Dolphins Part Ways with Defensive Coordinator Josh Boyer

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Dolphins Part Ways with Defensive Coordinator Josh Boyer


The axes keep falling today. With offensive coordinators Byron Leftwich (Buccaneers) and Greg Roman (Ravens) already looking for new jobs, the Dolphins have joined the action. Miami announced that they had parted ways with defensive coordinator Josh Boyer this afternoon.

“I am grateful for Josh’s contributions this year and throughout his tenure with the Dolphins,” Head Coach Mike McDaniel said in a statement released by the Dolphins. “The defense made strides through the season, so coming to this decision was not easy, but ultimately I feel it is in the best long-term interests of the Miami Dolphins and the continued growth of our players and team.”

Safeties coach Steve Gregory, outside linebackers coach Ty McKenzie, and assistant linebackers coach Steve Ferentz were also relieved of their duties.

Josh Boyer joined the Dolphins in 2019 as the team’s defensive pass game coordinator and cornerbacks coach. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2020 under former head coach Brian Flores.

When McDaniel was hired last offseason, he kept Boyer as his defensive coordinator. But it appears that McDaniel is going to hire his own coaches. Much as the case was with Leftwich’s firing from Tampa Bay earlier.

Here’s how Miami’s defense stacked up in 2022:

  • Points Allowed: 23.5 (24th)
  • Yards Allowed Per Game: 337.8 (18th)
  • Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 234.8 (27th)
  • Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game: 103.0 (4th)
  • Sacks Per Pass Attempt: 6.41% (22nd)
  • Interception Rate: 1.28% (30th)

McDaniel will now have the chance to hire his defensive coordinator and staff. The Dolphins join the Falcons in the hunt for a new DC. Cleveland has already hired Jim Schwartz earlier this week.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.