Martz, Schottenheimer, Lewis talk about Fins job

Updated: January 10, 2007, 7:26 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins' tour of coaches made stops to visit three more candidates Wednesday, including Detroit offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

Owner Wayne Huizenga's private plane flew to Michigan from the Northeast, where the Dolphins interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

That increased to 12 the number of coaches interviewed since Nick Saban left for Alabama a week ago.

The interviews have been conducted by Huizenga, team president Bryan Wiedmeier and Joe Bailey, chief executive officer of Dolphins Enterprises. The Dolphins have said they plan to narrow their list to five candidates, then to two before making an offer.

Martz, 55, led St. Louis to the playoffs in four of his five full seasons as head coach and reached the 2002 Super Bowl. He sat out the last 11 games of 2005 recovering from a bacterial infection in a heart valve, then was fired at the end of the season.

Martz's reputation as an offensive wizard makes him appealing to the Dolphins, who have been plagued with a sputtering offense the past three years. He helped revive the Lions' long-moribund offense this season, and quarterback Jon Kitna threw for a career-high 4,208 yards.

Lewis, 45, joined the Giants as coordinator in 2004 and has been considered for head coaching jobs the past three offseasons.

The 33-year-old Schottenheimer, son of San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer, is the Dolphins' youngest candidate and has been with the Jets for only one season.

"Brian did a great job this year," Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said. "Given his background and given who he has worked for, he is deserving of the opportunity to interview for the job, and that is a credit to him."

Other candidates include Southern California coach Pete Carroll, who was interviewed last weekend while on vacation in Costa Rica. Carroll said Tuesday he expects to remain at USC, but was intrigued that Huizenga spoke of giving his new coach complete control of the organization, as Saban had.

"This was the only time I've even thought about talking with anybody [from the NFL]," Carroll said. "Here's a situation where a guy would give a head coach the opportunity to do anything he wanted to do. He's an awesome guy."

The Dolphins have also interviewed their defensive coordinator, Dom Capers, former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora Jr., Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, and two Chicago Bears assistants: defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Ron Turner.

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