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Miami Dolphins continue staff overhaul

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Steve Mitchell)

After a vastly disappointing season the Miami Dolphins continued their coaching staff overhaul over the weekend. Since Adam Gase isn’t going anywhere for at least another season, it’s the nature of the business to make changes in order to tweak maybe a few things that were a problem during the year. On Sunday the Miami Dolphins made their third move since the end of the season.

According to sources that told the Miami Herald defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will not be retained by the team. Anarumo so far is the third assistant coach who will not return to Gase’s staff in 2018. The team announced that defensive line coach Terrell Williams and running back coach Danny Barrett also will not return.

The interesting thing about Anarumo is that he has been with the Dolphins since 2012 and even served as defensive coordinator in 2015 after the DC Kevin Coyle was fired in October that year.

These changes however haven’t only been out right firings. The team announced a few weeks ago that they are reassigning offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen and hired Dowell Loggins who came from John Fox’s staff with the Bears.

What do all these changes mean for Adam Gase? Well it means the pressure is all on him in 2018 to make this team more competitive. Granted he was given more space because he did lose his starting QB Ryan Tannehill in the pre season. That said he did bring in Jay Cutler, who he had coached in the past and that didn’t work out so well.

Now Gase must make sure the staff he assembles is all on the same page otherwise his employment will be in jeopardy. Perhaps the biggest gamble was with Loggins, but these other moves go well beyond cosmetic. The sign of a good coach requires the ability to assemble a solid coaching staff. We are clearly going to see whether Gase passes this test in 2018.

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.

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  1. Zed_Smith

    January 16, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Perhaps Gase is finally getting “his guys” as other teams like the Bears make coaching changes. Gase
    had to piece together his staff the past 2 years as the coaches he wanted were under contract elsewhere.

    This should be a positive sign for the Dolphins as most of the new hires are guys with whom Gase has a
    relationship and knows from prior coaching stints. Hopefully, they are guys that can make Gase’s system
    more consistent and dynamic.

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