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Dolphins continue coach hires, must answer questions

The Dolphins continue putting together a coaching staff these days, with the most recent announcement that George Edwards, who left the Miami a couple of years ago to join the Gators then the Bills, is back with Miami after he was fired in Buffalo.

Also returning to the Dolphins 2012 staff will be tight ends coach Dan Campbell, special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and strength coach Darren Krein, all three of whom were on Tony Sparano's staff last season.

Zac Taylor, a former graduate assistant and tight ends coach at Texas A&M under Mike Sherman, joins the Dolphins as an assistant quarterbacks coach.

More hires will be announced in the coming days as the staff is still incomplete.

But this much we know of the current staff: On offense, the hiring of Sherman shows a move toward experience and thus a possible upgrade with the hiring of Sherman.

On defense?

Not quite as good.

The Dolphins, as we all know, hired longtime Cincinnati assistant Kevin Coyle to become the defensive coordinator. Coyle is no rookie coach. He's been in the profession 35 years and has been in the NFL 11 seasons, the past nine as Cincinnati's secondary coach.

Coyle also served as the defensive coordinator at Syracuse, Maryland and Fresno State during his career.

But he has never been an NFL defensive coordinator. That is fact. So it will be interesting to see how his running of Miami's switching 3-4/4-3 defense does compares to the work well-regarded and experienced Mike Nolan did the past two seasons.

Nolan was granted his release despite being under contract and left to go to Atlanta -- not because he was advancing, but rather because he was unhappy he was not considered for the Miami head coach position while one defensive assistant -- Todd Bowles -- was a finalist and obviously got an interview. Bowles, by the way, also left to become a secondary coach in Philadelphia.

So the replacing of Nolan with Coyle glows in neon as the big question mark the Dolphins must answer. Nolan had served as the coordinator in Baltimore, Denver as well as head coach at San Francisco when he landed the Dolphins coordinator job in 2010. The Dolphins were sixth in scoring defense, allowing 19.6 points per game a season ago.

The Bengals, by the way, yielded 20.2 points per game and finished ninth in scoring defense.

Coyle faces something of a rebuilding job and does so as a first time NFL coordinator under a first-time NFL head coach.

We'll see.

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Bowles obviously got the interview over Nolan only to satisfy the Rooney Rule. He is he league Rooney Rule satisfier. He has had several HC interviews and nobody hires him. (The FO gave him a second interview to really make it look legit, but we know better)

First time HC with a first time DC is not a typical recipe for success. Look for another slooooowww start while we hear players say things like its a matter of buying into the new system, things are coming together, things will gel, it's a brand new playbook.

Meanwhile, the Brady machine will be more finely tuned than ever while we are busy changing the spark plugs.

He breaks the tape....First! LOL

Or second... :)

Nolan's defense has an ABYSMAL home winning percentage....

Can't get off the field on 3rd and forever.....

Cab't make a stop in the last 2 min of any game......

don't beat teams with winning records....

As a matter of fact....his defense looks amateurish when they play a winning team.....

I don't want ANOTHER 0-2 start.... That leads to 1-4.....that leads to playofjf contention gone by mid OCT......

Good riddance Mr. Nolan.....hello mr. Croyle.....

You can't make chicken salad with chicken shiit.

I KNOW WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF GREATNESS FROM A PLAYERS STAND POINT.

I JUST HOPE WE DON'T DO WHAT BP AND SPARANO DID.

GET A BUNCH OF THE PACKS CAST OFFS.

THEY CAN KEEP FLYNN. I'M GOOD WITH MOORE AND HENNE.

GIVE US MATTHEWS,FINLY AND NELSON.

SEE YOU IN THE PLAY OFFS.

Speaking of chickens....

What came first...the players.....the coaches...or the GM.....

The "he doesn't have anybody to work with" is the WORST argument in football IMO......

In one breath we will defend our crappy coaches and QBs to the death with the "he doesn't have anybody to work with" argument...

And in the VERY NEXT POST.....bash Kevin kolb....for not getting the job done in Arizona...or consider the Browns coach garbage....because they do not win.....

Worst argument in football....HANDS DOWN......

It's a perpective argument built on slanted perceptions....jaded opinions.....and out right bias.....

Did Harbaugh make chicken salad this year....

Did Raheem Morris Saldana suddenly turn to chicken SH@t......

B.S.

Try again.....

Suddenly.....

And it should say....did Raheem morris's players suddenly....

You PLAY TO WIN THE GAME....PERIOD.....

STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR EVERYBODY.....

