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Dolphins in the market for a RB and TE coach

The Dolphins don't just have one offensive coaching job to fill, they have as many as three because they are in the market for a running back coach and a tight end coach as well as a quarterback coach.

I have learned running back coach James Saxon is gone from the staff for reasons that, well, have to do with performance. I covered him as a running back with the Dolphins and like the man so I will not tell you he was fired. Let's say he simply has not been retained.

Tight end coach George Deleone is not on the Dolphins staff anymore, either. He was not necessarily terminated. He has been hired by the University of Connecticut as an assistant to former Dolphins defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, who is the new head coach at UConn.

The Dolphins, who introduced new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll today, thus must still fill positions at running back, tight end coach, and quarterback coach, assuming Daboll doesn't coach the QBs. The Dolphins earlier parted ways with offensive coordinator Dan Henning and quarterbacks coach David Lee.

That means four of the six offensive assistants the Dolphins had when the 2010 season ended have moved on for one reason or another. Wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell and offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo are the remaining offensive assistants still on staff.

Saxon joined the Dolphins in 2008 after a six-year run as the Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach. This season the Dolphins running backs were a tremendous disappointment. Both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown started the season with hopes of gaining 1,000 yards -- each.

Neither reached that goal and in fact both seemed to regress from previous seasons.

Brown gained 734 yards and averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry. Williams gained 673 while averaging 4.2 yards a carry. Interesting that both players are free agents and it is possible if not probable neither will be re-signed by the Dolphins.



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It would be funny if someone was posting as a dude, but in reality was a chick. I actually think there are a few on here (I can tell by their feminine writing style, and how they get ultra-sensitive once a month).

wolfman, I am the #1 proponent for taking a qb at #15, however, I am skeptical of Locker. I don't want to draft any QB who can't even play at the college level as a #1 pick. I think scouts have fallen in love with measurables. Come game day - he blows goats.

Newton, hmmm, something tells me to stay away. He just doesn't look like an NFL qb when he plays.

Bo Jackson was a phenom. I remember in a game where Bo was clear to score and there was this 1st round pick MLB big boy farmer in his way. They clashed and the defender was thrown about 5 yards away. Some kind of speed and power.(oh, he could hit a baseball too).

What's going on in here? Just posted about the Jets, didn't show up. Long write up to start new conversation, took my time, well thought out, and now gone forever. Okay, done wasting mmy time for today, later people. Thanks Herald, that makes 3 posts in 2 days lost in cyber space. You really make a guy want to come back and contribute,,keep up the great work!

SCOTT /Mark/Dc/Marc ,

Any of you have a heavy dark mustache ?

Hmm.., DC, GB was hurt all over the place in that game. Still, we came darned close in some other games that we lost and without a truly effective offence. SB? No. Playoffs? Definitely.

Lastly, before I go, once again DC you made me crack up with this!

"(I can tell by their feminine writing style, and how they get ultra-sensitive once a month)."

Ok that one showed up. I guess no questioning the media and no making fun of the Jets and my posts will get on? Well that's no fun at all!

Yeah, Bo was the man...4.08 40....

I don't know where this one is going Pepe but I'm not sticking around to find out! Peace

Nothing is lost in cyberspace.

Nope, I can only grow peachfuzz on my upper lip (but I do have a Sephardic beard).

NYScott, glad I could amuze. I'm out too peeps. Latahs!

Mark in Toronto - I totally agree on Newton......I just have this gut feeling that if he's there Ross may push it.....the "big splash" thing. I think also that Ross may push regardless for a skill position....flashy pick. Something tells me the guy is tired of drafting line men and who could blame him. I think Ross is going to but into the football side of things much more than Wayne H did....especially now that the Tuna Melt is gone.

In RE to Locker I substantially agree with you and am not wholly convinced he is NFL caliber. That said he had a much better season last year. This year he was playing behind a putrid o-line, had little to work with in the receiving corps, and was playing with a big time rib injury almost all season. I think once interviews start happening, workouts, combine, etc....his stock will rise. Personally I have him going to Minn @ 12.

