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    As the start of the regular season approaches, Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel’s philosophy of using top playmakers in the return game appears less like posturing and more like his actual plan, beginning Sunday when the Dolphins open with the New England Patriots. He has the backing of special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, who enters his 20th season coaching special teams in the NFL. “I agree with Mike. You can’t buy insurance on everything,” Crossman said of weighing out the injury risk for stars on special teams. “You see the random, odd stuff of guys cooking in the kitchen and they drop a knife and it hits their foot and they miss 10 days. Are we not allowed to eat? “Everything we do is about trying to win the game. Based on who plays, when they play, how they play, it’s all trying to win the football game.” On Wednesday, McDaniel said, in reply to the injury notion: “Hey, this just in: Every single play, people are trying to tackle you. Why are special teams any different from throwing a...
    With the 2022 NFL season fast approaching, the South Florida Sun Sentinel takes a look at 10 storylines to watch for in a 10-part series ahead of the Miami Dolphins’ first day of training camp, which is set for July 27. Say whatever you’d like to about Brian Flores’ resume as a head coach. Criticize his willingness to work collaboratively with others, or his ability to coach offense. It’s fair to point out the Miami Dolphins’ former coach’s limitations in those areas. But what can’t be denied is that Flores is one of the NFL’s young, innovative geniuses when it comes to building a defense, game planning, and in-game defensive play-calling. The success the Dolphins had under Flores, who was fired at the end of the 2021 season after producing a 24-25 record the past three years, can mainly be pinned on the defense’s ability to carry the team to victories, which it did for two consecutive winning seasons. And it would be disingenuous to think Flores didn’t take a heavy-handed approach on that side of the ball no matter...
    Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers. Q: Without [Brian] Flores being part of the defensive play-calling, what can we assume or expect with how well Josh Boyer will be now that this is his defense moving forward? — Dan Giunta on Twitter A: Much like how it’s a “prove-it” year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa because he has everything he should need to succeed heading into his third season, this could also be viewed as the season when the pressure is on Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator. This will be the true test for him — with defensive personnel that offers him all the tools he needs — to show he can do it without leaning on ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, whom he’s had a longstanding relationship with going back to their decade-plus together as assistants with the New England Patriots. As new coach Mike McDaniel reshaped the Dolphins’ offensive staff, he retained Boyer in his same defensive coordinator role as last season,...
    If you want a nostalgic reunion, there was former Miami Dolphins cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, together again, talking Wednesday about coaching with each other this time. If want a strategic reunion, there was Wes Welker, the Dolphin who got away, in from San Francisco with new coach Mike McDaniel to direct the receivers. Now, they just need some receivers. But if you want to see what this Dolphins offseason is about beyond the owner and former coach calling each other liars, there was Josh Boyer explaining his understandable and unusual transition from the old defensive coordinator to the new defensive coordinator. That is the proper framing, too. Understandable and unusual. Neither makes it right or wrong, inspired or insipid. Everyone starts with a blank slate when a regime changes, as they do with enough regularity around the Dolphins to understand why Boyer is the offensive-minded McDaniel’s biggest hire. He’ll coach McDaniel’s blindside. The defense is Boyer’s now, like never before under the defensive-minded Brian Flores. He was with Flores for 16 years –...
    If you want a nostalgic reunion, there was former Miami Dolphins cornerbacks Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, together again, talking Wednesday about coaching with each other this time. If want a strategic reunion, there was Wes Welker, the Dolphin who got away, in from San Francisco with new coach Mike McDaniel to direct the receivers. Now, they just need some receivers. But if you want to see what this Dolphins offseason is about beyond the owner and former coach and calling each other liars, there was Josh Boyer to explain his understandable and unusual transition from the old defensive coordinator to the new defensive coordinator. Those are the proper framing, too. Understandable and unusual. Neither makes it right or wrong, inspired or insipid. Everyone starts with a blank slate when a regime changes, as they do with enough regularity around the Dolphins to understand why Boyer is the offensive-minded McDaniel’s biggest hire. He’ll coach McDaniel’s blindside. The defense is Boyer’s now, like never before under the defensive-minded Brian Flores. Boyer was adamant Wednesday about drawing...
    The Miami Dolphins revealed that they promoted from within for their vacant safeties coach position on the staff and retained last season’s struggling offensive line coach — with a demotion — in the team’s announcement of its full coaching staff Friday afternoon. Steve Gregory will coach Dolphins safeties under new coach Mike McDaniel after he held the title of coaching assistant on last year’s Brian Flores-led team. Former offensive line coach Lemuel Jeanpierre, who saw his share of difficulties leading the unit in 2021, will remain in Miami as assistant offensive line coach, returning in the position he held in 2020 before his promotion ahead of last season. Gregory, 39, is a former NFL safety who held a similar role to the one he will now have when he was Detroit Lions defensive backs coach in 2020. He was a defensive assistant in Detroit the two seasons before that. He will get to coach one of the league’s most promising young safety tandems in Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones after already developing some rapport with the duo...
