MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) â The Miami Dolphins are just now starting their coaching search, but the winningest coach in NFL history has some early advice for the next man to lead the Fins franchise.
âSomeone asked me how you were able to coach that long and I said, âYou gotta win early and often and then you got a chance to keep your job,ââ Don Shula told CBS4âs Jim Berry Tuesday.READ MORE: Students Told To 'Hold In Place' After Black Bear Sighting Near 2 Central Florida Schools
Shula talked with CBS4 just one day after the Fins fired head coach Tony Sparano. Shula said that he âhates to see or hear about anyone getting fired in the coaching profession,â but also said that he was a good coach who faced a big challenge in Miami.
âI think heâs (Sparano) done some good things,â Shula said. âYou donât know what the talent level here with the Dolphins has been during the time that he was here compared to other teams.â
Shula, who built his teams from strong quarterback play said that only when you have your quarterback will you have success. As to where he would get the quarterback, he said the 2012 Draft could hold some gems at the most important position in the NFL.
âI would certainly see whatâs out there coming out of college in the draft,â Shula told CBS4. âI think this is a good year for quarterbacks. Andrew Luck will be long gone, but thereâs some other good ones. I think three or four are first-round draft choices.â
Shulaâs expertise at the head coaching position was referenced Monday as team president Stephen Ross said he wanted to hire a young Don Shula. The former Fins coach said he wasted no time in getting in touch with Ross after the press conference.
âI called him and said that Iâm only 81-years-old. I feel young; Iâm only 81,â Shula jokingly said.READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Job Fair On Wednesday
As the Dolphins begin their hunt for a new head coach, Shula was asked by Jim Berry about some of the names that have been thrown out. He said former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is a good football coach and questioned how Fisher ever became available in the first place.
Shula also revealed that heâs a fan of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden.
âYknow Jon, I like the way he handles himself on TV and heâs been a Super Bowl winner,â Shula said. âSo heâs been a coach thatâs won it; thatâs been there and done it. I personally think heâs going to stay in the booth.â
Berry then quizzed Shula about former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. Shula said that the only question for Cowher is does he want to get back in the hunt.
Cowher is believed to want to have total control of football decisions if he makes a comeback to the sidelines. While some general managers would balk at such a move, Shula said itâs something that coaches should have.
âI would want total control and I wouldnât take a job that didnât give me the opportunity to have full control and make the decisions as to who is on the field that will determine winning and losing,â Shula said. âThatâs the way I would operate if I was back in the hunt at 81.â
Shula said that the Dolphins simply need to retool the lineup and not undertake a complete rebuilding process because there are some elements to build on.MORE NEWS: DEA Issues Public Safety Alert On Sharp Increase in Fake Prescription Pills Laced With Fentanyl and Meth
âI think theyâve got some very good football players on the Dolphins team,â Shula said. âDefensively theyâve demonstrated that theyâre a pretty good football team. If they get that leader at the quarterback position, then I think things will really start to fall into place.â