There is a reason NOLAN got fired from SF......

ummm... 20.2 with lesser talent... i'd venture to say achieving nolan's "incredible bar for success" at 19.6 can be achieved here in miami. "we'll see."

Coyle has never been a DC in the NFL? No big deal.
4 years ago we gave the HEAD coaching job to Sparanao, who had never been a coordinator in the NFL.
So in my book we're getting (a little bit) smarter!

Making something out of nothing. Nothing to see here, move along

If you look @ the 2009 pro bowl (which is the 2008-2009 season).....the FINS had 3 pro bowlers.....

2 on offense.....and one on defense......

Jake long
Ronnie brown
Joey porter

The 2012 pro bowl (2011-2012 season) has 3 FINS in the pro bowl

2 on offense 1 on defense....

Jake Long
Brandon Marshal
Paul Solia

What's the difference between those 2 teams.....

One team finished 11-5.....and WON the AFC East.....

The other team 6-10 (one game from being the polar opposite)....and helped they're coach get fired.....

Both TD as had the same amount of pro bowlers....and to balance it out even better.... They had the same amount on each side of the ball,...

Chicken sh@t argument indeed......

While there were times that Nolans defense looked great, there wasn't a team afraid to lose to him. Because the defense gave up the great plays on a consistent basis. So stats say one thing and wins say another.

I like the 4-3 defense. We have the right guys for it. Brady will eat a 3-4 alive all day. NE's receivers are too fast and Brady to accurate. You just can't give him any time.

We still need a sack machine to turn Brady into a sack of poop.

Shoulda been at the gym an hour ago.....stupid addictive football blog.....you got me going this morning Mr. Stevens.....

Gotta get going.....

I think I'll withhold my criticism of the team's coaching moves until I see what kind of product they put on the field next season. I believe that the faster they fill out the coaching roster the better.

Go Phins!

As long as we put up enough points and make people gamble on offense and get some turnovers, I'm alright with a lower tier defensive staff. Green Bay and the Saints had highly regarded coordinators and still ranked close to last in their defenses.

There is a reason NOLAN got fired from SF......

Posted by: Kris | January 31, 2012 at 05:38 AM


Would this be the same reason Belichek got fired in Cleveland?

And why don't SB coaches ever win with a different team? Same coach, different players. Draw the logical conclusion.

Kris | January 31, 2012 at 06:02 AM

That is one piss poor argument. Different QB's on both the fins and the pats in those seasons (QB's = players), Long healthy in 2009, not in 2011(healthy player > unhealthy player). Different levels of competition, ect...

You say the 2009 and 2011 team each had 3 probowlers and that makes them both equal? That is too ridiculous to even debate and you know it. There are too many factors not to mention 2011 team had no training camp either - all new rb's, brand new oc, while the competition had more stability in those areas.

Nolan and Ireland did not have good chemistry from what I heard, I thought it was weird that Bowles was given the opportunity to interview and Nolan was not. I know it was necessary to implement the Rooney rule but It just seems so cold to say it was just because of the rule because Bowles is a good coach. Other thing that is odd is the Cowher did not take the Phins job last year because he wanted full control and was going to replace all the staff, and Ross said no

Other thing that is odd is the Cowher did not take the Phins job last year because he wanted full control and was going to replace all the staff, and Ross said no

Posted by: Salvaje | January 31, 2012 at 07:00 AM


That is total media bs. Cowher hasn't taken any job or even been interviewing since going to the booth. He is done, never would have been a coach here or anywhere with or without Ireland.

THANK GOD FOR BELICHEK AND TOM BRADY.....

Otherwise you people that LOVE ANOMALIES....would never have anything to say.....right mr. Stevens....

Why don't you find a way to mention the 2000 ravens....and complete the anomaly circle.....

I love when people base they're argument on once in a generation chances.....but at the same time hope that becomes the FINS....

Don't see your argument Kris. You don't have one. Whatever you are trying to say is not clear.

Belichek is an anomaly and Nolan isn't? Nolan didn't have Brady either, anomaly?

What do the Ravens have to do with anything? They had one of the all time best defenses. Again - they had PLAYERS. What is the coach of that team doing since?

2009 fins - Pennington - most accurate passer in history.
2009 pats - no Brady.


2011 fins - Henne, Moore
2011 pats - Brady, Gronk Hernandes, Welker

Anomaly????

Explain what makes the team chicken SH@T.....

Why don't you start there......

It's easy for you to say you don't agree when I say this....or when I say that...that it is silly....

