Dolphins expected to hire Packers inside linebacker/run game coordinator Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator
Everyone please meet the Miami Dolphins projected new defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham.
Graham is currently the Green Bay Packers inside linebacker/run game coordinator. Graham and the Dolphins expected head coach Brian Flores both worked together in New England from 2009-2015. In New England, Graham was the linebackers coach and defensive line coach. He greatly improved the defense of the Patriots and helped some players have the best years of their careers.
Players such as Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower, and Jerod Mayo had some of their better - if not their best - seasons being coached by Graham. He made players who were backups turn into starters when the original starter went out with injury. One player in particular is Chandler Jones. Jones had his breakout season the year Vince Wilfork went out with an achilles injury. That season Jones put up 11.5 sacks in his breakout season.
During his time in New England as a position coach (2011-2015), Graham was a part of a defense that was first in the league in takeaways and fourth in sacks during that span. In 2016 he joined the New York Giants as the defensive line coach and held that position until 2017. Graham was the defensive line coach when the Giants line was thought of as one of the best in 2016 when they signed former Dolphin Olivier Vernon.
Overall, I think that making Graham the new defensive coordinator is a very good idea. He will instantly make the defensive line and linebacker corps better and hopefully able to coach some of our young players such as Jerome Baker, Raekwon McMillan, Charles Harris, and Davon Godchaux.
Something else to consider is that Miami may soon be transitioning to the 3-4 defense with the eventual hiring of Brian Flores as head coach. The Packers also utilize this scheme, which adds further credence to this concept.
This story was written by Tanner Elliott. Follow him on Twitter: @Elliott302Tj
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