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Groh To Georgia Tech: My Consensus Of Our Situation

ESPN is reporting that the supposed “front runner” for the Dolphins open defensive coordinator spot is now the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.

Personally, I am breathing a huge sigh of relief, as I have personally been favoring Keith Butler as my pick for the defensive coordinator job.

Here is why:

Al Groh may be a good, if not great defensive mind in his own right, but there is one very unappealing factor about him. He is not known for his aggressive defenses, and that is something that Tony Sparano has said that he wants more of.

Last year the Dolphins defense was bland, vanilla per say. Sparano wants that to change, and this is where I think Bill Parcells is letting Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland put their own mark on this team now.

Groh was linked to the Dolphins because of his releationship with Parcells, so he was of course, considered the favorite to get the open defensive position.

With the Trifecta already deciding on former New York Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan as their linebackers coach, they have already started the exotic blitz movement.

If you look at some of the pass rushing abilities that the Giants have had the past few years, one has to be excited about this addition.

As well as the Groh rumors, there were numerous reports that Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was interviewing for the defensive coordnator spot as well.

You have to have been in a hole the past couple of years to not know exactly how great the Steelers linebackers have been at blitzing this decade.

So why would Sparano and Ireland not want to give the job to Butler?

Here is where we go back to Groh.

The Dolphins staff is filled with experienced NFL minds, that have been around the league enough to have answers for almost any formation. But the Dolphins are slowly starting to change the way they do things, again.

The hire of Sheridan shows that the Dolphins would like to implement some exotic blitzes of their own this season, and want plenty of flavor in their defensive scheme this upcoming year.

So why not add Butler as your defensive coordinator, and bring over all of that flavor that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has had for countless years now. Butler may not be the complete mastermind behind the Steelers awesome defense this decade, but as the linebackers coach, which is one of the main cogs in the Steelers defensive system, the linebackers coach may be one of the most important coaches on the Steelers defense.

Do not get me wrong, I am sure that Groh would have served as a good coordinator, but I am starting to get the feeling that Parcells is backing off of the scene little by little now. Sure, I would not expect him to leave the team this off-season, no there is more work to be done, but if the Dolphins were to hire Butler now and start anew with their defensive schemes, and match the rival New York Jets, blitz for blitz, I could see this team turning into something special, without Parcells, in the coming years.

Pull the trigger and hire Butler for the defensive coordinator position. Draft both an inside and outside linebacker in the draft. Sign Vince Wilfork. Do whatever you can to improve this defensive. I plead you Mr. Ireland and Coach Sparano, you are about to start something special. And it is all about to start with the hire of Butler, and the blitzes that come with him.


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