Mike Zimmer Not A Finalist For The Miami Dolphins Head Coach?

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer argues with head linesman Kent Payne #79 during an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the Miami Dolphins are bringing back Todd Bowles and Mike McCoy for second interviews. La Canfora remarks that Bowles and McCoy are "believed to be the only two finalists" but he admits he's not entirely certain. Bowles took over as intern head coach on December 18, 2011 after the team fired Tony Sparano. The Miami Dolphins won two of the final three games under Bowles.

ESPN's Adam Schefter amended that, along with Bowles and McCoy, the Dolphins will also be bringing in Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin for a second interview. Schefter also makes no mention of Zimmer as a top candidate in Miami.

Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been believed to be a major favorite for the past week for the head coaching position in Miami; though he's never been named as the prime favorite. He's also a serious candidate in Tampa Bay, interviewing with the team on Tuesday.

If Zimmer returns to the Bengals, he will enter the final year of a three-year deal he signed in 2010, leading the team's defense for a fifth season.

We do have to offer caution though that La Canfora offered limited confidence in his belief that Bowles and McCoy are the only two finalists. However we have yet to hear if the Dolphins have requested a second interview with Zimmer.

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