The greatest quality of a QB is being as smart(or smarter) as the OC game plan.

Jeff_Darlington The Dolphins added a couple of assistants today: Running backs coach Jeff Nixon and strength coach Darren Krein, moving quick to fill voids.
11 minutes ago

Andy NJ, Phins78, DC Dolfan:

Andy NJ, I didnt know about the Murray knee injury, and hamstring tendon. Two surgeries already. That is serious, as you attest. Especially playing in the NFL. It is possible he never re-injures legs or ankle, but I suspect he will be playing at less than a 100% midway through his rookie season. That likely explains the predicted 3rd round status. Hope he doesn't wind up in our division if we pass on him.

So I checked up on Bilal Powell, your RB choice. Watch a few highlight reels, and noticed he had back to back 200+ yards rushing his Sr. year. I was impressed with his strenght, speed and agility. Good choice, and if the Power Rankings are any indicator, he is predicted to go in the 6th round. How can you go wrong with that draft choice? I'm still scouting...

Phins 78, I heard the same thing as you regarding Hennes AWESOME practice accuracy. But look who's mouth it came from. I earlier wondered outloud why Henne's most critical adversaries were his offensive team. Did he stink even in practice? I hope this isn't so. I like the Pouncey suggestion. And our D needs less work than our O, but cant be neglected.

DC DolFan, Where did you get the info. (inside scoop) about Henne's horrible practices? If it comes from a reliable sourse - and not a Henne basher - I'd be more inclined to believe this side of the story. However, if this is the case, perhaps Henne merely needs a good QB coach that sees when a mechanical flaw exsists. Michael Vick recently changed his footing ever so slightly, and became a more accurate and stronger passer. Pitchers in the MLB are a prime example of needing a trained eye to keep them in the strike zone. Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers) comes to mind...

Regardless, bring in a FA QB, and let them fight it out. Draft a QB next year.

Just work on the Oline - PRIORITY ONE - or else it wont matter if we draft Ingram, Luck, 3 top recievers (and FRANTIC CAT from Albania College (lol), and hire a caveman weilding a big bloody club as our mascot) during the next couple years. We will remain a team of wishful thinking.

And you know that old saying: "Wish in one hand and shyt in the other, and see which one fills up the fastest."

cocoajoe, you're on to something about letting some of us fans handle the draft. Seriously. Let's attend the next press conference. Crash it, and enjoy the tazers and peper spray. I'm nearly immune to it now. That's all I've been getting from this franchise since Marino left.

Gotta Go, heard the tuna are running...

Oscar canosa,

MLB farmer's name was John Offerdaul. He played as tough as Zack, up til that bulldozering by Bo. It took something out of him. Then he had cronic stomach/adominal tears that ended his career.

Brian Cox held the D together after that. With the addition of Marco Coleman's help if I remember correctly. It took both.

Back to fishing...

the best question was when they asked him basically what was the reason for finishing almost dead last both years he was coach with cleveland in points

The Miami Dolphins have hiredJeff Nixon as running backs coach and Darren Krein as their head strength and conditioning coach.

Nixon comes to the Dolphins after having spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff.

During his four years with the Eagles, Nixon was an assistant coach working with the special teams as well as the offense with a focus on the running back position.


Prior to his time with Philadelphia he spent the previous 10 years as an assistant in the college ranks with stops at Temple (2006), Tennessee-Chattanooga (2003-05), Shippensburg (1999-02), Princeton (1998) and Penn State (1997).

Nixon began his collegiate playing career as a running back at West Virginia (1993-94) before transferring to play for the legendary Joe Paterno at Penn State (1996). While playing for the Nittany Lions he was named to the Dean’s List and was named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic Team.

Krein brings 11 years of experience to the Dolphins having been a part of the Seattle Seahawks staff on two different occasions.

He originally joined the Seahawks as a member of Dennis Erickson’s staff on March 1, 1997, for two seasons and re-joined the team in 2001 in the same capacity under Mike Holmgren.

