Miami Dolphins want Harbaugh

So what if they already have a coach; the Miami Dolphins want a new one.

Dismissing the idea that interviewing potential head coaches while you still have Tony Sparano earning a paycheck goes against typical NFL conduct, the Dolphins have set their fins on Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh and are prepared to offer him a contract worth $8 million per season, league sources said Thursday.

Jim Harbaugh led Stanford to a 12-1 record and a 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech this season.
Jim Harbaugh led Stanford to a 12-1 record and a 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech this season. (Matt York/Associated Press)

After getting the big N.O. from Jon Gruden, who sources say was offered $7 million per season, Dolphins owner Steve Ross (not Jennifer Lopez or Serena Williams), general manager Jeff Ireland and team consultant Carl Peterson, flew to California late Wednesday to meet with Harbaugh on Thursday.

Ross, Ireland and Dolphins CEO Mike Dee were on the Stanford sideline before Monday’s Orange Bowl in Miami.

As for Sparano?

Him and his staff are waiting around for a decision.

One league source said that the Dolphins behavior will stick with them, and that no coach will ever be able to fully trust them or Jeff Ireland again.

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