Baylor head coach Dave Aranda led a complete culture change in two seasons, could he do the same for the Miami Dolphins?
Every coach on this list has been mainly offense-oriented, but Dave Aranda is a defensive-minded head coach. Why move from one defensive coach to another? Well, Aranda took his Baylor Bears from a 2-7 season in 2020 to a 12-2 record in 2021 to go along with a Big-12 championship and a Sugar Bowl win.
With the Dolphins already having a solid defense in place, the team will have to fix the offense. If the team were to hire an offensive-minded coach, it could take away focus from coaching the team as a whole to focus solely on fixing the offense. At Baylor, Aranda didn’t call the defensive, allowing him to manage the team as a whole.
The biggest question would be the experience Aranda has. He had been a defensive coordinator since 2005 and was hired by Baylor after LSU’s sensational 2019 run. While Aranda’s lack of head coaching experience could harm him, he was able to still lead a team that had a true freshman quarterback step in late in the season after an injury to the starter and managed to contain two high octane offenses in Oklahoma State and Ole Miss, who lost Matt Corral early in the game.
If the Dolphins chose to hire another defensive coach, they’ll have to hit a home run on their offensive coordinator hire, who would likely need to be a quarterback coach as well.