TORONTO - The Dolphins are putting on a power play in a late attempt to woo Stanford's Jim Harbaugh.
Owner Steve Ross has traveled to the West Coast, along with GM Jeff Ireland and were to meet with Harbaugh Thursday.
The Dolphins are reported to be willing to pay $7-$8 million which would make Harbaugh the NFL's highest paid head coach.
If Harbaugh bites it would leave the 49ers job open and sources indicate they may turn to Josh McDaniels, recently fired in Denver as a second choice.
The nasty side of the Miami situation is that while they've been publicly kissing up to Harbaugh they have left current coach Tony Sparano twisting in the ill wind.
They haven't fired him but it seems almost impossible for him to return next season even if the Harbaugh talks fall flat. More than that, why would Sparano even want to come back after seeing how little confidence his bosses appear to have in his ability to do the job?
This is a mess. Much of it created by the club owner himself. And, it could get a lot messier.
In Atlanta, offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey has told the Broncos he won't interview for their head coaching job until the season ends for the Falcons. In Houston, Wade Phillips signed as defensive coordinator. The deal reportedly is worth $2.1 million over three years, making Phillips the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the NFL.
In Jacksonville, Giants defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell has moved to the head of the list of candidates. Owner Jerry Richardson is targeting "leaders, not celebrities," and Fewell fits the bill as a Tom Coughlin protege who's paid his dues as a 13-year NFL assistant.
The Cowboys took the interim tag off Jason Garrett, naming him the eighth head coach in franchise history yesterday. He is the first former Cowboys player to get the job. He plans to continue in his dual role as head coach and offensive coordinator.