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Departure Of DBs Coach Vance Joseph Signals Beginning Of Bengals' Brain Drain

Coveted up-and-coming coach has left Cincinnati to take over the defensive coordinator position in Miami, where Joseph brought along Cincinnati linebackers coach Matt Burke.

For the second year in a row, the Miami Dolphins will begin the football season with a former Bengals defensive backs coach as their defensive coordinator.

Multiple published reports said Vance Joseph, Bengals defensive backs coach the last two seasons, took the Dolphins DC job Tuesday, and brought Cincinnati linebackers coach Matt Burke with him to Miami, spinning the Bengals' coaching carousel anew.

Joseph replaces interim Dolphins DC Lou Anarumo, a former Miami defensive backs coach who succeeded fired former Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle. Anarumo was appointed by former Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell after Campbell got the job in the middle of the 2015 season. Campbell dismissed Coyle, the team's defensive coordinator since 2012 after spending a decade with the Bengals' defensive backs.

Coyle might have been the victim of a players coup, allegedly led by Miami defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, who had developed a rift with Coyle and supposedly helped orchestrate a closed-door meeting to discuss unhappiness with Coyle's scheme.

Joseph, with 11 years experience working with NFL secondaries, and Burke will be working for new Miami head coach Adam Gase. Joseph, a former cornerback for two years in the league with the Jets and Colts, had previous coaching stints with the Texans and 49ers, in addition to the Bengals.

It's the second offseason in a row Joseph drew interest in an NFL DC position, but the first in which he had control of his options. The Broncos last offseason asked the Bengals permission to interview Joseph for their DC opening that eventually was filled by Wade Phillips. The Bengals didn't permit Joseph to speak with them, preferring to see him fulfill the remainder of two-year contract which expired following the 2015 season, ostensibly making Joseph a free agent this year.

A recent darling in the annual search for the next of the best and brightest NFL head coaches, Joseph emboldened teams to give him a chance to a run a defense in 2016 with his superb handling of the Bengals' secondary the last two seasons.

With Joseph's tutelage and calming influence, the Cincinnati secondary generated a league-best eight interceptions from safety Reggie Nelson, and sustained quality play from fellow veteran cornerbacks Adam Jones and Leon Hall. They also received improved play from young corners Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard in DC Paul Guenther's 4-3 system, something similar to what Joseph is expected to run in Miami.

Guenther and Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson are head coaching candidates. Jackson is making the most news.


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