ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.–Long viewed as a rising star in coaching, Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph could be getting his chance to run a team soon.
ESPN reported this morning that Joseph is one of four coordinators being eyed by the Los Angeles Rams as they look to replace fired coach Jeff Fisher. The report also mentioned Anthony Lynn, Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan.
The Rams will not be able to officially talk with Joseph until after Miami’s season ends. The Dolphins are at Buffalo today, home against New England next Sunday and still in contention for a playoff spot.
Joseph, 44, is in his first year with the team and first season as a coordinator. He played two years in the NFL before starting his coaching career at Colorado, his alma mater. He was a defensive backs coach for the 49ers, Texans and Bengals from 2006 through ’15 before Adam Gase hired him to run Miami’s defense.
The Dolphins have played much of the year without two of their starting linebackers, lost Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones early in the season and have had multiple injuries at cornerback. They rank 24th in total defense, including 11th against the pass and 30th against the run.
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