As expected, the Miami Dolphins hired new offensive and defensive coordinators on Friday as new head coach Joe Philbin continues to fill out his staff. Mike Sherman was named the offensive coordinator and Kevin Coyle was hired as defensive coordinator.
Both have a long history of coaching in the NFL with established connections to Philbin. Sherman is from the same West Coast tree as Philbin, and was a head coach in Green Bay from 2000 to 2005. He first hired Philbin in 2003, and with the Browns adding Brad Childress as their offensive coordinator, it freed up the spot natural landing spot for Sherman in Miami.
Coyle joins the team after serving as the defensive backs coach in Cincinnati, and has known Philbin for many years. He's done a solid job coaching up young corners such as Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. Todd Bowles, who served as interim coach, will depart with the hiring of Coyle
Through the team, Philbin issued the following statement about the two new coordinators:
"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. "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 meeting 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."