Brad Childress, Dolphins to talk

Updated: January 13, 2011, 1:02 PM ET
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Might Brad Childress be taking his talents to South Beach?

The former Minnesota Vikings coach told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that he will interview on Saturday with the Miami Dolphins about their vacant offensive coordinator's job.

"I don't have any preconceived notions," Childress told the newspaper of the interview with the Dolphins. "If there's a good opportunity there with good people, and that's the key, I'll coach again this year. If not then I'll pass and do something next year."

Childress was fired by the Vikings after a 3-7 start this season a year after coaching Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game. He was offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles before being hired by the Vikings in 2006.

Childress is owed $3 million the next two seasons by Minnesota. If he accepts a job with another team, whatever he is paid will be subtracted from what the Vikings owe him.

"I really don't know what I want to do," Childress told the Star Tribune. "I may just sit out this year and maybe two years. But I've coached for 33 straight years and if the right position comes up, I'm going to give it strong consideration. I'm a football coach."

Miami's offense struggled last season despite an offseason trade for Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Third-year quarterback Chad Henne threw for 15 touchdowns but was intercepted 19 times; he was benched for Chad Pennington at one point.

Coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Dan Henning took much of the blame and Sparano was at the center of a messy situation after the season as the Dolphins talked with other coaching candidates while Sparano was still under contract.

Sparano eventually received a two-year extension, but Henning will not return.

Cleveland offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was in Miami on Wednesday to interview with the Dolphins for either the position of offensive coordinator or quarterbacks coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Daboll already knows the AFC East well, having been a coach in New England from 2000-2006 and with the New York Jets from 2007-2008.

Daboll was hired as Cleveland's offensive coordinator after the Browns hired former Jets coach Eric Mangini. Daboll is still under contract with Cleveland despite Mangini's firing, but is unlikely to return to the Browns once a new coach is hired.

Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett, older brother of Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, also interviewed for the Dolphins' offensive coordinator position Wednesday.

Information from ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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