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Miami Dolphins hire Joe Philbin as head coach per reports

According to multiple reports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can move on from at least one candidate in their coaching search: Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter reported that Green Bay offensive coordinator has been hired as the Miami Dolphins coach, and that has now been confirmed by multiple other journalists. The Dolphins hired Philbin despite reports that Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was the front-runner for the job.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Joe Philbin this week for their head coaching position this week, and still have not moved on to the second round of coaching interviews. With Philbin off the board, the Bucs lose one potential candidate. Besides the Bucs, the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are also looking to hire a new head coach. The Colts will interview Brad Childress and Jerry Gray among others, both of whom have also interviewed with the Bucs. The Raiders have not interviewed anyone the Bucs are interested in.

As the Bucs continue to wait on hiring a head coach, more and more candidates are taking their name off the board and the Bucs lose the opportunity to hire a few quality assistant coaches. The Bucs are expected to finalize their coaching search next week, but they don't just need a new head coach: they need an entire new coaching staff.