NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora reports that the Miami Dolphins have agreed to hire former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman as their new offensive coordinator and former Bengals secondary coach Kevin Coyle as defensive coordinator.
Both of them had been rumored to be in the lead for the positions for a little over a week. You can expect to see Mike Sherman calling plays for the team and implementing his west-coast offense. One aspect worth noting is that Sherman coached QB prospect Ryan Tannehill in college and could have an influence on the team’s decision during the draft. It’s hard to say that the Dolphins would take a quarterback from where they’re sitting in the draft but it’s at least something to consider.
As for Coyle, there have been several reports that have suggested that he plans to change the teams defense from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme but Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland said that the team isn’t committing to the idea just yet.
“If we had to go to a 4-3 or stay in a 3-4, we have some personnel that we could make a pretty good transition,” Ireland said. “There’d be some pieces we need to find. We have good personnel to do either one. I’ve prepared our scouts especially in December when we made a [coaching] change that we need to be looking at 4-3 personnel if that was to take a change. We’ve been looking at it for a while. It’s mainly linebackers and defensive linemen that you’re really looking for. We’ll make that transition if we go that route. It’s not going to be that big a transition.”