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Dolphins adding Al Saunders to offensive staff as part of juggling

When the Miami Dolphins went to London last week they obviously picked up a love for the British people. And so today they've hired one.

The team has added London-born Al Saunders to their coaching staff as senior offensive assistant.

Saunders, 68, has been an NFL assistant in some capacity since 1983. Saunders has been retired  semi-retired, I guess, since the Raiders did not bring him back as a senior offensive assistant (no idea) after the 2014 season.

Saunders is obviously coming in not to replace Bill Lazor but to lend a hand with the offense. Saunders has worked in Baltimore, Kansas City, Washington, Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis. His greatest success came with the Rams while they were putting their Greatest Show on Turf offense on the field. Saunders was the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach on that team.

I told you previously the Dolphins were mulling changes to both the defense and offense and while this is not the firing of Kevin Coyle many fans want, it is a tweak to the offense (maybe) that is 30th in the NFL in scoring.

The Dolphins are moving assistant QB coach Ben Johnson to tight end coach. That move obviously replaced Dan Campbell. Johnson was the tight end coach at Boston College in 2011.

Receivers coach Ken O'Keefe, who had never coached in the NFL prior to joining the Dolphins, has been re-assigned. He is now a senior offensive assistant. Assistant wide receiver coach Phil McGeoghan will continue working with the WRs.

The Dolphins are averaging a paltry 16.5 points per game on offense and that's even with a touchdown credited to the unit that was actually scored on special teams against Washington.

Finally this: Joe Philbin is a gift that keeps on giving. He put together a weak staff that has no real depth. There is no one on the staff that is apparently willing and capable of replacing either Bill Lazor or Kevin Coyle as coordinators.

A team with 24 coaches and there are apparently no redundancies. No stars in waiting. So executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum has to go looking outside the organization in search of help. This is practically an impossible assignment at the start of October, four games into the season. Teams in need of assistants usually find them in January and February -- eight months before the start of the next season.

You may say, well, the Dolphins picked tight end coach Dan Campbell from within the staff to be the head coach. Yeah, Dan Campbell was originally hired by Tony Sparano.

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