Dolphins fire offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, promote Dave DeGuglielmo
The Miami Dolphins have just begun their first training camp under new head coach Brian Flores. Coaching changes are already being made on Flores’ staff. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Miami has fired offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and promoted Dave DeGuglielmo.
Rapoport said that Flaherty “struggled to implement the new system” and Miami decided to move on.
The Dolphins have wasted no time in creating more drama to begin training camp. Replacing Pat Flaherty was not something this team planned on doing for a long time. It was another abrupt shock for a team in search of stability.
Dave DeGuglielmo came to the team as a consultant for the offensive line. Last season, DeGuglielmo spent the year with the Indianapolis Colts and helped turn around their offensive line. Above all, the Colts allowed just 18 sacks in 2018, which led the NFL.
DeGuglielmo was vital to the decision to move Braden Smith to right tackle for the Colts in 2018. The only reason DeGuglielmo was let go by the Colts: He wasn’t Frank Reich’s hire.
Coming into this season, Miami is trying to cut down on sacks allowed from 2018. As a unit, the Dolphins allowed 52 sacks, which was the fifth-most in the NFL. The team has also had trouble improving this offseason.
The Dolphins will no longer have Ryan Tannehill under center, but will go with Ryan Fitzpatrick (for the time being). Josh Rosen will also likely get some reps; the Dolphins traded for him earlier this offseason.
No matter who is taking snaps as the quarterback, the Dolphins want to make sure their offensive line is on the same page. Therefore, Miami wasted no time to dump Pat Flaherty and promote Dave DeGuglielmo.