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Who is Tony Oden, the Miami Dolphins’ safeties coach under Brian Flores?

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Meet Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores’ coaching staff

The Miami Dolphins hired Brian Flores to be the team’s next head coach on Mon., Feb. 4. Here are the coaches that will make up his staff.

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Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores retained current Miami defensive backs coach Tony Oden. Oden will now be the team’s safeties coach. Here’s what you need to know about Oden:

Age: 45.

Years coaching in NFL: 15.

Previous stops (and titles): Miami Dolphins (defensive backs coach, 2018-present), Detroit Lions (cornerbacks coach, 2014-2017), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (defensive backs coach, 2013), Jacksonville Jaguars (defensive backs coach, 2012), New Orleans Saints (secondary coach, 2011; assistant secondary coach, 2006-2010), Houston Texans (defensive assistant, 2004-2005).

Notable players coached: Xavien Howard, Darius Slay, Darrelle Revis.

Quick thoughts: Oden is one of two Dolphins assistants who Flores is expected to retain, and it is for good measure. The Dolphins finished second in the league last year with 21 interceptions with 17 of those coming from Oden’s secondary. Xavien Howard tied for the league lead with seven despite missing four games. Reshad Jones and rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick each recorded pick-sixes during the year. Before his time with the Dolphins, Oden tutored Lions corner Darius Slay into a first-team All-Pro and coached Darrelle Revis during a Pro Bowl year with the Buccaneers in 2013.

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Jordan McPherson covers the Miami Marlins and high school sports for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and covered the Gators athletic program for five years before joining the Herald staff in December 2017.
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