Dolphins fire Coyle promote Lou Anarumo


The Miami Dolphins have officially fired Kevin Coyle and have promoted secondary coach Lou Anarumo to defensive coordinator. The news has just officially been made.

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Anarumo, like Dan Campbell is well respected among the players. He has never held the position before. There is a report out on Twitter that the Dolphins have negotiated with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith about serving in some capacity, likely as a senior assistant on defense.

Whether they “had” or are currently is unknown or if negotiations will continue.

The firing of Coyle has been the topic of speculation since the Dolphins lost in London last Sunday to the New York Jets. Coyle’s was protected by Joe Philbin who told reporters after Sunday’s game that he was not going to fire the defensive coordinator. The decision was no longer his to make.

Over the last two days, interim head coach Dan Campbell has been evaluating his staff and it was expected that Coyle would be fired despite being at practice on Wednesday.

The Dolphins are taking a far more aggressive approach to the team including the use of a training camp drill known as the Oklahoma Drill which was used at practice on Wednesday. The drill is designed to induce physicality in a one on one and two on two fashion. Campbell called the players together in the middle of practice to run the drill.

How well Anarumo will do in his new job is unknown but it’s likely that he will need help in the form of a senior assistant. The Dolphins have shaken up their staff since Philbin was fired. In addition to the promotion of Anarumo, the Dolphins have shuffled other coaching staff as well.

Jeff Buris has been promoted to secondary coach and Blue Adams will continue to work with the safeties. We will have more on this latest development later today and tomorrow.

Last week defensive players met with Coyle in regards to the defensive scheme but Coyle only changed small portions of his defense. Players have been very displeased with Coyle as a head coach. It will be interesting to see just how well the team responds in two Sunday’s when they take the field for the first time after the changes that have been made.