Just two weeks into the offseason, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is proving that he is strictly sticking to his rebuild plan that began for the organization when he took over the reigns in February.
Josh Boyer in, Patrick Graham out
Flores promoted Josh Boyer, internally, into the defensive coordinator role today after former defensive coordinator Patrick Graham accepted the same position with the New York Giants on Sunday. Boyer followed Flores to Miami from the New England Patriots and served as the cornerbacks and defensive pass game coordinator for the Dolphins last season.
Boyer has worked with Flores for 13 seasons previously in New England and is reported to be continuing the same scheme Miami used last season on defense going forward. He will be the sixth new defensive coordinator for the Dolphins in the last six seasons.
Dolphins to showcase new OC, DC in 2020
Miami will now feature both a new offensive and defensive coordinator for the 2020 NFL season. Miami hired former NFL head coach Chan Gailey nearly two weeks ago to the offensive coordinator position after Flores fired former offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea the day after the Dolphins’ upset season finale win in Foxborough.
Graham’s Switch to New York raises eyebrow
Graham’s move to New York is a rarity seen in the league. His lateral move, meaning a move to the same position but on a different team, was made after Miami gave him permission to do so. A lateral move cannot happen without prior permission from the former team. Graham will replace James Bettcher in a reshuffling Giants coaching staff.
Despite low season ranking, Graham’s work recognized
New York made the hire for Graham due likely in-part to the development he made for the Dolphins throughout the season.
Miami was still signing starting players on both sides of the football up until the Friday before its 2019 home opener. The Dolphins saw crushing losses in their first two weeks with a combined 102-10 score. However, after a 0-7 start, Miami finished the season 5-4 to finish 5-11. It picked up statement victories against the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and most recently the New England Patriots. The Dolphins had not won in New England since 2008 and forced the Patriots to play in Wild Card Weekend for the first time since 2010.
Josh Boyer will move into his role immediately.