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Dolphins Promote Matt Burke to Defensive Coordinator

Ari Russell



The Miami Dolphins have promoted Matt Burke to Defensive Coordinator, replacing Vance Joseph who took the Denver Broncos job earlier in the week. Burke served as LBs coach in the 20016 season for the team.

Burke served under Joseph in Cincinnati for two seasons. According to head coach Adam Gase, this was an easy call.

“He knows this defense inside and out, him being with VJ for the amount of time that they were together in Cincinnati and then him coming along to the Dolphins last season was really big for us in that aspect. I really felt like we had two defensive coordinators on that side of the ball. We were very fortunate to be able to get him. He had plenty of opportunities to go other places and decided to come coach linebackers for us (and) was critical for our success this past season.”

The move should be a smooth transition for the defense as the continuity will remain the same.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.