Report: Dolphins request interview with Tom Donatell

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The Dolphins have requested an interview with Chargers assistant Tom Donatell for their secondary coach job, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Donatell, the son of Ed Donatell, joined the Chargers in 2021 as assistant secondary coach.

He got his start in the NFL coaching ranks in 2017 with the Seahawks. Donatell spent four seasons there as a defense quality control coach.

He also has four seasons of experience coaching at the collegiate level, serving as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of South Florida (2013-14) and at UCLA (2015-16).

Donatell rotated at linebacker and safety as a collegiate player for the University of Iowa from 2008-12. He started eight games at strong safety for the Hawkeyes as a senior in 2012.

6 responses to “Report: Dolphins request interview with Tom Donatell

  1. @louisoliver25 I totally agree. A cornerback drafted in the second round to put next to X would be the way to go. Byron Jones is definitely M.I.A. not with Mia. Lol 🤔

  2. While CB is a need Miami needs to address the LB position in the second round. Vic Fangio’s defense doesn’t work without fast thumping LB’s. Miami currently has no one on the roster who fits that bill. Plus with Miami resigning Needham, the emergence of Kohou, and Trill Williams who was turning heads in training camp prior to injury, CB is not a desperate need in a deep CB draft.

  3. Bills fan giving my 2 cents: Fangio will definitely make the Dolphins better on the Defensive side – they had a good DL but lacked LB support & that will change – as far as goes it should be better and MIA Byron Jones will most certainly get his walking papers… because Fangio won’t play his game!

  4. I think Miami has the players on defense to do what Fangio will want, but they weren’t used properly under the last staff. We need to concentrate on the OL before any other position.

  5. Miami’s defense wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed last year. Especially not when it comes to the players. When they lost several corners they were forced to play man coverage and load the line to stop the run on first down. Playing zone can’t be done well with rookies and backups at corner. So you take chances to get to third and long and hope you get a break in single coverage. Well you do get breaks but you also get big plays against you and high scoring games. We have the d-linemen to play four three and we’ve got the corners to win on the back end. We are just missing a cover linebacker on tight ends. The kid from Georgia may fill that role.

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