016, and Gase was hired on January 9, 2016, which meant the Dolphins top brass took eight days to interview their candidates and decide on Gase.
Or, go back even further to the 2011 season when Joe Philbin was brought in to lead the team. Remember that this coaching change occurred after the blown attempt to bring in Jim Harbaugh while Tony Sparano was leading the team. The prior season also ended on January 1, and Philbin was officially hired on January 20 after multiple attempts to bring in other coaches. (Yes, this was a longer timeframe, but that was because the Dolphins were chasing after coaches who did not want to coach for the Dolphins)
And, before that, you had Cam Cameron fired on January 3, 2008 to be replaced by Tony Sparano on January 16, a difference of 13 days.
The Miami Dolphins are now at the 20-day mark since the last game of the 2018 season and they are 19 days without a head football coach. It’s pretty clear, based on reports, that New England Patriots de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores will be the guy to fill the role.
With the Patriots still in the playoffs, Miami Dolphins fans have more of a reason to root against the Patriots this weekend. Not only would watching the Patriots lose an opportunity to play in the Super Bowl be satisfying for many Fins fans (and everyone else in the country not in New England), but the Dolphins could move on with their lives with their new coach.
Fins fans can only hope that when the Patriots do finally lose, that Brian Flores is as prepared to coach the team as he was prepared for the Dolphins coaching interview. And fans can only hope that he has his team of coaches and coordinators selected and ready to go. And, most importantly, Dolphins fans will hope that” Waiting for Mr. Right” this time around will result in future success for the team and franchise.
The Dolphins fanbase can’t handle another messy breakup.
This story was written by Ian Berger. Follow him on Twitter: @ian693
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