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins announced the hiring of three former players as part of new coach Mike McDaniel’s first coaching staff with the team. Among the hires, many of which had already been revealed but were finalized Friday: Wes Welker as wide receivers coach, Sam Madison as a cornerbacks and pass game specialist coach, and Patrick Surtain as a defensive assistant. Madison and Surtain were teammates in the Miami secondary, combining for 60 interceptions as members of the Dolphins. Welker spent three seasons with the Dolphins and remains the team’s all-time leader in kickoff return yards. The rest of the offensive staff, along with Welker, includes coordinator Frank Smith; associate head coach and running backs coach Eric Studesville; offensive line coach Matt Applebaum; quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Darrell Bevell; assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree; quality control coach Josh Grizzard; assistant quarterbacks coach Chandler Henley; assistant offensive line coach Lemuel Jeanpierre; and offensive assistants Mike Person, Aldrick Robinson and Kolby Smith. Miami’s defensive staff has coordinator Josh Boyer; assistant defensive backs...
    As new Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel looks to have continuity on the defensive side of his coaching staff, defensive coordinator Josh Boyer wasn’t the only assistant retained on Friday. The Dolphins are bringing back defensive line coach Austin Clark, a league source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. They are also reportedly retaining linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and cornerbacks coach Charles Burks on defense and keeping Eric Studesville as running backs coach after he served in that role and as co-offensive coordinator in 2021 under previous coach Brian Flores. The Dolphins lost former outside linebackers coach Rob Leonard on Friday. He accepted the same role as outside linebackers coach of the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic, ESPN and NFL Network. The retention of the other assistants was reported by the Miami Herald. Clark first joined the Dolphins in 2020 as outside linebackers coach but was then promoted to defensive line coach for the 2021 season. Clark led a group up front that was critical in Miami’s turnaround midseason last year....
    New Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel’s defensive staff under coordinator Josh Boyer continued to take shape on Friday morning with the retention of defensive line coach Austin Clark, a league source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Dolphins, who have been interested in keeping members of last year’s defensive staff, also lost former outside linebackers coach Rob Leonard on Friday. He accepted the same role as outside linebackers coach of the Baltimore Ravens, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic, ESPN and NFL Network. Clark remaining on the staff was first reported by the Miami Herald. Clark first joined the Dolphins in 2020 as outside linebackers coach but was then promoted to defensive line coach for the 2021 season. Clark led a group up front that was critical in Miami’s turnaround midseason last year. Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins led all NFL defensive linemen in tackles with 89. Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was Miami’s sack leader with nine, and defensive tackles Raekwon Davis and Zach Sieler were key cogs in the unit’s play. Leonard had...
    In what can be viewed as Mike McDaniel’s first controversial decision as the Miami Dolphins’ newly hired head coach, Josh Boyer will return as the team’s defensive coordinator. Miami had interest in landing former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, a respected defensive mind, to lead the defense, but a deal couldn’t get done. As a result, Boyer, who is beginning his 17th season as an NFL assistant and fourth with the Dolphins, will coordinate Miami’s defensive for a third straight season, according to league sources. In his first season as the defense’s playcaller, Boyer directed the unit to a sixth-place finish in the NFL. The Dolphins led the NFL in turnovers (29), third-down defense (31.2 conversion rate) and allowed 21.1 points per game. But that unit struggled in the first half of the 2021 season, and the issues got so bad Boyer was stripped of his playcalling duties and responsibilities in November, according to multiple team sources. Brian Flores, who the Dolphins fired after his third season, took over as Miami’s defensive playcaller, and...
    In what can be viewed as Mike McDaniel’s first controversial decision as the Miami Dolphins’ newly hired head coach, Josh Boyer will return as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator. Miami had interest in landing former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, a respected defensive mind, to lead the Dolphins defense, but a deal couldn’t get done. As a result, Boyer, who is beginning his 17th season as an NFL assistant and fourth with the Dolphins, will coordinate Miami’s defensive for a third straight season, according to league sources. In his first season as the defense’s playcaller, Boyer directed that unit to a sixth place finish in the NFL. The Dolphins led the NFL in turnovers (29), third-down defense (31.2 conversion rate), and allowed 21.1 points per game. But that unit struggled in the first half of the 2021 season, and the issues got so bad Boyer was stripped of his playcalling duties and responsibility in November, according to multiple team sources. Brian Flores, whom the Dolphins fired at the conclusion of his third season, took over...
