Coaching Staff Complete

Now that his staff has been assembled, new Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano met with the media on Thursday to discuss how it was put together.

"We have some great teachers here for these guys and I think something that will really help us to be a lot better football team here as we get on," Sparano said. "There wasn't one guy when we got into this process that we weren't excited about and tickled to death to have. We're really happy that they're here and we've hit the ground running and we're moving right now with meetings and all those things, personnel-wise. It's been really positive for us that way. That's what we're talking about."

Sparano denied the suggestion that Dan Henning was hired as offensive coordinator after New Orleans assistant Pete Carmichael Jr. was offered the job. He also indicated Henning would call the plays next season.

"Dan Henning is on a different side of this thing," Sparano said. "His experience that he brings to the table – not only for the team and the players, offensively, but even for me – this guy has been a head coach a few times and it gives me a great opportunity, a sounding board to kind of bounce things off of a little bit, too. It's been helpful that way.

"Getting a coach like Dan, and Paul (Pasqualoni), two coaches that way, to be able to come into this building to help our players, with the experience they have and the way that they form relationships with the players along the way, I think are really positives. That way there, you're not trying to coach the coach, so to speak. These guys have done it. They've been in some of these battles before, and it will be a little bit easier for us."

Here is the rundown of the Dolphins' new coaching staff:

Tony Sparano - Head coach

John Bonamego - Special teams coordinator

Todd Bowles - Assistant head coach/secondary coach

Steve Bush - Offensive quality control coach

David Corrao - Defensive quality control coach

George DeLeone - Tight ends coach

Karl Dorrell - Wide receivers coach

George Edwards - Inside linebackers coach

Dan Henning - Offensive coordinator

Steve Hoffman - Kicking coach

David Lee - Quarterbacks coach

Evan Marcus - Head strength and conditioning coach

Mike Maser - Offensive line coach

Paul Pasqualoni - Defensive coordinator

Dave Puloka - Assistant strength and conditioning coach

Jim Reid - Outside linebackers coach

Kacy Rodgers - Defensive line coach

James Saxon - Running backs coach

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GRIMSLEY OBIT: Sad news regarding former Dolphins linebacker John Grimsley, who died this week when in a shooting accident in Texas. Grimsley, who was 45, played for the Dolphins from 1991-93 and started 20 games at middle linebacker.


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