Tomlin Gets Second Look

When Mike Tomlin's name came up in head coaching discussions with the Dolphins, Falcons and Steelers, many thought it was a longshot at best and that his consideration had as much to do with a league mandate to interview candidates of color than anything else. But the Miami Dolphins appear to be serious about wanting Tomlin as their potential new head coach.

The Dolphins look to be more serious than some had expected concerning the potential of hiring defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. Owner Wayne Huizenga has asked for a second interview with Tomlin, which makes him what local reports are saying are one of five finalists.

The head coaching job came open when Nick Saban bolted the Dolphins for a $40 million contract from the University of Alabama. As many as 12 candidates were interviewed, including former Vikings head coach Mike Tice.

A final decision is expected within the next few days, but it's looking more and more like Tomlin won't be with the Vikings too much longer – whether this year or perhaps next year.

FRIDAY NOTES
* Talks continue around Vikings quarterback coach Kevin Rogers being pursued by new University of Miami head coach Randy Shannon for the Hurricanes offensive coordinator position.
* Dwight Smith agreed to a plea agreement stemming from his citation last summer in the stairwell of a Minneapolis nightclub with a woman in what policed termed "lewd behavior." As part of the agreement, Smith will pay a fine of $375, pay $700 in prosecutor costs and perform 16 hours of community service.
* You have to wonder if Brad Childress is a little jealous of Marty Mornhinweg, the former Lions head coach who is now Eagles offensive coordinator. When Childress was the OC for the Eagles, head coach Andy Reid called all the plays. After the team struggled following the loss of Donovan McNabb, Mornhinweg took over the playcalling and the team has responded with six straight victories heading into New Orleans Saturday for the divisional playoff matchup with the Saints.

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