New Miami Dolphins head coach Dan Campbell made his first big executive decision yesterday when he fired former defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and replaced him with Lou Anarumo. Anarumo first came to Miami as the defensive backs coach with Coyle back in 2012, and now will take over for the guy who brought him to South Beach.
When asked about his new opportunity, Anarumo said, “I would be remiss if I didn’t say what great respect I have for Coach Coyle and all he has done here for us at the Dolphins and in his career and me personally. I am very excited, we are very excited as a group to get this thing going and jump into the bye week and on to next week.”
One thing Anarumo vows will get better? The play of the defensive linemen.
“We are going to look at all avenues when it comes to all of our players, especially with Suh, as great and dominant of a player as he has been. I think the guy goes out there and works hard every day and gives us his all. As we get into this bye week, as we talk about using him and everybody else, Cam Wake and those guys, we will look into every avenue to get the most out of these guys.”
Anarumo also denied all reports that the Miami Dolphins use a two-gap scheme on their defensive line. While Wake, Suh and Vernon have struggled recently. Anarumo's development with the secondary and Dan Campbell's aggressive nature should help guide the defense back to its dominate form in the oncoming weeks.
Anarumo has done well to develop players in his time in South Beach. He took a sixth round pick in Reshad Jones and turned him into one of the best safeties in the conference. He has helped Brent Grimes become a top 10 cornerback in this league following an entire year off with the Falcons. He has what it takes to develop players, and hopefully he'll have what it takes to motivate this defense to make plays and help out the offense.
Looking forwards, there is now ay this defense can get much worse. It ranks 30th in total yards allowed, and getting the most out of Suh, Wake and Vernon will make the rest of the defense that much better.
Anarumo and Dan Campbell may only get one shot at their respective new gigs. And judging from their personalities, they are going to make the most out of it!