Tomlin Likely Off Miami Radar

Days after speculation began heating up that Mike Tomlin could be in line for the Miami coaching job, weekend events took a turn that make that prospect much less likely.

Sooner or later, the Vikings are going to lose defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. One of the hot names in coaching circles and viewed as one of the top young "up and comers" among NFL assistant coaches, Tomlin was the subject of considerable debate when it was announced last week that the Dolphins were asking him for a second round of interviews.

While there remains the possibility that he still has a chance to be the head coach, a Dolphins signing over the weekend casts some serious doubt on that. The Dolphins gave special assistant Dom Capers a three-year, $8 million extension -- making him the highest paid assistant coach in NFL history.

Why is that bad news for Tomlin? Capers, a former NFL head coach himself, is known for his knowledge of defense. The speculation is that, by not only retaining Capers but giving him a lucrative contract extension, the Dolphins will be looking for a head coach whose background is on offense. It makes sense, because overloading on the defensive side of the ball isn't the most pressing need considering that the defense has been the strength of the Dolphins the past few seasons and the offense has been what is lacking.

While the Dolphins' final decision likely won't include a job offer to Tomlin, he has been able to get his foot in the door and make a name for himself around the corridors of power in the NFL. It's only going to be a matter of time until Tomlin gets hired on as a head coach and, if the Vikings defense continues to improve as it did in 2006, that wait won't be very long.

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