Dolphins Fire DC Josh Boyer

Miami Dolphins DC Josh Boyer
Miami Dolphins DC Josh Boyer
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NFL Divisional - The Miami Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, according to a report from ESPN's Field Yates.

Boyer was hired as a defensive pass game coordinator and cornerbacks coach in 2019, following Brian Flores from New England to Miami upon receiving the head coaching job. Boyer was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2020 and retained his role once Mike McDaniel was hired as head coach.

In 2022, Miami posted a positive defensive DVOA for the first time since 2019 and for the first time under Boyer. While the Dolphins finished fourth in the league in defensive rushing DVOA, they were significantly lacking in their pass defense. Miami's eight interceptions this year were the fourth-fewest for a team this season. The Dolphins also finished the year with a 6.8% adjusted sack rate, ranking 20th in the league. 


11 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2023, 10:25pm

#1 by theslothook // Jan 19, 2023 - 4:50pm

Its reminding me of the tech layoffs

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#2 by KnotMe // Jan 19, 2023 - 5:08pm

I guess Mike McDaniels felt the need for a sacrificial lamb? Seems like alot of coordinators going this year and not many HC,  I think the only one fired after the season was Lovie Smith and he was basically an interim anyway. 

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#5 by BigRichie // Jan 19, 2023 - 6:23pm

Can't see why McDaniels would need a sacrificial lamb.

My wager would be McDaniels is about to bring in some buddy of his. Whom he'd have brought along at the getgo, but to nail the interview Mike figured he had to profess/fake faith in the DC in place, due to the GM or owner seeming to like him.

Points: 1

#6 by ImNewAroundThe… // Jan 19, 2023 - 8:36pm

Probably alright to have some continuity (especially since the last head coach came from that same background and was in control of the unit). 

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#7 by LionInAZ // Jan 19, 2023 - 8:40pm

Rhule, Reich, and Hackett were all fired (midseason, OK) this season as well. I don't see why they don't count as HC firings except for recency bias.

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#8 by Aaron Brooks G… // Jan 19, 2023 - 8:46pm

By the end, Hackett wasn’t really coaching anything.

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#9 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Jan 19, 2023 - 8:50pm

Seems like a typical overconfident wunderkind move.  Fire a competent coordinator in the hopes you're a good enough judge of coaching talent to hire someone better.  Might work out, odds are it won't.

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#10 by johonny12 // Jan 19, 2023 - 9:03pm

It was generally thought that he was Grier's hire, not really McDaniel's. Fans disliked him and were calling for his head all year and last. DVOA defensive rating from last year to this seem within the noise of DVOA certainly the drop off from Jones, Jones, and Needham to the street free agents they used most of the year had something to do with it. Now we get to see if Miami changes style or tries to find another coordinator familiar with running the same set. Either way,  the concept Miami is going to land a big name here seem remote. They've not landed a big name since . . .what ... Saban? I assume someone from the coach merry-go-round will be acquired. Pretty sure Boyer gets picked up on someone's staff.  

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#11 by Noahrk // Jan 19, 2023 - 10:25pm

I, for one, find the move surprising. Like you said, the injuries in the secondary were brutal and Boyer could scheme a good defense when he had a full deck. Like the previous poster said, high-risk move.

Points: 1

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