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Butler Turns Dolphins Down: Johnson and Cox Possible Candidates?

The past week has been a whirlwind of news when it comes to the open defensive coordinator position.

First Paul Pasqualoni was fired, then the news broke that the Dolphins were set to interview both Al Groh, a friend of Bill Parcells, and Keith Butler, the linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Groh was said to be the “front-runner” for the job up until he accepted the defensive coordinator’s job for Georgia Tech University.

Almost immediately after it was learned that Groh would not be taking the job for the Dolphins, I had my heart set on scooping up Butler, and having one of the best all-around linebacking corps over the next couple of years.

Sure, the Dolphins need to add some pieces to that group, but with the help of both Butler, and newly minted linebackers coach Bill Sheridan, we would be solid next year, even if we did not have all of the pieces.

Then came the news that Butler turned the Dolphins down to stay as the linebackers coach in Pittsburgh. But who can honestly blame the man for staying in a place where he will probably be the defensive coordinator of an elite defense in only a matter of years.

The Dolphins are now almost out of candidates, and are on a bit of a time schedule seeing as how they are set to send their coaching staff to Mobile, Alabama for the 2010 Senior Bowl in the upcoming weeks.

There still are some possible candidates out their, but none as appealing as the two that spurned us this week.

These are all guys that Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald pointed out after the news of Butler turning us down, but I highlighted my favorites for the job, and wrote in a couple words:

Pepper Johnson: A guy that is the defensive ends coach for the New England Patriots, who also played under Bill Parcells. I could see this guy coaching for us, and seeing as how he has never been a coordinator before, this could be the shot of youth that we are looking for on our staff.

Bryan Cox: The former Dolphins does know a thing or two about the 3-4 defense, but I am not so sure on how good of a defensive mind he will turn out to be. He is also a loud-mouth, which is something that the Dolphins do not like in their players, let alone their coaches.

Bob Sutton: This is also an appealing, and interesting candidate for the Dolphins to consider. Sutton is the linebackers coach for the New York Jets, and was formerly the defensive coordinator until Rex Ryan came in and demoted him this past season. I like the job that Sutton has been doing with his linebackers this year, and he could be a possibility for the Dolphins, but may be the low man on the totem pole.

Todd Bowles: Bowles would be a guy that we would hire from within. He already knows the system and the personnel well, so it would be not that big of a transition for the players to get accustomed to. He is currently the secondary coach for the team. I could see Bowles getting hired over anybody else on this list.

I would put my money on either Johnson or Bowles, but would not be surprised if their was a dark horse in all of this. Perhaps even Rob Ryan from the Cleveland Browns.

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, I couldn’t imagine Cox as a coach for us.

    -Sam

    • Same here, he does not seem to have the right mindset for the job, but nevertheless, his name was mentioned. -Brant

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