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.