Assessing the Dolphins Coaching Staff for the 2021 NFL Season

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| August 19, 2021 7:11 am PDT

The Miami Dolphins have appeared in the postseason just once since 2010. The last postseason victory was in the 2000-01 NFL season.

They did not have lofty expectations last season with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick starting in place of Tua Tagovailoa for nearly half the season.

Expectations are high this season, however, so the coaching staff will have their work cut out for them.

To gauge what fans can expect out of this team, here’s a look at the Miami Dolphins coaching staff for the upcoming 2021-22 NFL season.

Brian Flores – Head Coach

Brian Flores

An up-and-coming coach who was under the tutelage of Bill Belichick has an opportunity to make a name for himself.

Flores is 15-17 thus far through two seasons, and many believe he will be placed on the hot seat if they fail to at least post a winning record.

The Dolphins have the goods to grow up in front of our very own eyes. Flores learned a lot while he was with the Patriots from 2004-2018.

The bevy of job titles he had through the years with New England paved the way for him to become an NFL coach.

  • Scouting Executive (2004-05)
  • Pro Scout (2006-07)
  • Special Teams Assistant (2008-09)
  • Assistant Offense & Special Teams Coach (2010)
  • Defensive Assistant (2011)
  • Safeties Coach (2012-15)
  • Linebackers Coach (2016-18)
  • Defensive Play-Caller (2018)

Flores gutted out a few narrow victories that nearly put the Dolphins in the postseason last year.

To continue to move up the coaching ladder, we will need to see growth and development in the offense. Flores has a responsibility to get this franchise over the hump.

This year or the next will tell us a lot. While lacking head coaching experience, Flores has solid talent and plays in a division where they stack up well enough to earn a wild card berth.

Top Miami Assistants

Flores has brought in coaches and coordinators that have plenty of experience. A few of them had similar experiences coaching with the Patriots.

The head coach oversees putting together the perfect mixture, and if there are any failed experiments, it will come back to the man in charge.

The main coordinators have been with the franchise since the 2018-19 seasons, so this could be the best year yet based on continuity.

Josh Boyer – Defensive Coordinator

Boyer spent time with the New England Patriots from 2006-18. The experience needed to coach in the NFL takes time, and patience is often not given.

Learning under Bill Belichick is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Boyer did a fine job last season in his first year.

The Dolphins’ defense came to play last season with their opportunistic style.

  • 29 takeaways (1st in NFL)
  • 18 interceptions (1st in NFL)

The ability to take the ball away takes off the pressure from the offense. If they can continue to ball out on defense, Miami could be in store for another underrated season.

George Godsey – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends

Another former Patriot coach is on the staff of Brian Flores. Godsey was a former successful quarterback for Georgia Tech, but he has started to make a name for himself as an assistant in the NFL.

Coaching for the Texans and Lions has added to his experience and should allow for continued success as he attempts to develop the play of Tagovailoa and the young pieces around him.

Players such as Myles Gaskin, Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, Mike Gesicki, and DeVante Parker are all young weapons that need to flourish.

Offense stands out for Miami when looking at the 2021 AFC East strengths and weaknesses, and it will be the job of Godsey to get them ample opportunities for success.

Eric Studesville – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs

Studesville was promoted to co-offensive coordinator this past March, and he is one of the few main coordinators without experience on the New England Patriots.

He does bring some head coaching experience – he was the interim coach that replaced current New England offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels when he was the head coach at Denver.

Studesville coached three games (1-3) and started Tim Tebow in the final four games of the 2010 season.

We have seen Studesville in the NFL with the Bears, Giants, Bills, Broncos, and now the Dolphins. He was the run game coordinator, since 2018, alongside the running backs coach, which he has since kept.

Other Dolphins Assistants for 2021

  • Danny Crossman: Assistant Head Coach/ST Coordinator
  • Gerald Alexander: Defensive Backs
  • Charles Burks: Cornerbacks
  • Brendan Farrell: Assistant Special Teams
  • Austin Clark: Defensive Line Coach
  • Anthony Campanile: Linebackers
  • Shawn Flaherty: Assistant OL Coach
  • Charlie Frye: QB Coach
  • Josh Grizzard: WR Coach
  • Curt Kuntz: Assistant DB Coach
  • Mike Judge: Assistant TE Coach
  • Lemuel Jeanpierre: OL Coach
  • Rob Leonard: OLB Coach
  • Jordan Salkin: Quality Control
  • Kolby Smith: Quality Control
  • Jim Arthur: Assistant Strength & Conditioning
  • David Puloka: Head Strength & Conditioning

Many of the Miami Dolphins assistants came over from the college ranks. A few of them were former college studs back in the day.

The most notable one is Charlie Frye, who once starred as the quarterback for the Akron Zips.

If Miami continues to improve and they reach the postseason, many of the assistants will continue to move up the ladder and find themselves even better opportunities down the road.

Looking Ahead To 2021 For Miami

Miami Dolphins Logo

The Dolphins enter the season with higher expectations after they exceeded them from a season ago. Many are hoping they can finally bust through and end their playoff drought.

Getting a playoff victory wouldn’t be too shabby either but improving one step at a time is the goal.

The Miami Dolphins have their eyes at the top of the division after falling short twice against Buffalo last season. They have been a thorn in the side of New England, and that must continue if they expect to land one of the final three wild card spots.

Flores has some pressure but should be up for the task with a solid group that will stay afloat in the AFC playoff picture.

See how the rest of the AFC East stacks up on the sidelines in 2021, starting with my New England Patriots 2021 coaching staff analysis.

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