Cincinnati Bengals' secondary coach Kevin Coyle is leaving the team to become the new defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. Coyle will join the staff of new head coach Joe Philbin who was recently hired to replace the departed Tony Sparano.
Coyle will inherit a talented young corps of defenders that ranked third in the NFL this season against the run. With Coyle's background in pass defense, the Dolphins are hoping to improve in that area. Having to compete against the Patriots and Bills, both who like to air it out will present an immediate challenge.
Coyle was one of three coaches on the current staff who predated Marvin Lewis tenure as head coach. Coyle spent 11 seasons in Cincinnati, the last nine as secondary coach. During his time, he developed talented young cornerbacks like Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. This year, Coyle cobbled together a couple of free agent acquisitions in Nate Clements and Kelly Jennings, added in Adam Jones at mid season and dealt with the departure of Joseph in free agency and Hall's injury. Through all that, the Bengals still finished ninth overall against the pass.
It looks like good news overall for the Bengals defensive staff though as Mike Zimmer wasn't hired as a head coach anywhere despite drawing interest from several teams. Zimmer will return to Cincinnati next season to improve upon the top ten defense he has put together. Both he and head coach Marvin Lewis have one year left on their contracts, so it will be interesting to see how that develops heading into next season.
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