Friday, January 27, 2012
Dolphins hire Kevin Coyle, Mike Sherman
By James Walker
The Miami Dolphins are filling out their staff under new head coach Joe Philbin. The team announced Friday evening the hires of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.
Sherman was a predictable hire for Miami, consider his strong roots in the West Coast offense and the Green Bay Packers. Philbin will run an offense similar to the one he ran with quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and Sherman should make for a good transition.
Coyle comes to Miami as a longtime defense backs coach with the Cincinnati Bengals. Coyle has done a good job over the years developing players such as Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. Coyle's hire also means the likely exit of Todd Bowles, who was the interim head coach for the Dolphins.
Sherman and Coyle inherit some talented players. A franchise quarterback is needed on offense. But Sherman has skill players such as 1,000-yard rusher Reggie Bush, Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long. Defense has been the strength of the Dolphins the past few seasons. It will be Coyle’s job to keep it that way with players like cornerback Vontae Davis and linebacker Karlos Dansby.
"I'm excited that Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle have decided to accept the positions of Offensive and Defensive Coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, respectively,” Philbin said in a statement released by the team. "They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character, and teaching ability. They are both very passionate about the game of football and the players they coach, and that enthusiasm is evident in the meetings rooms and on the field. They are excellent family men, and I’m thrilled they are joining the Dolphins’ football family. I can’t wait to get started to work with them."