Jan 7, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A

Dolphins Hire Coyle & Sherman


The Miami Dolphins according to Jason LaCanfora have agreed to terms with Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle to become the teams OC and DC respectively.  This obviously means the departure of Todd Bowles and Brian Daboll.  Sherman, of the two is highly respected and took the Green Bay Packers to four division titles.  Of course he had Brett Favre at the helm, a luxury he will not have in Miami.

For the Dolphins the signings represent a major change in philosophy but not necessarily personnel.  The offense will see a more down field approach with the passing game becoming more involved with less reliance on the ball control ground and pound attack of the last decade.  Mike Sherman should seamlessly add the offense into the teams plans.  A versatile offensive mind, Sherman gives the Dolphins it’s best OC on paper since the Don Shula era.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kevin Coyle will bring a change back to the forty-three defense.  The team’s make-up is such that a transition will not be too difficult as the team played a more hybrid mode of a 34 and currently have the personnel in place to make the switch.  They will likely target OLB’s in free agency or the draft as well as getting the safety positions upgraded.

For Joe Philbin, the teams HC, the news has to be fantastic.  Sherman was the man responsible for bringing Philbin into the NFL and will serve as a very trusted adviser with the team.  Coyle is also a Sherman disciple and a trusted friend of Philbins as well.  Next up?  The position coaches and then free agency.

Tags: Joe Philbin Kevin Coyle Miami Dolphins MIke Sherman

  • Volsdolphin

    The Coaches have to prove themselves on the field first. But, I like this hire of the Green Bay Coaches. I think this will be a much better system than the Dallas connection. I am glad to see the Dolphins go this route. In the first round, If RGIII is still there, go for it. If he is gone and Blackmon is still on the board, go for him. If both of them are gone, I am still learning and searching to see who the right person would be for the Dolphins to take.

  • Volsdolphin

    I am so grateful Jeff Fisher is in St. Louis. He was too conservative at Tennessee and if he scored 3 points, he wanted to protect that 3 points. He will be a better fit with the Rams than the Dolphins.

  • Lespaul

    I just hope that since Sherman is OC that they don’t pick Tannehill as their draft QB. He was a decent college QB, but couldn’t make the accurate outside throws. He can heave the ball, though, but not all that accurate.