Prior to joining the Seahawks, Krein was a 1994 fifth-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers (150th overall). He missed his rookie season due to a knee injury. Claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers on June 17, 1995, but did not play.

Krein played the 1996 World League season with the Barcelona Dragons, but re-injured his knee and retired.

A four-year letterman as a defensive end at the University of Miami (1989-1993) he was a unanimous first-team All-Big East as a senior and left the Hurricanes with 190 career tackles and 17.5 sacks after beginning his career as a middle linebacker.

Why do people think Ingram is a complete back? He can't run the ball 30 + a game and isn't that fast. At the pro level he isn't going to break those runs he had in college against anybody.

ingram cant compare to williams from vatech

Mark, how many games of Washington did u actually watch this year or last? I've seen only three but the three i did watch Locker was far from blowing goats... His measurables? what you mean 4.50 4o yrd dash and can throw around 95 mph? Cam Newton doesn;t look like ready and is a project yea but regardless he is a QB and will be at the next level for someone

Beerphin,bill_cnnrs. A lot of people are compairing Ingram to Emmit Smith. I know this is a huge ask. And if he is half the back Emmit was it would be a good pickup. But to be real. How many backs run the ball 30 times a game over a season anymore? This is just not how offensive football is played in this era. Again, Ingram looks the part of what we may be looking for in a feature back. What he does well is catching the ball, and breaking tackles, yards after contact. We don't need a guy that is a threat to take it 70 yards(it would be nice, but look at the remaining teams.None have that guy either)We need a running back that fits into our system. Especially if we plan on spreading the field. He has to be able to block, and catch. One of the knocks on Ingram was he was a poor blocker. This is from an old scouting report, and I don't think applies to Ingram now. As he improved in this area. Of course speed is something that would be great. But it is not totaly neccessary.

LOL GulfDolphin, I'm game. I'll wear my 'Don't taze me bro' shirt.

Armando..Last year you did a daily breakdown of players at the Senior Bowl. Are you going to have pieces like that again? I thought they were very informative. Or was it because we had our coaching staff down there that you covered it so well. It would be nice to have the same sort of columns again this year as it gives better information then the same old stuff on ESPN, NFL Network.

dd ill still take williams over him anyday

What is going on in "Phinland" Today guys???, I see they added a couple stiff coaches, Anything else going on????

bill_cnnrs.I don't know a thing about Williams so I cannot comment. To be honest, I hope we don't use a first round pick on a running back because of the reason that they DON'T usually touch the ball as much as say Emmit Smith used to. I think you need a couple of guys(a feature guy, and a third down specialist) But to me, Running backs are the easiest position to find. Just my opinion. But if you could fill me in on Williams I would appreciate it.

It doesn't matter, this group has proven it doesn't know how to draft. They are slightly better at free agency and that is just slightly. We seem to try to find the"diamond in the rough" all the time instead of the studs of the draft. When was the last time we drafted anyone the NFL talked about. Last years theme of "captains of the team" did a heck of alot for us. Until we get anyone of relevence in the draft we as fans can only dream. The holes we have on offense are big and will take two or three years to fill. I've almost talked myself into Vince Young being a good idea. This is the lowest I have felt as a Dolfan in my 40 yrs. This new OC choice has destroyed my faith in this organization. Baffling.

i agree dd. most rbs are a dime a dozen. id take a big play wr or take locker if hes there

@ 6:42 Ihope we don't draft a running back in the first round. What I meant is at our spot. If we were to trade down, and there was a guy available I would be for it.

sully im right there with u. the comedy of mistakes this franchise has been making and then having to keep these clowns around for one more season is a joke.

Not much Cuban. The usual arguing and lot of draft talk.

DD, Gotta have a good line to open those lanes,and isnt it a coincedent that Sparano was a Line coach in Dallas and Miami's line is a P.O.S....????

Cuban..I agree. It probably isn't a sexy choice. And looks conservative. But I think Offensive line is our first area of concern. We need to be able to run the ball better. This will do wonders for whoever is playing quarterback. I know the fan base won't immedietley get fired up and buy season tickets and jerseys for a center, or right tackle. But I agree, I think it is the prudent choice.

