Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will not return, a league source said Sunday.
Anarumo is just the latest in a major staff shakeup by coach Adam Gase. Anarumo completed six seasons in the position, so he was a holdover by Gase and defensive coordinator Matt Burke.
While some of Miami’s defensive backs showed progress late in the season, such as Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley, there was too often talk about miscommunication in the unit.
The Dolphins were 16th in the NFL in pass defense. Miami also allowed 26 passing touchdowns, 10th-most in the NFL.
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Miami also had only 9 interceptions, 28th in the NFL.
Gase’s staff will include a new offensive coordinator (Dowell Loggains), offensive line coach (Jeremiah Washburn) and running backs and defensive line coaches. So this is at least five changes, after a disappointing 6-10 finish.
After the season, owner Stephen Ross was clear that changes would be made. That included, obviously, some significant staff turnover.