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The Dolphins have fired DC Josh Boyer after three seasons in the role

The Dolphins have fired DC Josh Boyer after three seasons in the role

MIAMI — The the dolphins The franchise fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer after four seasons, the last three as defensive coordinator, the team announced Thursday.

In addition to Boyer, the Dolphins also fired safeties coach Steve Gregory, outside linebackers coach Ty McKenzie and assistant linebackers coach Steve Ferentz.

“I appreciate Josh’s contributions this year and during his tenure with the Dolphins,” coach Mike McDaniel said in a statement. “The defense made strides throughout the season, so making this decision was not easy, but ultimately I feel it is in the long-term best interest of the Miami Dolphins and the continued growth of our players and team.”

The Dolphins have had several season-ending injuries to key starting cornerbacks this season Byron Jones and I Needhamsafety Brandon Jones and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. To jump-start their depleted defense, they traded for a Pro Bowl linebacker Bradley Chubb in November, he signed a five-year, $110 million contract after acquiring him.

Despite owning the league’s fourth-best run defense, Miami also ranked 21st in expected points defense, 22nd in pass attempts, 24th in points allowed per game and third-down percentage. A defense that ranked in the top 10 in sacks each of the previous two seasons struggled in 2022, finishing with 14 sacks – tied for second-fewest in the NFL.

Boyer was kept on staff after the Dolphins fired then-head coach Brian Flores after the 2021 season in hopes that his unit could maintain its productivity from the second half of last season, when he led the NFL in defensive EPA.

Boyer first came to Miami in 2019 from Flores. Before coming to South Florida, Boyer spent 12 years New England Patriots as a defensive assistant, defensive backs coach and cornerbacks coach.

“You learn when something doesn’t break, [you don’t fix it]”, McDaniel told ESPN in February of last year. “However there are the relationships with the players that come in, there is the scheme itself, and then there are the human relationships. I spent a lot of time with Josh before making that decision. All of those things help and then trusting the people who hired me who were in the building with him. This is not something you suddenly say, ‘Go ahead, I don’t feel like looking things up.’ It’s a very informed, calculated decision, and I think the proof is in the milk. That’s a top 10 defense from last year that I wouldn’t want to play against.

“You can’t beat them, join them.”

The Dolphins defensive coordinator opening should be an attractive position with players Xavien Howard, Jevon Holland, Christian Wilkins, Jaelan Phillips and Chubb under contract for at least next season.



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