    The Miami Dolphins have fired secondary coach Gerald Alexander, one of the team’s top assistants the past two seasons. Alexander, who led Miami’s secondary for the past two seasons, coaching and leading the development of Miami’s cornerback and safety unit, was told by new coach Mike McDaniel that the team was moving in a different direction, according to a league source. Alexander, who played and coached in the NFL, interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator opening this week, but that position was filled by former Buccaneers linebacker coach Mike Caldwell on Thursday. Even though he’s still under contract, Alexander is free to join another NFL staff immediately. At this point, it’s unclear who will replace Alexander. In his first season as an assistant with the Dolphins in 2020, Alexander coached the unit that led the NFL in turnovers, which was bolstered by Pro Bowl cornerback Xavien Howard, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions. In his second season, Alexander mentored rookie safety Jevon Holland and second-year safety Brandon Jones, who each had promising...
    Miami Dolphins assistant Gerald Alexander is being interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator vacancy under newly hired coach Doug Pederson, according to a league source. Alexander, who coached the Dolphins secondary the past two seasons and is viewed as one of the staff’s young, rising stars, would be coaching the second of the five teams he played for during his five-year NFL career if he leaves Miami for the Jaguars. Alexander played safety for the Dolphins in 2011, and spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Jaguars before entering the coaching, first in the collegiate ranks and then in the NFL. In his first season as an assistant with the Dolphins in 2020, Alexander coached the unit that led the NFL in turnovers, which was bolstered by Xavien Howard, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions. In his second season, Alexander mentored rookie safety Jevon Holland and second-year safety Brandon Jones, who each had promising seasons as Dolphins’ starters. Late in the year former coach Brian Flores, who hired Alexander from the University of...
    (CNN)The Houston Texans announced Monday the hiring of defensive coordinator Lovie Smith as the franchise's next head coach.Smith has previously served as a head coach twice in the NFL for 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined the Texans' staff prior to the 2021 season from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the school's head football coach from 2016 to 2020.Smith, who is Black, is the second person of color to be hired as an NFL head coach this offseason. The Miami Dolphins announced Sunday they hired Mike McDaniel, who is multiracial, as their new head coach. The NFL made a rule to boost diversity in upper ranks. Its not what my father intended it to be"I have so many friends, family, teammates and coaches to thank for supporting me and helping me continue to do what I love, which is teaching and developing players," said Smith, per a team statement. "I understand the responsibility I have to this organization and this city to develop a championship-level program. I'm ready to get...
    Mike McDaniel’s first order of business as the Miami Dolphins’ new head coach is to put together a quality staff, and it appears one of his top targets will be former Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio, who led the Broncos to a 19-30 record in his three seasons before getting fired in January, has served as the defensive coordinator for five NFL teams and one college program (Stanford) during his 36 seasons as a coach in college and the NFL. McDaniel, who finalized his own contract with the Dolphins after being chosen over Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore following their weekend interviews, will be required to interview at least one minority candidate for his coordinator positions because of the alterations made to the Rooney Rule last year, which were intended to improve the NFL’s diversity in its coaching ranks. But according to a league source Fangio, who also has interest from other teams which include the New York Giants, sits atop McDaniel’s list of assistants he wants to coach the Dolphins defense. Miami’s defense...
    The Miami Dolphins’ next coach reportedly won’t be known this week, with that development coming on the same day it was revealed former Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn would be staying in Dallas. Quinn, the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator and coach of the Falcons when they went to the Super Bowl in 2017, has informed teams he will stay with the Cowboys, according to multiple reports on Thursday. NFL Network also reported that the Dolphins will commence a second round of interviews early next week. Miami will take its time after the first two dominoes fell on Thursday in hires made by the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears for their vacancies. The Broncos hired Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett while the Bears brought in Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Neither was in the mix for the Dolphins’ opening, but Quinn’s stance cuts Miami’s available options that have been interviewed to six. The Dolphins will line up second interviews with Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and Dallas...
    The Miami Dolphins’ next head coach will not be Dan Quinn. The Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons head coach has informed teams he will stay with the Cowboys, according to NFL Network. The news came in Thursday morning after the Denver Broncos hired Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to be their head coach and the Chicago Bears filled their head coaching vacancy with Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus. Quinn was one of the most highly sought-after names in this offseason’s cycle of coaching changes. He participated in interviews for six coaching vacancies since the NFL regular season ended, including the Dolphins. Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll remains available as a leading candidate for Miami’s opening while Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph is also an option as a candidate with previous head coaching experience. The Dolphins have also interviewed San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Los Angeles Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown. Quinn was at...
