The Dolphins made it official on Monday when they announce the hiring of Marc Trestman and Jerry Sullivan and the promotion of running backs coach Joel Collier to offensive coordinator to replace the departing Norv Turner. In terms of coordinator experience, the Dolphins have not lost in this exchange.

Both Trestman and Sullivan were offensive coordinators last season, Trestman with the Raiders and Sullivan with Arizona.

And while you may snicker that they come from offenses that didn't produce great results last season, just remember that Oakland was almost unstoppable on offense just two seasons ago when Trestman also was in charge and remember that the Cardinals wide receivers — most notably rookie Anquan Bolding — weren't so bad in 2003 and that's the position Sullivan will coach in Miami.

And the promoted Collier is a coach with a great reputation. He has plenty of NFL coaching experience and also has great genes. His father, Joe Collier, was the defensive coordinator for Denver and the Orange Crush in the 1970s and he also spent three seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 1966-68.

For results, just consider the success of Ricky Williams the last two years. Want to say that it was easy because of Williams' talent.

Well, with Collier as the running backs coach Lamar Smith rushed for over 1,100 yards in 2000 as he became the first Dolphins running back since 1978 to go over the 1,000-yard mark.

So while the Dolphins are losing a quality coach with Turner leaving — and good luck to him working with Al Davis — it looks like their coaching staff will be in good shape nonetheless.

One final note: The Dolphins did not name a replacement for Collier as running backs coach, although assistant running backs coach Bernie Parmalee obviously is a logical candidate to get the job.

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