Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dolphins' LBs coach to take Vikings coordinator job


The Miami Dolphins now have another coaching position to fill, this time on the defensive side of the ball.

According to a report by Fox Sports, Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards will be named the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

Prior to joining the Dolphins in 2012, his second stint with the team after holding the same linebacker coaching job from 2005 to 2009, Edwards served as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills.

In his two seasons there, his defense ranked 28th and 30th in scoring and had just one Pro Bowl invitee (defensive tackle Kyle Williams in 2010).

In 2013, Edwards led a highly scrutinized Dolphins linebacker corps. New acquisitions Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler often looked out of place and overmatched, with both ranking among the worst in their respective positions according to Pro Football Focus' grading system.

He'll take over under first-year defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer, leading a defense that ranked last in points allowed and second-to-last in yards allowed in last season. The unit finished 27th in defensive DVOA, according to Football Outsiders.

Zimmer is a well-respected defensive mind, so it'd be reasonable to expect that he'd handle the bulk of the defensive scheme and gameplanning, similar to Rex Ryan with the New York Jets.


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