The Miami Dolphins have hired Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Vance Joseph to be the South Florida franchise's defensive coordinator, according to Adam Schefter. The hire was initially reported as a lock on Saturday after the team hired head coach Adam Gase, but was then denied by Joseph, who was still in the Playoffs with the Bengals, and rumors seemed to suggest Joseph could be waiting to see if Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson landed a head coaching job, potentially to follow him instead. Now, it appears, those Saturday stories were correct.
Joseph played quarterback and running back at the University of Colorado from 1990 to 1995, then was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets, who transitioned him to cornerback. He played in 17 games over two seasons, with two career interceptions, spending his rookie year with the Jets and his second season with the Indianapolis Colts. In 1999, Joseph returned to Colorado, where he served as a graduate assistant with the football team until 2001, beginning his coaching career. He then spend as season as the defensive backs coach at Wyoming before again returning to Colorado where he served as the defensive backs coach from 2002 through 2003. He then held the same position for the 2004 season with Bowling GReen before moving to the NFL in 2005 as an assistant defensive backs coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He was promoted to defensive backs coach the next season, starting with the team through 2010 before moving to take the same position with the Houston Texans in 2011, a job he held through 2013. In 2014, the Cincinnati Bengals hired him as their defensive backs coach, where he served for both that season and the 2015 season.
Joseph will bring with him linebackers coach Matt Burke from the Bengals to be Miami's linebackers coach, according to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero.
The Dolphins are putting together a new coaching staff under Gase, who was the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator last season. Gase has decided to retain special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi, who was initially hired under the Tony Sparano regime in 2010, but will be looking for new assistants at all the other positions. Former tight ends coach and Miami interim head coach this season Dan Campbell was granted a release from his contract on Monday, ending speculation that Gase could try to find a way to fir Campbell onto the coaching staff.