No coaching change

Two local television stations sent reporters to do live reports from Dolphins training camp Monday, and it wasn't to hear Coach Dave Wannstedt talk about the team's latest loss. Rather, they were there in case the Dolphins were ready to announce a coaching change, more precisely that Wannstedt had been fired. But there was no such announcement.

There was plenty of speculation about Wannstedt's status after Sunday's 24-23 loss to Arizona, which dropped the Dolphins' record to a league-worst 1-8.

Shoot, there was even speculation before the game started.

Such is the state of the Dolphins these days. But there was no announcement of any kind.

There was no word from owner Wayne Huizenga, and Wannstedt said Monday he had not talked to him since they both spent some time with former coach Don Shula prior to Sunday's game.

Wannstedt said the conversation was about the upcoming bye week and the next game against the Seattle Seahawks, coming up Nov. 21.

Wannstedt refused to address questions about his status on Monday, saying the focus should be on the team and the players.

After later being asked whether he had been told by Huizenga he would finish out the season, Wannstedt said he already had addressed the issue and put a quick end to the press conference.

In case you're wondering, local media already came up with candidates to be the interim coach if something happened to Wannstedt, and the names were defensive coordinator Jim Bates and quarterback coach Marc Trestman.

But, by all appearances at this time, it doesn't look like a coaching change will be made during the season.


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