So instead of telling us what you DON'T agree with....

Why don't you try and VALIDATE your statement.....

What a novel idea....huh......

Still won 11 games....

Both the pats and the FINS.....

With no Brady.....

FACTS OF LIFE;;;;;;


1- NOLAN YEARS IN MIAMI WERE THE WORST HOME WINNING RECORD EVER IN OUR HISTORY .

2- PATS AND GIANTS ARE TWO GREAT TEAMS B/C OF THEIR HEAD COACHES AND QB'S ........

3- WE R IN THE CELLAR AS OF THIS MORNING .

4-ROSS WILL NEVER HIRE A HC AND GIVE HIM TOTAL CONTROL .

And I believe your chicken SH@T comment was directed @ our defense......

Don't pull that bait and switch crap on me....

Kris your comparison of those two fin teams has more flaws than there are grains of sand. I could write 9 paragraphs explaining why but I won't.

Just the fact I mentioned, brand new OC, rookie center, brand new rb's with no training camp, while the competition had more stability in all those areas.

Citing both teams had 3 probowlers so they were equal, come on...you can't be serious.

You are still YET to validate your statement......

I make no argument one way or the other for Nolan. My argument is that great players make the coaches look great, poor players make coaches like Belichek get fired in Cleveland.

I know, I know, anything that counters your argument is an anomaly.

How did Gibbs do in his return to an inferior Redskin team?

How did JJ do in Miami?

I know, anomalies. Nice word.

So the conversation starts with your CHICKEN SH@t comment.....

But you you refuse to acknowledge it....and speak only of a my comparison of the 2 teams.....a statement that you grossly place in to any context of your choosing....

Nice.....

Don't debate the issue....make a STRAW MAN.....

Don't pull that bait and switch crap on me....

Posted by: Kris | January 31, 2012 at 07:20 AM

What are you even talking about here? Now you are projecting. Nothing I can do about that.

What do JJ and Gibbs have to do with Nolan's under performing defense....

Again....your all over the map.....

Why do I need to acknowledge what I wrote in plain site? Not sure where you are coming from.

I spoke of the two teams, maybe you should read my response.

Your logic says all teams with 3 probowlers are equal.

My logic says that is too ridiculous to even debate.

Kris there are medications for attention span.

The debate is whether its players or coaches. You are arguing its the coaches, I am saying its the players (chicken salad vs chicken sht).

Comprendo?

If Harbaugh came to the fins, we still would not have gone to the playoffs this year. He has far more talent in SF. And he was smart enough to see that when deciding to take that job.

Are you kidding me Armando. Must be one of those days where there's nothing else to write!

Projecting.....

You do UNDERSTAND that we start this conversation because I took issue with your comment about making chicken bleep out of chicken salad right....

And it's entirely possible you said that in response to my post right above that....however that is an assumption.... And if it were true....you would probably not have the integrity to own up to it.....

In ANY case....this conversation started over your statement....and your statement was directed at the defense....or defensive coordinator.....

How you bring

JJ
Gibbs
Belicheat

You have done EVERYTHING but defend your statement.....or justify it....or make it relevant.....

Chose whichever one sounds nicer.....

Mr. Stevens.....

I have done this entire debate without ONCE either insulting....or insinuating.....

You on the other hand have shown the true level of your competence....and we surpassed that 2-3 post ago.....

Now you are reduced to insults....and further more.....you don't even understand were or when this conversation started....

And finally you pulled out your crystal ball and told us Harbaugh future....

Since you know the future....then you must know I need to take a shower get ready for work.....

Give me tomorrows lottery #s

Good day sir.....

Kris

Projecting you are. Now you are telling me where my comment was directed. I made a simple statement. Very simple. Not a word in it about offense or defense. Then out of the blue you come along and project into it what wasn't there.

My comment was to your comment yes. Nolan would do better with better players just as any coach or coordinator would. Nobody liked Dom Capers when he was our DC either. He just went over to Green Bay and brought them a SB. Why couldn't he do that here? (Hint: chicken sht vs chicken salad)

I know, Dom Capers was another anomaly.

Atlanta has established themselves as a perennial playoff team now. Who did they hire for DC? GM's around the league see Nolan as a competent DC, but I guess some bloggers know better. Interesting.

Well, on to the real world for me.

Dolphins defense in he 4th quarter from the words of Sir Charles "is terrible". Nolan was upstairs eating chilli dogs will the other team ALWAYS scored on us to win. "Terrible". I'm going to keep saying this, "You take away that freaking drag route of New England and you will beat them every time. They run it almost 40 times a game. Lastly, will someone please start mauling the Tight-End at the line of scrimmage". That's why you let Nolan and Bowles walk.

