The Miami Dolphins lost defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, with the AFC West team hiring him as their new head coach. On Friday, news came that another coach was being courted for a promotion, but the Dolphins have stopped that move. According to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, Miami blocked the Los Angeles Rams from interviewing offensive line coach Chris Foerster for their vacant offensive coordinator position.
Foerster worked with new Rams head coach Sean McVay when they were together with the Washington Redskins from 2011 to 2014. Foerster served as the Washington offensive line coach, while McVay was the Redskins’ tight ends coach from 2011 to 2013 and the offensive coordinator in 2014. Foerster has previously served as an offensive coordinator, spending one season in the job in 2004 with the Dolphins.
According to NFL rules, teams can block interviews with assistant coaches under contract, as long as the requested interview is not for a head coaching position. It is not uncommon for teams to block interview requests, and has already happened at least one other time this year, as Adam Scherter reported earlier this month when the Philadelphia Eagles blocked a New York Jets request for an interview with Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFlippo for their vacant offensive coordinator position.