This time last year, Marvin Lewis blocked Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph from bolting to the Broncos.
The head coach’s reason: Joseph is “a star,” Lewis told reporters — one the organization wanted to keep in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, the Dolphins were star-catchers. They lured Joseph to Miami, where he will coach Ndamukong Suh and the Dolphins defense in 2016.
The organization named Joseph its new defensive coordinator Tuesday, choosing youth over experience. Joseph, 43, has never held the position. In that way, he’s like the guy who convinced him to leave Ohio for South Florida — new Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
Gase made a flurry of hires Tuesday. Along with Joseph, he picked Matt Burke to coach linebackers, Shane Day the tight ends, Chris Foerster the offensive line and Shawn Jefferson the wide receivers.
Furthermore, the Dolphins kept Eric Stokes — a loyalist of departed general manager Dennis Hickey — on their personnel staff. The former assistant GM will now serve as senior personnel executive.
As for Dan Campbell’s fate? That remains up in the air.
There were multiple reports Tuesday that Campbell, who filled in as interim coach when Joe Philbin was fired, has been freed to pursue other jobs.
Although the Miami Herald could not independently confirm those reports, they do gibe with an Instagram post from Dolphins receiver Matt Hazel, who apparently said his goodbyes to Campbell.
“Thanks for everything coach #DanC,” Hazel wrote, with a picture of himself with Campbell.
Campbell went 5-7 after replacing Philbin in October, and had great loyalties among his players. Campbell was a finalist to keep the job permanently, and was upset when he lost out to Gase.
The National Football Post reported Tuesday that Campbell has gained his release from the Dolphins and has already fielded inquiries from the Vikings, Cowboys and Chargers.
Tuesday night’s Dolphins news release announcing the coaching hires made no mention of Campbell’s status with the team.
As for Joseph, he has 11 years of NFL coaching experience, including the past two in Cincinnati. Before that, he coached the Texans’ secondary and has also worked in San Francisco.
He has coached in both 4-3 and 3-4 systems.
Burke follows Joseph from Cincinnati. He has been in charge of the Bengals’ linebackers since 2014.
Day, meanwhile, gets a promotion. He was the assistant offensive line coach in Washington last year. Now he takes over Campbell’s old job: tight ends coach.
Day worked under Foerster in Washington in 2014; now he’ll work alongside him.
Foerster has 23 years of NFL experience, most recently with the 49ers. He was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator in 2004.
As for Jefferson, he should be able to relate to his players. He was an NFL receiver for 13 seasons. He has been a coach for the past 11 years, including the past three in Tennessee.