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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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Professor Lou, the name says it all yes. Nail on the head.

What a bunch of total jack off posts. Read them and tell me you take yourselves seriously.

I cant believe Ross is allowing Ireland to do the drafting again...

Philbin is another in the long line of experiments at HC for the Fins. After the 1st 3 all failed. Saban, Cameron, Soprano.

MIKE YOU FORGOT WANSTADT.
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MIKE, DO YOU READ ANYBODYS ELES POSTS?, I SAID THE SAME THING 15 MINUTE AGO
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Wanny wasnt a new NFL HC like the 4 that followed. Wanny suddenly looks pretty good compared to the 3 that followed him...and no I dont read all the posts.....

usually I skip the posts in CAPS lol

MIKE, HE DEFENSE CORD FROM JIMY JOHNSON, HE HAD NO EXPERANCE AS HC IS ALL IM SAYING.
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Geez, Armando are you saying that Jeff Ireland could have erred in his judgement with regard to the coaches he's let walk and the coaches that have been brought in?

We could probably fill the Grand Canyon with the list of mistakes he's made since he was brought in as GM.

Anybody who wants to blame Mike Nolan for the home record, or the winning % while he was in Miami should explain how anybody is supposed to win anything with Chad Henne as the QB, Dan Henning as the OC, or Tony Sparano as the HC.

I just watched a replay of the 07 Giants Vs. N.E. Super Bowl and the 1st thing is in watching it once again I don't believe it's the BEST one in history. The fact is you could skip the whole thing until the last 7 minutes, really. The other thing is that in that last drive by N.Y. I forgot how many chances the Pats had to end the game on TWO Int's that they flat out dropped. There was one by A.Samuel before the Tyree play that went right through his hands and another that B.Meriweather flat drops as well.

If your the Pats you watch that game and there must be alot of "WHAT IF" in the room. It is REAL FUN though watching the beating Brady takes and most definitely under pressure can be had alot easier than Montana since the comparison is made between the two. I remember Joe Cool dealing with pressure ALOT better. The Giant pass rush will determine this game.

I heard Deion Sanders argue how the Giant Front 7 won't be such a determining factor given they were 3rd in sacks and finished with a Reg. Season record of 9-7 and couldn't disagree more with his assesment which really had me looking at my TV thinking, huhhh?? If Pierre Paul, Osi and Tuck get after it freeing up the inside blitz with Boley then I believe it will be a long evening for the Pats because Brady doesn't handle it well and it totally disrupts his timing, heck even that last game with Miami proved that before we thought it was over at the half and went to sleep.

FIN, BRADY HAD BAD GAME VS, THE RAVINS, ODDS ON HIM HAVING 2 BAD GAME IN A ROW?, AND AGAINST TEAM THAT STOPED HIM FROM BEING PERFECT?
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ALoco, Wanny was HC for the Bears for 3-4 years. He won a HC of the year honor with them.

MIKE, HE DEFENSE CORD FROM JIMY JOHNSON, HE HAD NO EXPERANCE AS HC IS ALL IM SAYING.
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ALoco | January 31, 2012 at 11:32 PM

ALoco,

The more you analyze the career of Wannstedt the more you get the feeling that he was J.J.'s BFF and road his coat tails to a career as a Coach cause without Johnson he's been pretty much a disaster were ever he has been. Look at the Fins who while not great were playoff caliber and a very young team when J.J. handed it over to him and he destroyed the nucleus in 3 short years

WANNY HAD HC EXPERIENCE WITH THE BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FIN,I AGREE .HE TOOK OVER A GREAT BEAR TEAM AND THEY WENT BAD IBN TWO YEARS, HE WAS HORRIBLE, LETS HOPE LERY COKER LOOK-A-LIKE DOES BETTER THEN THE LAST 4 BROWN DONKYS.
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DolphinMike,

He was NOT very memorable if your a Bears Fan, J.J. actually being a great G.M. aside from Coach couldn't help himself in taking him on the Steve Walsh trade for a pair of #1's and just for the heck of it I actually wikipedia his tenure in Chicago for you.

