The Miami Dolphins announced today the completion of head coach Joe Philbin's staff. The team hired four new coaches, and retained one more, to fill out a staff now consisting of 20 personnel to assist Philbin in hiw first year as a head coach.
Announced today was assistant defensive backs coach Blue Adams, defensive assistant Charlie Bullen, offensive assistant Ben Johnson, and assistant offensive line coach Chris Mosley. The team retained running backs coach Jeff Nixon.
Adams spent the past year working as the University of Northern Iowa defensive backs coach, following a year at Purdue as a graduate assistant. Adams played cornerback in the NFL, being selected in the seventh round of the 2003 draft by the Detroit Lions. He spent the 2003 season with the Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2004, he was optioned by the Chicago Bears to the NFL Europe's Rhein Fire, before playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His final season in the NFL was 2007 with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2008, he attempted to make the Atlanta Falcons, but was released prior to the season, and 2009 saw him try out in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. He played four years at the University of Cincinnati, after graduating from Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida.
Bullen spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant for the University of Iowa working with the defense. Prior to that, Bullen served as a student assistant for two years, working with Iowa's then-offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe. O'Keefe is now serving as the Dolphins' wide receivers coach.
Johnson served the last three years at Boston College, starting as a video graduate assistant in 2009, followed by the offensive graduate assistant in 2010 and 2011. Johnson played the 2004 to 2008 seasons at the University of North Carolina as a quarterback before working as a software developer for a year in Durham, North Carolina.
Mosley comes to Miami after spending a the last year as the offensive line coach at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Prior to that, he served in 2009 as an offensive line assistant and 2010 as a defensive line assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2008, Mosley was the tight ends coach for Princeton University, after 2007 with Boston College as an offensive line assistant. Prior to that, Mosley spent a year as a defensive backs coach at Villanova, a graduate assistant at the University of Akron, and an offensive line coach and Director of Strength at Conditioning in 2004 for Washington and Jeferson College. Mosley was a running back in college, spending two years at Southeast Missouri State before transferring to Washington and Jefferson.
Nixon remains with the Dolphins, beginning his second year with the franchise. In his first year as the team's running backs coach, Nixon saw running back Reggie Bush run for a career high 1,086 yards and rookie running back Daniel Thomas lead all AFC rookies with 581 yards. Nixon spent the 2007 to 2010 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, working as an assistant coach with the special teams and offense. He also worked as the running backs coach in 2006 for Temple University, the special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 2003-2005 for Tennessee-Chattanooga, and as the running back coach for Shippensburg from 1999-2002. He served as the running backs coach at Princeton in 1998, after serving as a student assistant in 1997 with Penn State.
The entire Miami Dolphins 2012 coaching staff consists of:
|Assistant Defensive Backs
|Defensive Quality Control / Assistant Linebackers
|Assistant Special Teams
|Head Strength and Conditioning
|Assistant Wide Receivers
|Assistant Offensive Line
|Assistant Strength and Conditioning
|Special Teams Coordinator