Dolphins officially announce staff hires

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Three days after hiring Adam Gase as head coach, the Dolphins officially announced some staff additions and changes.

In addition to hiring former Bengals assistant Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator, the Dolphins also hired four position coaches and named Eric Stokes senior personnel executive.

New linebackers coach Matt Burke follows Joseph from Cincinnati. Shane Day is the tight ends coach after spending the last two years with the Redskins, Chris Foerster is the offensive line coach after spending last season with the 49ers and former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson will be the wide receivers coach after spending the last three seasons in the same role with the Titans.

Foerster was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004 and has 23 years of NFL coaching experience.

37 responses to “Dolphins officially announce staff hires

  1. Notice of all the coaching vacancies and possible head coaching candidates, Joe Philbin name hasn’t come up?

    But yes, lots of unknowns. Hopefully Gase and new staff are real leaders unlike Philbin!

  2. Gase is assembling a staff of nobodies rather than big names so that he doesn’t get undermined. My beloved franchise is pathetic. I guess with a flash in the pan head coach must come flash in the pan positional coaches.

  3. The photo is reminiscent of all the other times Tannenbaum has come to a podium to introduce the latest improvement to a team.

    The Dolphins have a lousy owner. They have a demonstrably poor front office that puts spending over building continuity. They don’t draft well. They don’t trade well. They don’t manage their salary cap well. If Gase can overcome all that, it will be surprising.

  4. The new TE coach looks like a young Rick Moranis. This is one of the weakest staffs ever assembled. You would think a head coach with no experience would surround himself with experienced assistants. The players will not respect this coach and his staff. Gase will last two years at most. He is in over his head.

  5. Why is everyone so worried about a new head coach putting together a new staff? What did you all expect? For a new gead coach to come in and assemble a staff such as Mike Martz as OC and Jim Swartz as DC?
    We all have to start from somewhere right? If you look at the new hires and actually paid attention to the work they did with previous teams then you wouldn’t be doubting the hires. Matt Burke coached up the Bengals linebackers to a good nasty bunch that can actually stop the run. It’s definitely disappointing to watch Cambell walk but his replacement is not trash. Shane Day coached up Jordan Reed to a pretty dominant tight end. Chris Foerster… Eh? At least he’s not calling the plays for us. Vance Joseph should of been a coordinator last year, that’s how highly people think of him, but wasn’t allowed to leave his contract. The Bengals owner will regret not keeping him around just like Ross will regret letting Cambell walk away (if he doesn’t already). Be patient, this one feels different then the last hires. We actually have a front office that’s working together now and are on the same page. Say what you want about Tannebaum (and I was one of them dogging him) but he is doing a good job setting the front office in place. We don’t have 3 guys making decisions anymore. That alone is a big plus.

  6. Retreads like Bellichek, Coughlin, Dungy, Carroll? When was the last time a coach with no experience who also never played in college or the NFL won anything in his first stint?

  7. Looks like the Rams are going to California, 3 west coast games this year for Miami, I hope they have 2 of them week to week so the Dolphins can stay out there for both games. Bill

  8. Shawn Jefferson is a huge get. Calvin Johnson on multiple occasions attributed his early career success to him. I’m pretty sure Jefferson and Gase overlapped on the Lions staff.

  9. gridirongod says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:28 PM

    Is it me or does Gase look like Vladimir Putin?

    Absolutely! If he’s Vlad’s boy, we will now be able defeat Belichick.

  10. He’s building a staff that are guys respected by players and who are teachers. Quite the opposite of the staff Philbin brought in.

  11. Gase is one of those guys who looks a lot better with a baseball cap and three days beard than clean cut in a suit.
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  12. This staff would look like no name coaches, to a bunch of people who don’t know anything about football.

    I wonder what the trolls would post about the ol’ dolphins no name defense.

    It amazes me how people believe that all the great coaches just poofed out of nowhere and just decided to become a head coach, like they never had to start somewhere.

    The fans of the teams these coaches seem from seem to have positive things to say about the hires, funny how the only ones complaining are “dolphins fans” and trolls.

  13. “Foerster… has 23 years of NFL coaching experience.”

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    And he’s still an offensive line coach.
    This team is Super Bowl bound for sure.

  14. southbeachnorth says:
    Jan 12, 2016 7:42 PM

    Gase is assembling a staff of nobodies rather than big names so that he doesn’t get undermined. My beloved franchise is pathetic. I guess with a flash in the pan head coach must come flash in the pan positional coaches.

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    I feel your pain. I’ve been a loyal fan 45 years. No more. I just can’t take this anymore.

  15. Vance Joseph is a huge hire. Denver wanted him over Wade last year but the Bulges denied him an interview opportunity with Denver

  16. sunnydee007 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:16 PM
    Retreads like Bellichek, Coughlin, Dungy, Carroll? When was the last time a coach with no experience who also never played in college or the NFL won anything in his first stint———
    Mike McCarthy, Vince Lombardi, George Allen, Don Shula, John Madden, Mike Tomlin, Sean Peyton.

  17. To all those pointing out Philbin wanted Derek Carr… The Dolphins drafted Ju’Wan James in the 1st and Jarvis Landry in the second.. both are quality starters (Landry a star)… The Dolphins have actually had some decent drafts over the last few years.. you just never hear about it.

  18. First time HC that are guru of anything never pan out to fix what they set out to do Tannehill in this case.

    There is just to much to do. Gase is already taking on 3 titles before he starts. Had he brought on proven staff that he could lean on maybe.

    This is the slowest simmer ever for me to warm up to with this hire. Any HC with past NFL experience I placed ahead of him as a candidate. So that had him low on the list.

  19. VenerableAxiom
    Jan 13, 2016, 12:52 PM EST
    sunnydee007 says:
    Jan 12, 2016 8:16 PM
    Retreads like Bellichek, Coughlin, Dungy, Carroll? When was the last time a coach with no experience who also never played in college or the NFL won anything in his first stint———
    Mike McCarthy, Vince Lombardi, George Allen, Don Shula, John Madden, Mike Tomlin, Sean Peyton.

    Read what I wrote again. All of those coaches either played college football and most of them played in the NFL, with the exception of George Allen. So if Allen was the last pro football head coach who won in his first stint without ever playing college or pro football, it has been a long time..,,

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