Meet the new coaching staff.
It’s a lot like the old coaching staff.
Joe Philbin is gone. But a bunch of his hires are not.
Most notably: Darren Rizzi, who finished the season as Dan Campbell’s assistant head coach, will again lead the Dolphins’ special teams.
And Lou Anarumo, who served as Miami’s defensive coordinator after Kevin Coyle got fired in October, is back too. He slides back into a familiar role — coaching the Dolphins’ defensive backs, which he did for the past four seasons.
Other holdovers from Philbin’s staff, which the team announced Monday: Charlie Bullen (assistant linebackers), Ben Johnson (assistant wide receivers), Terrell Williams (defensive line), Marwan Maalouf (assistant special teams), Dave Puloka (strength and conditioning), Ken O’Keefe (senior football research analyst) and Blue Adams (football research analyst).
New coach Adam Gase did go outside the organization to fill several other openings.
In addition to confirming news from Saturday that Danny Barrett would coach the Dolphins’ running backs, the team announced the following hires:
Chris Kuper (offensive quality control), Rusty McKinney (defensive quality control), Jim Arthur (assistant strength and conditioning) and Ted Rath (assistant strength and conditioning).
“I am excited about this group of talented and experienced coaches,” Gase said. “I have high regard for their collective experience, knowledge and passion for the game. We will tirelessly work together to build schemes around our players’ strengths and are looking forward to getting to work and preparing for the upcoming offseason program.”
Although it’s not unusual for a handful of coaches to survive a change at the top, nine holdovers from one administration to the next is remarkable.
Rizzi, along with new offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen and new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, will meet with the media Thursday.