New Dolphins coach Adam Gase didn’t shed much light on a coaching staff vision during his introductory news conference.
“Well I’ve been here for about two hours so I would say we haven’t made much progress,” Gase deadpanned. “We’ll be working on that today. Obviously there are a lot of teams still playing in the playoffs. We’ll see how things shake out here in the next few days.”
It has now been two days. And the Dolphins still have nothing new to report on this front.
A source told the Miami Herald on Monday morning that “no decisions have been made” on who would be joining (or staying with) Gase in Miami.
That would seem to run counter to a Fox Sports report late Sunday that Darren Rizzi would be staying on as Miami’s special teams coordinator. Rizzi also served as Dan Campbell’s assistant head coach after Joe Philbin’s termination in October.
Speaking of Campbell, the Dolphins need to decide soon on what to do with their popular interim coach. Campbell, not surprisingly, was disappointed that he didn’t win the job on a permanent basis, so it is unclear if he would even want to return to Miami in a diminished role.
But the most important decision Gase will make is who will run his defense. Gase will call the Dolphins’ offensive plays, he said Saturday, but he’ll of course need a defensive coordinator.
Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, by all accounts, is high on his list. Joseph, 43, has never been more than a position coach but is held in high esteem around the league.
But he might have options. Joseph could follow Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson if Jackson gets a head-coaching job somewhere. The Browns and 49ers are among the teams that have interest in Jackson.
It’s unclear what, if any, level of interest Gase might have in Jim Schwartz, who was Ndamukong Suh’s head coach in Detroit. The buzz around football is Schwartz would likely team up with Doug Marrone should Marrone land a top job.
But if not, reuniting with Suh in South Florida could be appealing.