Chicago BearsOn January 19, 1993, he was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears replacing legendary coach Mike Ditka, another former Pitt Panther. Wannstedt's tenure at Chicago was tumultuous. He led the Bears to only one postseason appearance in his 6 years at Chicago and compiled a 41-57 record. After Wannstedt posted back-to-back 4–12 seasons, Bears owner Michael McCaskey fired Wannstedt on December 28, 1998, a day when five NFL head coaches – one sixth of the league – lost their jobs. Four of those coaches—Wannstedt, Ted Marchibroda, Ray Rhodes, and Dom Capers--were fired within one hour, while Dennis Erickson was fired later that day.

Christ Almighty!

Can you imagine being drafted into the NFL and having to work for Hennings and SpOrano?

Can you imagine the battle of wits between these two? The both of them trying to get inside Henne's head.

Well, we all saw the results. The poor kid. I hope he gets a shot with an actual living, breathing OC and a Head Coach that can actually formulate a setence.

I don't know if Henne will ever make it in the NFL. But, I think it's safe to say, up till this point, he's had the Dice Loaded Against Him!

Fatcells, Dead Hennings and Tony Spilotro?

C'mon Man!!!!

Wanny has a bunch of SB rings as an assistant and about 100 wins as A HC.

Wanny was hated in Chicago!

The guy wore Kevlar on more than one occasion before being ran out on the rails.

Compared to what he did in Chicago, his work here was a masterpiece!

(Did I just type that?)

Ahhhhh............you get the picture..........

DolphinMike,

Wannstedt has TWO S.B. rings and a College Natl. Championship one as well with the 87 Canes, that aside what's your point?? He was a lifelong J.J assistant who is credited with being some sort of Defensive GURU but lets analyze that for a second.

He runs a base 4/3, NO GIMMICKS!! J.J. believed in in it!! At UM he had players like Jerome Brown, Dan Stubbs, Bill Hawkins, Bernard Clarck, Winston Moss,Ryan McNeil and Bubba McDowell. Not all went on to be NFL Superstars but were College HOF royalty respectfully.

In Dallas he has Charles Haley, T.Casillas, R.Maryland, L.Lett and Tony Tolbert on his DL. The LB's were Dixon Edwards, Darrin Smith, Robert Jones and Godfrey Miles was a back up with Kevin Smith, Thomas Everett, Darrin Woodson and Larry Brown on the back end, HMMMM??

I could have been the Cowboys DC with all do respect and led them to a top 3 ranking as well!!

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He won a HC of the year in Chicago. Doubt he was hated then!

Wanny was hated in Chicago!

The guy wore Kevlar on more than one occasion before being ran out on the rails.

odinseye | January 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM

odin,

That I didn't know, is that true or are you making fun to stress a point, LOL! Any who I wouldn't doubt it and your right his time in Miami was masterful by comparison (DID I JUST TYPE THAT) Up of course until the 1-7 start were he finally, mercifully for us all quit after loosing to Arz. at home!

Again, it all goes to show you how ignorant Ross and Ireland are. We have a great defensive coordinator UNDER CONTRACT, and they let him go. And they bring in some old man who's never called a defensive play in his life...which is a prefect fit for our new old head coach who has never called an offensive play in his life. I am truly baffled by the optimism of some you you stupid fans. We are destined to be 4-12 or 3-13 for a few years until all these changes sink in.

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

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I believe this to be your best, most cogent post EVER (OF THOSE I'VE SEEN)
Tonight's menu..
Who,e roasted Chicken Italiano tonight (rubbed with oregano and olive oil, stuffed with garlic cloves, roasted with potato crescents, onions, carrots.
Spinach salad.
No desert, whole family needs to shed some holiday weight.

I love the head coach choice. But don't like the rest of the coaches choices.

people talk about how good of a coach todd bowles is but to me over the years the dolphin's secondary has been the weak link to the defense.his nickname around here is toilet bowl
he should have been replaced long ago

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.
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