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5 coaches the Miami Dolphins should not hire for the vacancy

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Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph looks on during a practice at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe on August 31, 2021.
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Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph looks on during a practice at the Cardinals training facility in Tempe on August 31, 2021.
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The Miami Dolphins are going to hit head coaching search circuit any day now. They are lining up interviews but these five should be hard no’s.

We hear names like Jim Harbaugh and Brian Daboll. We hear Mike McDaniel and Jim Caldwell, even a Doug Pederson but we also hear other names as well and in some ways, they should make you stop and think.

Vance Joseph – Arizona DC

Joseph has been a coach with the Dolphins and he left after one season in the DC position to become the Denver Broncos head coach. In some ways, he fits the profile of a former HC that could use a second shot but at the same time, does he really deserve a second shot?

Of all the candidates that are available, Joseph may be the least ready to return to the role of HC. The problem and in may ways a reason why the Dolphins are becoming a team ready to give him that shot, is Chris Grier.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Grier has a high respect for Joseph and he tends to favor those feelings. If Joseph is the next head coach, I would tend to believe that he and Grier will be looking for new jobs in another year or two. Stephen Ross needs to say no.

Dennis Allen – New Orleans DC

In many ways, Allen is a good head coaching candidate but there are legit questions about the staff he could build in Miami. His defense in New Orleans was good but was it so good that he should be propelled to another shot as a head coach? Probably not.

Allen got a raw deal in Oakland with the Raiders but I’m not so sure that given that situation prepared him any more to be a head coach again down the road. His two years with the Raiders was not good and he may not be the answer for the Dolphins either.

Byron Leftwich – Tampa OC

Leftwich had a decent NFL career with the Jaguars and if any team is going to give him a shot at an HC job, it should be them. There are a lot of people singing his praises for the work he has done with Jameis Winston and Tom Brady but his Super Bowl came with Brady who brought his own style of play to the Buccaneers. How much Leftwich had in that offensive success is anyones guess and my guess would be that it was more Tom Brady and Bruce Arians.

There will be a time for him to get his shot but it shouldn’t be this year and it shouldn’t be the Dolphins.

Josh McDaniels – NE OC

Is there a coach out there who has so much good going for him but still a lot of question marks? Can any team truly rely on him agreeing to take the job and not backing out or quitting later? If that isn’t enough, the Dolphins should write everyone off that has anything to do with the Patriots.

McDaniels, like the other head coaches who have coached before, ultimately failed but his ego is a big reason for his failure and if anyone believes that he has grown from that, they would be wrong. Bill Belichick doesn’t produce quality coaches outside of New England.

Kellen Moore – Dallas OC

This won’t sit well with many Dolphins fans but Moore shouldn’t be the next head coach of the Dolphins. He is young and has a good head on his shoulders but the “boy genius” as some have called him still needs more time before he is ready to take over a franchise.

Moore will one day get to be a head coach and he could develop into a very good one. If I were a betting man, I would say his best shot at the job would be in another two years, right now, it’s too early for him. He has been serving as the Cowboys OC since 2019 and this year the Cowboys had one of the best offenses in the league. I still think it might be too soon considering that his coaching resume only started a year before that as a QB coach for the Cowboys.

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Heat rally falls short in 110-108 loss to Hawks

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An exhilarating rally fell just short of a memorable road victory, as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat ran a perfectly executed play that could have been the game winner against the host Atlanta Hawks. Instead, Butler’s close shot rolled off the rim and the Hawks held on for the 110-108 victory Friday night.

Miami only held a brief lead seconds into the game but Atlanta controlled most of the game until they nearly fell apart in the final six minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-pointer that had them within six points with three minutes remaining and another that trimmed the lead to just one point with less than a minute remaining.

