Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema revealed that he interviewed for the Miami Dolphins job and was left out of the mix after suggesting that they draft quarterback Russell Wilson.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has been with his current team for two seasons after leaving Wisconsin to take the job. In 2012 however, he was in the mix for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job.
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He was passed up for the job, with the Dolphins ultimately decided to hire Joe Philbin. Bielema had coached Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in his lone season at Wisconsin, and he suggested to the Dolphins that they draft him in the second round.
The Dolphins had different ideas though, and Bielema claimed that he was ridiculed for making the suggestion. They ended up taking Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
The Seahawks drafted Wilson in the third round, and he has proven to be a steal after leading them to a Super Bowl title; and possibly a second this Sunday.
Pro Football Talk reported on the Dolphins’ stance on Wilson before he was drafted and became the unlikely star he is today on Twitter.
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— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 30, 2015