Miami Dolphins Aug 17, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, US; A general view of a Miami Dolphins helmet on the field during practice at Baptist Health Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Life in the NFL doesn’t often last long for many. South Florida felt that harsh reality on Thursday. The Miami Dolphins fired several coaches, including defensive coordinator Josh Boyer.

In all, Miami dismissed four coaches on Thursday: Boyer, assistant linebackers coach Steve Ferentz, safeties coach Steve Gregory, and outside linebackers coach Ty McKenzie. ESPN’s Field Yates and Adam Schefter each reported on the news.

Yates tweeted initially, “Sources: the Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Josh Boyer after three seasons in that role.”

Schefter then later added, “Safeties coach Steve Gregory, outside linebackers coach Ty McKenzie, and assistant linebackers coach Steve Ferentz were all relieved of their duties in Miami.”

In 2021, the Dolphins held teams to 21.9 points per game, 5.3 yards/play, 4.4 yards per carry, and 6.4 yards/pass attempt. Then in 2022, those numbers went to 24.1 points per game, 5.3 yards/play, 4.1 yards/rush carry, and 6.5 yards/pass attempt. So, while there weren’t too many differences year-over-year outside of an abrupt shift in points, the Dolphins won’t have Boyer on board in 2023.

Reactions trickled in after the firings occurred.

Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network tweeted with insight, “Dolphins defense regressed in 2022 and some players I talked to were not in love with the scheme. Now Miami moves on from Josh Boyer. Mike McDaniel now will have his own DC pick to run that defense this year.”

Dolphins fan Jow W added, “The fact Miami was one of the worst blitzing teams in the NFL, yet were Top 5 in blitzes called is the reason Josh Boyer got fired. Simple as that.”

Adam Silverstein of CBS Sports tweeted a Roman Reigns GIF to sum up the firing. “He’s history. He’s gone.”

Justin Hier’s mind was on who could be next, suggesting Vic Fangio could fil the vacancy.

[Field Yates, Adam Schefter]

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