Today, the Miami Dolphins announced that their new defensive coordinator will be Vance Joseph, who spent the last two seasons coaching the defensive backs for the Cincinnati Bengals. Joseph, who is 43, will be working under new head coach Adam Gase, age 37, on what is quickly becoming one of the youngest coaching staffs in the league.
During Joseph’s two seasons with the Bengals, Cincinnati hauled in the second-most interceptions in the league, with 67, behind only 70 interceptions from the Denver Broncos. Over the same two years, the Dolphins were tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 23rd-most interceptions in the league, with 51.
The Dolphins’ previous defensive coordinator, Kevin Coyle, was also the Bengals’ defensive backs coach before coming to Miami.
Miami’s coaching staff will have to figure out how to build a team around the significant upcoming cap hit from last year’s premiere free agent, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Suh’s six-year contract called for a cap hit of $6.1 million in 2015 — that number escalates up to $28.6 million in 2016, which is more money than every NFL player but Drew Brees. The Dolphins are already $3 million over the 2016 salary cap.