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Monday, February 21, 2011
Bryan Cox flips back to the Dolphins


After two years in exile, Bryan Cox is back where he belongs: the AFC East.

The Miami Dolphins on Monday announced they've hired the outspoken former linebacker to be their pass-rush coach.

Cox spent nine of his 12 NFL seasons in the AFC East. The Dolphins drafted him in the fifth round in 1991. He went to three Pro Bowls in his five years with them. He played two seasons for the Chicago Bears, three for the New York Jets and one with the New England Patriots, helping them win their first Super Bowl.

Cox infamously delivered the double-bird salute to fans of the only AFC East team he didn't play for, gesturing to Buffalo Bills faithful before a 1993 game in Orchard Park. The act was shown live on national television. The NFL fined him $10,000.

He finished his playing career with the New Orleans Saints in 2002 and broke into coaching in 2006 as a Jets defensive line assistant under Eric Mangini. Cox handled the same position for Mangini with the Cleveland Browns the past two seasons.