Young’s two free throws gave Atlanta their biggest lead of the night at 18 points near the end of the third quarter, but Miami showed resilience to get so frustratingly close to stealing the win. Unfortunately the Heat ran out of time with the margin of error so razor thin and every play needing to be executed perfectly. After two Butler free throws and Robinson’s 3 cut the deficit to one point, Butler curled off a screen at the top of the key and seemingly had the easy alley-oop basket that didn’t go in. Young split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie it or take the lead but the play went nowhere fast, ending with Butler missing a difficult 3-point shot attempt in the corner and Max Strus missing a fallaway putback jumper.

Even though they were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter, Atlanta held on to secure their third straight home victory and avoided losing to Miami for the third time in less than two weeks. Young scored 28 points and went 12-15 from the free throw line — earning more free throw attempts than the Heat as a team.

Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both were unavailable and PJ Tucker injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

Adebayo had another strong game, leading his team with 21 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists. Max Strus scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half. Butler contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Gabe Vincent started once again and scored 14 points and had nine assists.

The loss drops the Heat to third in the East, just percentage points behind the Chicago Bulls, who lost to the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Both teams are now half a game behind the Brooklyn Nets.

Miami returns home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBA TV.

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Video: Trae Young talks trash to Bam Adebayo, proceeds to break Duncan Robinson ankles and sink 3

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  • Updated: January 21, 2022

Bam Adebayo and Trae Young

The Miami Heat are looking to continue their ascent in the Eastern Conference standings tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

At one point, big man Bam Adebayo talked trash to Hawks star Trae Young, and shortly afterward, Young responded by putting a move on Duncan Robinson.

Bam Adebayo talking trash to Trae Young, here’s what Trae did in response: pic.twitter.com/oAX5uGVWhb

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 22, 2022

Adebayo recently returned after missing several weeks due to a thumb injury. Needless to say, he is a major part of Miami’s championship aspirations.

The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the East, but the Bulls hold the tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, the Hawks, just one season removed from a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, are sputtering with a 19-25 record.

Young is having a banner season, as he’s averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. His efficiency from the field has also improved significantly compared to last season.

As of this writing, the Heat are trailing the Hawks by a sizable margin in the fourth quarter. With Chicago battling the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Miami has a great opportunity to perhaps take over first place in the conference.

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Swim & Dive Hosts FGCU on Senior Day this Saturday

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MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2022) – The FIU women’s swimming and diving team hosts its last home dual-meet of the season this Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Panthers welcome FGCU to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center on Senior Day.


 


The Panthers and Eagles are set to begin competition at 11 a.m. ET.

FIU will honor its nine seniors before the meet with the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.


 

FOLLOW LIVE


A live stream will be available via the FIU Athletics Facebook page. Live results can also be tracked via the Meet Mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android users.


 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


The meet will run the standard 16 event format including two relays, 12 individual swimming events, as well as the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The order of events is as follows:

200 Medley Relay


3m Diving (Will run concurrently with swimming)


1000 Freestyle


200 Freestyle


100 Backstroke


100 Breaststroke


200 Butterfly


50 Freestyle


1m Diving

20-minute break


100 Freestyle


200 Backstroke


200 Breaststroke


500 Freestyle


100 Butterfly


400 Individual Medley


200 Freestyle Relay


 

MEET PREVIEW


FIU enters the competition with a 4-1 overall record in dual meets this year. In their last head-to-head competition, the Panthers defeated Marshall by a score of 178-122 (Dec. 17). Saturday’s contest will mark the second time FIU sees FGCU this season. Back on Nov. 6, FIU defeated FGCU on the road by a score of 189.5 to 110.5. 

The Eagles have competed in three dual meets this season and dropped all of them, owning a 0-3 record on the year. Besides the result against FIU, the Eagles were also defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (100-198) and Vanderbilt (143-151).   

FIU holds a four-meet win streak in dual contests against FGCU dating back to the 2018-19 season.


 

UP NEXT


The Panthers hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 29, for a dual-meet against Conference USA foe FAU. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET in Boca Raton.

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Get all the latest information on the team by following on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive), Facebook @FIUSwimmingandDiving) and on Instagram (@FIUSwimDive). General athletic news can also be found at @FIUSports on Facebook and @FIUAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.


 

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