After Dolphins changes what can you expect?


The Miami Dolphins, in the last week, have fired Joe Philbin, promoted Dan Campbell, added Al Saunders, kept Bill Lazor, fired Kevin Coyle, promoted Lou Anarumo, and are not likely done yet. Miami is still expected to explore and possibly add a senior defensive specialist to the staff to help Anarumo.

So what can we expect from all of this?

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If we start on the offensive side of the ball we should see a much more aggressive approach starting immediately. Play calling has been atrocious and while we can’t be certain that Bill Lazor was calling plays the way Joe Philbin wanted them called we can at least assume that right now, he will need to be more aggressive. Let’s assume that Lazor was calling the offense the way he wanted to. It will make this discussion easier.

We should immediately see a few changes next week against the Titans. For starters we shouldn’t see 3rd and longs being handed off to Lamar Miller. The Dolphins want to be aggressive and that means getting first downs or at least trying to. In addition we should see a much more balanced attack offensively. Dan Campbell wants physicality on both sides of the ball and he will challenge the offensive lineman to be tougher up front.

Al Saunders is practically the person who invented the offense that Bill Lazor is running and he will be working with the wide-receivers much of the time. Saunders should improve the route running which hasn’t really been a problem but he will also help Ryan Tannehill grow as well. Tannehill really lacks coaching on the smaller things and Ken O’keefe will help in that regard now.

The Dolphins should be a much more open offense but don’t expect more deep passes. Miami is likely to start taking advantage of what the defense is giving them and Ryan Tannehill should start having more flexibility at the line of scrimmage. While they may not give him the opportunity to audible just yet he should be given more options of plays that he can swap to.

Defensively we may not see much of a change initially. It really depends on how complicated Kevin Coyle’s schemes actually were. Will we see continued use of the “read and react” defense or will Anarumo open up the gates and allow his defensive players to play an attack style of defense instead? When Dan Campbell talked about being physical you couldn’t help but immediately think of the defense.

The Dolphins are ranked dead last in the NFL in almost all of the statistical categories but more importantly against the run and sacks. Miami has one sack in four games and have given up more yards to running backs than anyone else. Campbell has expressed his intent to change the mentality on that side of the ball and has already made his one padded practice per week much more physical.

Campbell is preaching the need to return to basics defensively. That means tackling. Wrapping, driving through, and rolling their hips. He is trying to get away from the arm tackles and the immediate desire to strip the ball. Fundamentals is what he is wanting the players to be taught. There is no question that he does not carry the same beliefs as Philbin or Coyle. He has said as much in his press conferences.

I would expect to see more immediately return on offense that on defense against Tennessee. Defensively I think they need to strip it down and keep it very simple and let the players build back into a more complex system that plays on their talents instead of the positions they play. In other words they need to get used to using their instincts again instead of simply reacting to what is in front of them.