Linehan is among about a half-dozen candidates for that job, with the front-runner considered to be Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Along with Houston, Linehan also figures to get some consideration from the Minnesota Vikings and possibly from the Oakland Raiders.
The Minnesota connection is very obvious because that's where Linehan coached before he joined the Dolphins.
As for Oakland, owner Al Davis has had a habit of hiring offensive-minded assistants as head coaches through the years -- think Jon Gruden, Mike White and Mike Shanahan.
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With the Dolphins season now over, the 2006 list of opponents has been finalized.
Non-division opponents who will come to Miami next season include Jacksonville, Tennessee, Green Bay, Minnesota and Kansas City.
Non-division road games will be against Houston, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Keep in mind that there's a 50-50 chance the game at Detroit will be on Thanksgiving. It's either going to be that or Buffalo-Detroit, to go along with Dallas' home game that day against an NFC opponent.