Miami Dolphins interviewed former Alabama assistant for head coaching job, per report
The Miami Dolphins considered reuniting Tua Tagovailoa with one of his former Alabama coaches. Mike Locksley interviewed for the Dolphins head coaching job, according to a report from On3’s Matt Zenitz.
Zenitz shared the tidbit on the news that Locksley signed a new 5-year deal as the head coach at Maryland.
A note on Locksley:
Prior to the Miami Dolphins hiring Mike McDaniel, Locksley — who coached Miami QB Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama — was among the coaches to interview for the Dolphins head coaching job https://t.co/2QTUXvwjtk
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 30, 2022
Locksley was Alabama’s offensive coordinator for Tagovailoa’s 2018 season, in which the standout quarterback threw for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns, earning national player of the year recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Sporting News.
The Locksley interview is interesting considering the questions about the Dolphins’ long-term commitment to Tagovailoa, their first-round, No. 5 overall pick in 2020. Miami was widely reported to be interested in acquiring Deshaun Watson via trade. Watson landed with the Cleveland Browns.
Locksley got into coaching in 1992 following his playing career as a defensive back at Towson (1988-91). Locksley is 15-49 overall as a head coach. Maryland has posted a 13-23 record the last 3 seasons under Locksley. He guided the Terrapins to a 7-6 record, capped by a win in the Pinstripe Bowl, in 2021.
The Dolphins went with Mike McDaniel, formerly the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator, as their head coach.