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Dolphins add Terrell Williams as DL coach

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The Miami Dolphins have filled their defensive line coach vacancy with Terrell Williams, according to a report.

Former Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Terrell Williams, here with Justin Tuck, will now hold the same position with the Miami Dolphins.
Former Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Terrell Williams, here with Justin Tuck, will now hold the same position with the Miami Dolphins.
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The Miami Dolphins have filled the lone vacancy on head coach Joe Philbin's staff with Terrell Williams, according to a report from Sports Illustrated. Williams will take over as the defensive line coach, replacing Kacy Rodgers, who left the team last month to take the New York Jets' defensive coordinator position.

Williams spent the last three seasons as the Oakland Raiders defensive line coach, but was let go when the team changed head coaches this offseason. He was briefly employed by the University of Florida, joining them a month ago, before returning to the NFL with the Dolphins.

Williams will now be tasked with re-building the interior defensive line, where the team struggled late in the season. Starting defensive tackle Jared Odrick is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, while the team could release Randy Starks if he does not restructure his contract, giving the team some relief from the $6 million salary cap hit he will be in 2015.

The Dolphins defensive ends should continue to be a strength for the franchise, with Pro Bowl selection Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon starting on either side, and Dion Jordan and Terrence Fede developing behind them. Restricted free agent Derrick Shelby could also return to the team, if the Dolphins offer him a tender this year.