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Dolphins closing in on Kevin Coyle as DC, Duffner too

And the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins will beeeeeee ...

Cincinnati assistant Kevin Coyle is the leader in the clubhouse, according to reports by Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Ready and The Herald's Barry Jackson, both of whom are reporting pretty much the same thing: That Coyle is telling people in the Bengals organization he doesn't have the Dolphins DC job locked up, but that it is looking for good.

Coyle represents himself in negotiations so he would know whether things are looking good or not after interviewing for the job today and ostensibly talking to the organization about a contract.

Ready also reports when/if the Coyle deal is sealed, he is likely to bring with him Mark Duffner as the linebacker coach/assistant head coach. Duffner, a veteran of 38 years as a coach, spent the past seven seasons as the Jacksonville linebacker coach. He worked for the Packers and also worked in Cincinnati in 2001-02 as the defensive coordinator.

Kevin Coyle, 56, has spent 11 seasons in Cincinnati, the past nine as the defensive backs coach. From 2003-2010, the Bengals had 150 interceptions, which is fifth most in the NFL during that span.