    Several league sources believe Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is the favorite to be the Miami Dolphins’ next head coach. If Daboll takes that job, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and ex-Dolphins head coach Brian Flores emerge as the leading contenders to be the Giants’ next head coach. There are other contenders, too. Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham interviewed Wednesday. Flores will interview Thursday at the facility. Leslie Frazier has his second interview in person on Friday. Then it could be decision time. “If we’ve got our guy and we come to a consensus, it could be as early as Saturday morning,” GM Joe Schoen said. Co-owner John Mara separately echoed a similar timeline: “I would hope that by the beginning of next week we will have made a decision on this.” Mara said on Jan. 12 that the Giants needed to give their next general manager “the flexibility to bring in the head coach that he wants.” On Wednesday, he called the hiring process a “collaboration” and said everyone will have...
    Brian Flores has had eyes for the New York Giants since his Miami Dolphins firing. And the Giants are reciprocating his interest. Sources tell the Daily News that members of the Giants organization have contacted multiple members of the Dolphins’ support staff and assistant coaches to do due diligence on Flores ahead of his scheduled Thursday interview in East Rutherford. And they’ve received encouraging and glowing reviews in return. The Giants aren’t shy about acknowledging that they’ve done meaningful work on Flores. They make calls on all candidates, but this homework on Flores’ time in Miami reflects a specifically thorough process on him, reinforces the Giants’ serious interest, and indicates the feedback is positive. That’s important because there was plenty of negative noise on how Flores’ tenure in Miami ended, though sources say the coach’s main sticking point with the organization centered on its need for improvement at quarterback. It’s hard to blame Flores for wanting more after watching the transcendent level of play from the Bills’ Josh Allen and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes...
    As of Friday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins have seven head coaching candidates they are known to be pursuing interviews for. The position became vacant on Monday morning, when the Dolphins announced the surprising firing of ex-coach Brian Flores. Flores had just completed back-to-back winning seasons after exceeding expectations in his first year at the helm in Miami, going 5-11 with a roster devoid of NFL-caliber talent. He went 24-25 in three seasons. The seven known targets are three offensive coordinators, three defensive coordinators and a running back coach. The three with a defensive background also have previous head coaching experience, and three of the six have made a previous stop with the Dolphins, two as a coordinator. Flores, who owner Steve Ross did not feel effectively communicated within the organization, has since been reported as landing an interview with the Chicago Bears for their coaching vacancy. Here are the coaches, in alphabetical order, and key things to know about each of the candidates: Thomas Brown, Rams assistant head coach/running back coach Brown is familiar with...
    As of Thursday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins have six head coaching candidates they are known to be pursuing interviews for. The position became vacant on Monday morning, when the Dolphins announced the surprising firing of ex-coach Brian Flores. Flores had just completed back-to-back winning seasons after exceeding expectations in his first year at the helm in Miami, going 5-11 with a roster devoid of NFL-caliber talent. He went 24-25 in three seasons. The six known targets are three offensive coordinators and three defensive coordinators. The three with a defensive background also have previous head coaching experience, and three of the six have made a previous stop with the Dolphins, two as a coordinator. Flores, who owner Steve Ross did not feel effectively communicated within the organization, has since been reported as landing an interview with the Chicago Bears for their coaching vacancy. Here are the coaches, in alphabetical order, and key things to know about each of the candidates: Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator Daboll has ties to the Dolphins and to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa....
    The Miami Dolphins have reportedly requested to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, bringing their total to six, as of Wednesday evening. Frazier also serves as assistant head coach with Buffalo, where he has been since 2017. He was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013, compiling a record of 21-33-1, including playoffs. He was interim head coach for Minnesota to finish the 2010 season. News of the Dolphins’ interest was first reported by MMQB on Wednesday night, and then by ESPN and NFL Network. Frazier, 62, has also been coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Vikings (2007-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04). He was defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Tony Dungy on the 2006 Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts. As a player, he also won a Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears. The defensive back had 20 interceptions in his five-year playing career from 1981-85. Of the five others the Dolphins have requested to interview, there are three offensive coordinators and two defensive coordinators. The two defensive coaches...
