Dolphins bring in Cameron for second interview

Updated: January 17, 2007, 11:23 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Perhaps signaling that the team is moving toward a resolution in its search for a new head coach, Miami Dolphins officials met on Wednesday night for a second time with San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, the latest and possibly final candidate to be granted a follow-up interview.

Because of poor weather, Cameron's flight into South Florida was delayed for several hours, but he was scheduled to dine with general manager Randy Mueller, and the interview was to carry over into Thursday. In recent days, Dolphins officials conducted a second-round of interviews with former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora, former Alabama coach Mike Shula and Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey.

The Dolphins met with at least 13 candidates in the initial round of interviews, then narrowed the number of men vying for the right to succeed Nick Saban.

Cameron's first interview with the Dolphins, believed to have been conducted on the West Coast, came shortly after Saban left the team to accept the Alabama head coach job. That interview took place during the Chargers' playoff bye week. According to league rules, the Dolphins could not meet with Cameron again until San Diego was eliminated from the playoffs.

San Diego's season ended Sunday with a divisional-round loss to New England.

Despite contentions by Dolphins president Bryan Wiedmeier that there was "no timetable" for filling the job, there were indications Miami might be moving toward a decision. There are stipulations in Gailey's agreement with Georgia Tech that limit his window of opportunity for seeking an NFL position, and the deadline is imminent.

Cameron, 45, is an eight-year NFL veteran. He worked three seasons with the Washington Redskins (1994-96) and then joined the San Diego staff in 2002. His resume also includes college stints at Michigan and Indiana. He was the head coach at Indiana 1997-2001, but won only 18 games in five seasons.

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