Dolphins Fire Kevin Coyle, Promote Lou Anarumo
Perhaps the calls for the sacking of defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle were slightly louder than those for head coach Joe Philbin. So when the Miami Dolphins announced earlier this week that Philbin was shown the bin with no word on Coyle's continued employment, some were left scratching their heads.
But now owner Stephen Ross has gotten around to pink-slipping Coyle too. He's out and defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has been chosen to replace him.
Coyle has served as DC since 2012 to little notable success. His previous experience was coaching defensive backs for the Cincinnati Bangles and several gigs at the college level.
Anarumo also had several years of experience on the college level before joining the Dolphins in 2012. Though he only served as a defensive coordinator once before in the early '90s at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a Division-III school. His most recent pre-Dolphins experience was as defensive backs coach for Purdue.
According to NFL.com, the call to fire Coyle was made by interim head coach Dan Campbell, who has apparently been given quite a bit of freedom to make such a call in the first place.
However, it's not a surprising decision to make. Coyle had lost the faith of his players. Members even reportedly held a closed-door meeting with the coach to complain about his defensive scheme. Should-be-star Ndamukong Suh had even reportedly taken to not wearing cleats to practice in protest.