The Miami Dolphins hired the 12th head coach in team history on Saturday with the introduction of Adam Gase as the man to replace Joe Philbin (and interim head coach Dan Campbell). Shortly after the hire, reports indicated Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph would soon join Gase in South Florida to assume the role of defensive coordinator. In a constantly changing coaching environment, it now appears Joseph is not a sure bet to come to Miami:
2) I'm told there is still a chance Vance may follow Hue Jackson as DC if the latter gets an HC position. Bidding war could be coming— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 11, 2016
I'm told Adam Gase operared under strong assumption Vance would follow him to MIA. Fall-back candidates now in play https://t.co/n3c9rOk8Fv— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 11, 2016
This really is not much of a surprise. Hue Jackson being in place for a head coaching position does add multiple options for Joseph, whose contract is expiring with the Bengals. Joseph could very easily have indicated to Gase that he would take a position as the Dolphins defensive coordinator position, only to then have Jackson, who appears to be headed for a head coach position this year as well, tell Joseph he would like to add him to any staff Jackson puts together.
The Bengals have blocked Joseph from interviewing for defensive coordinator positions in the past, preferring to keep Joseph within their organization. With his contract expiring, however, Joseph is now a free agent, able to find whichever job he wants.
The coaching carousel is always a fluid environment, with things changing rapidly.