I'm going to keep saying this, "You take away that freaking drag route of New England and you will beat them every time.

Posted by: tj | January 31, 2012 at 07:43 AM

NE is 15-3 this season. So I guess its not so easy to take that away from them.

We suck, and will continue to suck until Ross and Ireland are gone. We can hire whoever to do whatever and as long as those two guys are captains of the ship, it will go in circles.

I heard a story I'm trying to get confirmation on:

God got up in the morning and kris was waiting for him and said, "good, now we can get to work."

Is that true?

I am so far pleased with the Nolan departure and the Coyle hire, only because I felt that Nolan did not run a scheme that fit the personal that Ireland acquired. I believe that anyone that watches the Phins will know that Sean Smith and Vontae Davis are true man-press corners. The thing about Nolan is he ran a zone scheme and was not the strength in the current corners on the roster. This along with the way Coyle has proved to develop the players we have not retained has me optimistic for the hire. Go Phins!!

kris/G., stats are deceiving. If you're only going to take one stat to make some general comment, it should be wins/losses. Under Nolan we were 7-9, 6-10. I really don't need to know much more. I agree with G. that he's a good Coach. So what does it mean?

To me it means we need better offense. First of all, the deception in the stat is the teams we held to few points were: KC, Skins, Bills, Raiders, Browns, Broncos. We held each to under 20. Doesn't look like the most elite teams in the NFL. So, low-point scoring tells me nothing.

I'd like to know the stat for defense getting off the field on 3rd downs, turnovers, momentum swings. I haven't confirmed, but I'm willing to bet we were mediocre in all those areas (15-25 range league-wide).

More importantly, the bigger the game (the better the competition), the worse the defense got. So, give Nolan props if you want.

But, G. has a point that a team with a lesser stat (Cincinnati) did better in standings because they had better offense. They allowed more points AND scored more points.

Patriots have proven that good defense matters more the later you get in the Season (and Playoffs). You can win games in the Season with great offense and no defense (GB, Pats), but it'll get you in the Playoffs.

I say, work on improving your sputtering offense. Get more points on the board, and all of a sudden your DC will look like a genius. Giving up 20 isn't so bad when your offense scores 28. That's where the focus should be, THAT'S what Philbin should be looking to improve right away, THAT'S where the biggest impact can be made.

Defense is important, but to THIS team, at THIS time, no, it should be taking a backseat to fixing this woeful offense.

It can be done or should I say how quickly we forget...

Remember 2008 when Rookie Head Coach Tony Sparano with Rookie Defensive Coordinator Paul Pasqualoni took the Dolphins to the Playoffs?

The Dolphins defense had one of the best turnover margins in the NFL that year.

For the most part, I think the Offense will be better. And maybe actually chasing a quality QB after 15 years.

I understand why Mike Nolan left, This team is ran by three baboons.

eddie. the ravens killed the phins in the wild card. it was pathetic to watch.lol

in defense of mike nolan;he had to work with the players he was given by ireland. we didnt have a FS which is one of the most impt positions on the D. he had to try and hide sean smith in zone covers because he was exposed in man. nolan was honorable and kept his mouth shut. in the end he didnt want to work for ross/ireland. he didnt like what they did with/to sparano. he asked to be let out a year ago.

Mondo, even you had your "first" at everything youve done in life, so give these new coaches a little space before their chewed up by the sports media, that quite frankly doesnt know squat about football. You guys still continue to give QBs a won/loss record like a MLB pitcher, how silly. ITS A TEAM SPORT.

PS, Ross isnt going to make you GM no matter what.

This is like business. Why would you go to where the market is saturated? We've had fairly decent defenses here over the last decade. No, not elite, but many were top 10. So, you're trying to squeeze every last drop of water from a stone if you're advocating improving the defense (as the priority).

Yet, look over yonder, to the pastures and open market of offense, that's been dreadful here the last decade. THAT'S where all the improvement can be made. Our offenses have been in the bottom half of the league. What if we could raise that to top 10-12? And if the defense drops back a couple of spots, so be it. Then you become a team like Cincy, and have a chance to get in the Playoffs even though 2 other teams are over you in your division.

This whole thing feels wrong!!! I dont think we have the right coach or coaching staff. I think its just a change is all. Im preparing myself for another 6-10 or worse!! Please Mr Ross sell this team!!!

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