    The Miami Dolphins have reportedly requested to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, bringing their total to six, as of Wednesday evening. Frazier also serves as assistant head coach with Buffalo, where he has been since 2017. He was head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2011 to 2013, compiling a record of 21-33-1, including playoffs. He was interim head coach for Minnesota to finish the 2010 season. News of the Dolphins’ interest was first reported by MMQB on Wednesday night and then by ESPN and NFL Network. Frazier, 62, has also been coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15), Vikings (2007-10) and Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04). He was defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Tony Dungy on the 2006 Super Bowl-winning Indianapolis Colts. As a player, he also won a Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears. The defensive back had 20 interceptions in his five-year playing career from 1981-85. Of the other five others the Dolphins have requested to interview, there are three offensive coordinators and two defensive coordinators. The two defensive...
    The Miami Dolphins have reportedly put in their first five requests for permission to interview candidates for their head coaching job. After the first known request was sent out to the Buffalo Bills on Monday night for their offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, Miami followed it up on Tuesday by reaching out for interviews with San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. For those keeping score, that’s three offensive coaches and two defensive coaches. All requests were reported by NFL Network, with Joseph first reported by The MMQB. The Dolphins’ head job is open after Miami fired coach Brian Flores on Monday morning. Flores, on Tuesday, reportedly lined up an interview with the Chicago Bears. Daboll has a playoff game against the New England Patriots to coach on Saturday night while McDaniel’s 49ers play Quinn and Moore’s Cowboys on Sunday evening, and Joseph’s Cardinals face the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night of wild-card weekend in the NFL. ...
    Getty Matt Burke celebrates a Dolphins touchdown on November 4, 2018. The New York Jets have just come to terms with former Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke, only he’ll take on more of a game-management role in New York. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Burke will focus his 15 years of NFL experience on aiding Robert Saleh with situational football and game-planning/prep work. He will not be a position coach, nor will he call plays. The #Jets have hired former #Dolphins DC Matt Burke for a game-management role, source says. Burke, who most recently served as #Eagles run game coordinator and DL coach, brings 15 NFL seasons’ experience as a defensive coach but will help on both sides of the ball. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 26, 2021 For a first-year head coach, this sounds like a dream hire to have by your side when the decision-making gets tough, and it will get tough at times.Who Is Matt Burke?Many Jets fans are probably wondering, Matt Burke? Game-management? Who, what? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone, but...
    Patrick Smith/Getty Images Head coach Mike Tomlin and other Pittsburgh Steelers coaches look on from the sideline against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020. On Thursday Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin announced that three of his assistant coaches will not have their contracts renewed, namely offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley. But that trio—plus tight ends coach James Daniel, who retired on Thursday—may not be the only Steelers assistants on their way out the door. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reveals that senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin has interviewed with Tennessee for its vacant defensive coordinator position. More potential coaching departures for Steelers: Senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin is interviewing with the Tennessee Titans today to be their defensive coordinator. — Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 14, 2021 Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was heavily criticized for not employing a defensive coordinator this past season, instead opting to use outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen, who performed the duties...
    Getty Raiders GM Mike Mayock speaking to Isaiah Johnson. The wheels came off for the Las Vegas Raiders a while ago but it seems like things just keep getting worse. They’ve been without a number of key players almost every week, and now they’ve been losing coaches the last couple of weeks. Last week, they were without offensive coordinator Greg Olson due to COVID-19 reasons. This past week, they were without defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Raiders had to get creative with how they filled the void at coach: In addition, the Raiders’ coaching ranks were so depleted with the loss of defensive backs coach Jim O’Neil and assistant Taver Johnson — both of whom missed the game because of COVID-19 — that general manager Mike Mayock, a former college and NFL defensive back, was in the coaching booth lending a hand. Backup safety Jeff Heath, who is on the injured reserve list, was also pressed into coaching duty. Mayock and Heath have exactly zero professional or college...
    Getty Cameron Wake For the second time in three months, Bleacher Report has called for the Cowboys to sign Cameron Wake. Which is the one move Dallas “should make before the 2020 seasons begins,” argues columnist Kristopher Knox, who argues that Wake would represent a low-budget replacement for last season’s team sack leader, Robert Quinn. Replacing Quinn won’t be easy, and the Cowboys are in a bit of a bind when it comes to chasing free agents. While they do have roughly $10.5 million in cap space, they would presumably like to work out a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott before the July 15 deadline. Therefore, Dallas should be looking exclusively at budget options, which is where veteran Cameron Wake comes in. Although Wake produced only 2.5 sacks for the Tennessee Titans last season, he had a double-digit-sack campaign as recently as 2017. Wake also has experience with Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Nolan—the two were with the Miami Dolphins in 2010 and 2011, when Nolan served as defensive coordinator. Perhaps more importantly, Wake shouldn’t cost the Cowboys...
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