CoCo, Chances are good it will be a disappointing draft, These guy's are used to treating us fans to disappointments, why should this draft be any different?????

I got the answers:

Great idea. Let our 2nd best running back stay and the best one go. Ronnie has ZERO trade value because his contract is up. Oh, a 3rd string running back would look good in the Pats offense.

LOL, cocoajoe, instead of wearing the 'Dont taz me bro' tee-shirt, I think a wet-suit made of kevlar (non-conductive) with the same slogan would be more appropriate.

Of course, gotta have the Pat Benatar's song, 'Hit me with you best shot', blaring away.

I smella fishfry in the neighborhood...

im glad ricky and ronnie are both gone. dont need these slow aging backs around anymore

Cuban, I agree. I said earlier a few of the more knowledgeable fans on this blog could do better.

GulfDolphin, maybe my 3/4 full wetsuit would work. Neoprene should work.

Wait a minute, those things are sharp. Might penetrate a wetsuit. Cuban, how about it? Will a taser penetrate a wetsuit?

More discussion of legumes, please!

doboll promises excitement to the offense, that's funny. how are you going to bring excitement when you don't have exciting players? it's a smokescreen. until they get a qb, a rb, another wr, they will continue to be lame!

Lame, lame, lame just like my posts.

f$ck off douchebag. but maybe daboll is not so bad after all. apparently daboll is not sold on henne either. best news i have heard all day!

Best news I heard all year was the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, now I can join the military with all those hunky men Wheeeee

bill_cnnrs@yahoo.com I agree with you and frankly Ricky has proved in the offseason he is full of crap. Ronnie missed a half mil bonus by 16 yards and you havent heard squeek out of him

keep ronnie if anything for integrety and to teach young bucks to replace him

As a fan, I am a crying little bit@h, as a poster, I'm a crying little bit@h, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express so my mommy loves me.

Coco, They penetrate wet suits.......

i see there is another punk ass b#TCH out there that wants their head beat in!

Well Cuban, it was just an idea. GulfDolphin and I were going to crash a presser and he thought we might get tased.

Maybe a coup or an armed revolt would be better. I can see the headlines now: Angry fans take over Dolphin facilities at Davie. Among their demands were seats in club section and free beer.

I think that Lil Stevey Ross has passed over the "Al Davis" Line for insanity, At least Al has a reason .... Age...

Im glad those coaches left, because they underperformed. I hope the Dolphins are smart enough to reach out to my former head coach at Miami Southridge Senior High, and former U.M. running backs coach, Don Soldinger. He's the man responsible for deveolping Edgerrin James, Willis McGahee, and Frank Gore ... at Southridge, he developed Sedrick Irvin (Michael Irvin's cousin), Troy Davis (2,000 yards back to back at Iowa State) and Darren Davis. Soldinger is a stud coach for running backs.

Some little girl is on the rag again. Little baby ass


Yeah Cuban,

cocoajoe and I want to be more involved in team operations, since that was partially what the last press conference was all about. Just thought things might get ugly, when we fans start calling the shots. Like who we're drafting, or kickin' to the curb, etc.

And box-seats and a keg of beer, as we cheer.

Oh yeah, lets not forget about my new mascot:

The caveman with the big bloody club lurking the sidelines...

Gotta go, fishing...

ps Mando, give us some good news to post about. Were nearly on page 10 here.

Sanchez has categorically PROVEN that he is a TOP TIER quaterback and much better than HENNE at this stage....he throws well under pressure and makes clutch decisons...big plays at critical times...YES stats show they are both quite similar...but dont buy the stats...

Sanchez will be a Franchise QB...Henne...maybe

Sanchez has proven himself in the playoffs so far...he is young and this is his 2nd year so really its phenomenal.....

So to all REALISTS...stop quoting Sanchez as an average QB with great pieces on the offence...nothing happens unless he MAKES THOSE THROWS.....and he does.!

I hate the dude bit the TRUTH is the TRUTH....



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