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But Saban still the favorite to get job offer

Updated: December 21, 2004, 1:37 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

It remains a doubly difficult task for Miami Dolphins interim head coach Jim Bates.

But Monday night's 29-28 victory over heavily favored New England Patriots makes Tuesday's task less daunting. Still, against similarly long odds, the veteran assistant coach will try to win the hearts of Miami ownership and management. Bates will formally interview Tuesday afternoon for the job he has held on an interim bases for the past month, ESPN.com has confirmed.

Bates takes a 2-3 record into ...

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