Miami Dolphins Hire Three Pats Assistants

Dolphins Another Team Trying to Create Patriots South

BOSTON -- The Dolphins love to eat Patriots assistants coaches or at least that is what they have done this past week. The Dolphins hired Pats de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores to be their head coach. Former Pats wide receiver coach Chad O'Shea left to become the Dolphins offensive coordinator. Former Pats Assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, in a lateral move, will become Miami’s assistant quarterbacks coach. Greg Schiano will replace Brian Flores as defensive coordinator. Bill Belichick knew of O'Shea because he worked with his father Mike when he broke into the league in 1975 as a coaching assistant. O'Shea has been with the Pats for 10 years and will finally get his chance to be offensive coordinator.

“Chad is extremely smart, innovative and hard working. He brings a lot of energy to practice and meetings,” Flores said in the release. “Chad has a great rapport with players. He has earned the trust of a lot of guys he has worked with from Randy Moss to Wes Welker to Julian Edelman. Chad has gotten the most out of his players from the 10 years I have been around him.”

Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer will have the same role in Miami in addition to being defensive passing game coordinator. Boyer has coached some of the league's best corners during his time in New England including Aqib Talib, Darrelle Revis and Stephon Gilmore. Boyer was instrumental in helping the Pats secondary become one of the best in football this year. Particularly impressive was his ability to develop rookie free agent J.C. Jackson into one of the better No. 2 corners in football.

The Pats secondary shined in the playoffs - as the defense held the Los Angeles Rams to three points to earn the Pats a sixth Super Bowl title. Jerry Schuplinski will have a similar role in Miami. Four coaching assistants who could rise in the ranks are Mike Pellegrino, Atif Austin (team thinks highly of him), DeMarcus Covington and Cole (no relation to Greg) Popovich.

There has already been a lot of turnover on the coaching staff less than a week removed from the Super Bowl. Player turnover is next.