Miami Dolphins: Cleaning house with their coaching staff
So far the Miami Dolphins have relieved five coaches of their duties of the 2017 season. 2018 will bring in some fresh faces and after a 6-10 season the Dolphins could use it. Adam Gase seems like the kind of guy who’s constantly making adjustments, so while the coaching staff might not necessarily show upgrades, hopefully different philosophies will turn the team around.
So far the Dolphins have fired or moved on from:
Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo: The Miami Dolphin’s defensive backfield looked like it would be a strength this season appeared to take a step back. Not only did their young defenders look out-of-place at times they struggled with consistency. Even veteran back Byron Maxwell struggled after rebounding last season and later would be cut mid-season. The Dolphins weren’t the worst passing defense in the league, but didn’t quite make the leap under Anarumo they had hoped with the young talent. Anarumo was a Philbin hold over and didn’t improve enough to keep around.
Offensive Coordinator Clyde Christensen: While still with the team, Christensen has been relieved of his offensive coordinator duties. Even though head coach Adam Gase handled the play calling apparently he felt it wasn’t the right offense going forward choosing Dowell Loggains as a replacement from Chicago. Loggains’ offense in Chicago wasn’t much better than Miami’s performance this season so hopefully Gase sees something the rest of us don’t.
Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Grove: Another coach with the team since 2013, another one on the chopping block. Gase is showing no mercy with the previous regime’s coaching staff. While they were given a chance to prove themselves, apparently two seasons of under performing were enough. The Dolphins finished this season with 14 players on injured reserve and seem to be moving on from Grove.
Defensive line coach Terrell Williams: Of any unit the Dolphins have, none have been more disappointing than their defensive line. Ideally, this would unit would be the strength of their defense, they turned in an average performance at best. Other than Cameron Wake’s 10.5 sacks, the pressure on opposing quarterbacks wasn’t there. The team often struggled with defending the run. Williams was hired on in 2015 and with talent like Wake and Ndamukong Suh the defensive line should have made better strides than it did.
Running backs coach Danny Barrett: Barrett was one of the few coaches brought on during the Gase era to be fired. He started with the team in 2016 and while both Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake have shown promise in their roles, no other Miami Dolphins running back has turned in much success. Barrett could be a casualty of a switch up in offensive philosophy or be a victim of Gase’s demand for perfection. Either way to start the season the team will be looking for a new running backs coach.
On top of the five firings so far, the Dolphins have replaced former offensive line coach Chris Foerster after being relieved of his duties midseason due to controversy. Their new line coach Jeremiah Washburn will step in and take over their depleted line. This offseason appears Gase is clearing out all the holdovers on the coaching staff. Is it a precursor to what is to come this offseason for players as well? Will the Miami Dolphins purge their roster of underperforming hold-overs of the Joe Philbin era? It appears the new sheriff in town doesn’t have a soft spot for loyal mediocrity, does Adam Gase have the team headed in the right direction? Follow @Coach_Rick12