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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Dolphins Q&A: What can we expect from Josh Boyer without Brian Flores as defensive coordinator?

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Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer readers’ questions.

Why: Without it [Brian] With Flores being part of the defensive play-calling, what can we assume or expect as Josh Boyer will be doing well now that it’s his defense going forward? , Dan Giunta on Twitter

A: This is a “prove-it” year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, as he has everything he needs to be successful in his third season, which can also be seen as the season when Josh Boyer was on as defensive coordinator. There is pressure.

It would be a true test for him – along with defensive personnel who provide him with all the equipment he needed – to show that he could do so without leaning on ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, with whom he went back to the decade. He had a long-standing relationship with – as well as an assistant with the New England Patriots.

As new coach Mike McDaniel reshaped the Dolphins’ offensive staff, he retained Boyer in the same defensive coordinator role as the previous season, along with other defensive assistants in linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and defensive line coach Austin Clarke. With.

With all 11 starts and several rotational pieces on the defense return, if the Dolphins defense takes a step back in 2022, the blame will fall on Boyer, who no longer has Flores or former defensive back coach Gerald Alexander. According to Sun Sentinel sources, Alexander took on additional responsibilities to lead the defense in the second half of last season, as the unit turned the team’s fortunes to eight wins in the previous nine games after losing seven games.

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After being named head coach, McDaniel pursued former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio for the role of defensive coordinator, reports the Sun Sentinel, but a deal could not be reached. With Boyer retained, maintaining as much consistency as possible on a successful defense became the obvious goal.

With the defense now almost complete, Boyer already has a blueprint for what makes it work.

Bring on the exotic blitz. Let Xavian Howard, Byron Jones and Nick Needham play main coverage. Let the defenses of Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones be versatile. Use multiple defensive fronts with the versatility that many of the front seven have. And adding Melvin Ingram as another pass rusher helps.

Boyer recently spoke with the media at team facilities, saying that “a lot of his time” is spent internally debating how much to keep with the defense and who he will tinker with.

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“Even with the things we do and we’ve done consistently, you’re always trying to make it better or do better,” Boyer said. “There are always variables that go into this: what the teams are doing to you and what you want to do to the teams.”

One aspect that McDaniel, on the offensive, can facilitate for Boyer and the defense is to relieve some of the pressure by setting up an effective run game in Miami. The better the Dolphins can run the football under McDaniel, who led a relentless rapid attack in San Francisco for years, the more Miami can win the possession fight, keeping the defense fresh and run outs back on the field. Does not happen. And time again after three on-and-off expulsions from the crime.

Have a question?

E-mail David Furonesor tag @OmarKelly either @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

Previously answered:

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Is Christian Wilkins Next for a Multi-Year Expansion?

What might be the Dolphins’ draft strategy?

How should dolphins fill the o-line around Armstead?

Could the AFC’s young guns in QB affect the Dolphins’ commitment to Tua?

Why not throw more downfield to waddle?

What do you think of Dolphins Practice Squad rookie RB Gerid Docks?

Can Tua still be a top-10 quarterback?

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