Dolphins hire assistant coach from high school ranks

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The Dolphins have reached into the high school ranks for their latest hire, but coach Brian Flores isn’t straying far from his Patriots roots in doing so.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hiring Curt Kuntz as a defensive backs coach.

Kuntz has no NFL experience, and has spent the last seven years at Struthers High School in Ohio.

That might not seem like a link to an NFL future, but that school occupies a special place. It’s the alma mater of Steve Belichick, the father of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The school recently built a new athletics facility, called the Steve Belichick Complex, and Bill Belichick turned up on the Patriots’ team website wearing Struthers gear.

The Dolphins fired safeties coach Tony Oden after the season, and Kuntz is expected to worth with Josh Boyer, Miami’s cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator.

27 responses to “Dolphins hire assistant coach from high school ranks

  1. If he can teach technique to young players that need to be developed it could be a great hire. We have to start thinking outside the box.

  2. His last name is prominent in my family tree. I prefer my last name. Almost any other last name. But, I would NEVER change my name as I have way too much respect for my grandfather and dad. But man, that’s a tough sell if you want to a HC.

  3. Next coach will be hired from Pop Warner, because he’s the great grandson of George Halas’s cousin’s barber.

  4. Talent can be found in many different places. Good for them for being open minded. It’s not as if every other assistance NFL coach was solid gold.

  5. Football is football, and many great high school coaches also help build character, which lately seems to be missing in the current NFL…

  6. Really? A new NFL coach from Sally Struthers High School? Will Meathead be the next Offensive Coordinator? I think Flores is trying to out-Belichick Belichick with this hire. One Belichick is enough.

  7. VisionTim says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:53 am
    Well who’s left for the Browns now?!?
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    Ohio’s favorite son……Urb

  8. NFL is notorious for being the Old Boys’ Club. Great to see a bigger talent pool opening up.

    Of course, I will probably see an article later today that Jason Garret is getting another job

  9. I love people having a strong opinion about this.

    FGS, they’re not making him the defensive coordinator. He’s working under the cornerbacks coach. UNDER a POSITION coach. He’ll be getting coffee and driving people to the airport.

    RELAX

  10. “The main difference between a high school coach and a pro coach is who they know, not what they know.”

    Pro coaches know much more complex schemes and strategies. Pro coaches know how to relate to adult athletes. Pro coaches know how to deal with the media. So, there actually is a huge difference between what pro and high school coaches know.

  11. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 10:55 am
    “The main difference between a high school coach and a pro coach is who they know, not what they know.”

    Pro coaches know much more complex schemes and strategies. Pro coaches know how to relate to adult athletes. Pro coaches know how to deal with the media. So, there actually is a huge difference between what pro and high school coaches know.
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    I don’t think Steve Belichick had those credentials and he did an outstanding job with the Patriots’ secondary this year. You can teach anybody willing to do hard work anything.

  12. “I don’t think Steve Belichick had those credentials and he did an outstanding job with the Patriots’ secondary this year. You can teach anybody willing to do hard work anything.”

    As a rule pro coaches know more about schemes, strategies, and dealing with adult athletes and the media than high school coaches do. I don’t see how anyone can dispute that.

    Of course, there are people who can learn. However, there is no doubt that a high school coach is not going to be as proficient in those areas as someone with pro experience.

  13. footballpat says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:08 am
    cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 10:55 am
    “The main difference between a high school coach and a pro coach is who they know, not what they know.”

    Pro coaches know much more complex schemes and strategies. Pro coaches know how to relate to adult athletes. Pro coaches know how to deal with the media. So, there actually is a huge difference between what pro and high school coaches know.
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    I don’t think Steve Belichick had those credentials and he did an outstanding job with the Patriots’ secondary this year. You can teach anybody willing to do hard work anything.

    The Steve Belichick the article referred to was Bill’s FATHER, not his son.

  14. Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam & Daffy Duck would make some great assistants. He Man & Skeletor could could coach the linebackers. I think Miami’s on to something.

  15. Maybe Flores knows more about this guy than us random posters on PFT. Just a possibility.

    If he turns out to be terrible he will get fired. Under Flores even if he turns out to be pretty good but Flores thinks someone else is better he will get fired.

  16. Kills me sometimes; we bust his chops for hiring Chan Gailey (retred) and bust his chops for hiring this guy (non-retread). He worked a miracle with a bunch of no name players, give him a chance and let’s see how he plays the draft out.

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