The great Dolphins assistant diaspora is underway.
Now that much of Adam Gase’s staff is in place, Joe Philbin’s old staff is busy finding work.
Most notably: Dan Campbell has joined the Saints’ coaching staff. Campbell will both lead the tight ends and serve as assistant head coach, ESPN first reported. The move is a logical one; he played under New Orleans coach Sean Payton in both New York and Dallas.
Plus all signs to point to former defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle returning to Cincinnati to again coach the Bengals’ defensive backs.
Furthermore, Zac Taylor, who ended the season as Miami’s play-caller, took a job as the University of Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator over the weekend. No word on what’s next for Lou Anarumo, who replaced Coyle as defensive coordinator when Philbin was fired in October.
But the biggest news, of course, is the likely loss of Campbell, who had also drawn interest from the Vikings. Campbell wanted to keep the job he held on an interim basis for the last 12 games of the 2015 season, but the Dolphins decided to hire Gase instead and largely clean house.
The latter point became clear Tuesday, when Miami announced wholesale changes to its coaching staff.
Gase hired Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator, Matt Burke to lead the linebackers, Shawn Day to coach the tight ends, Chris Foerster to run the offensive line and Shawn Jefferson to coach the wide receivers.
If Coyle indeed gets the Bengals job, he and Joseph would have switched jobs; Joseph last coached the Bengals’ defensive backfield.