Miami Dolphins promote WR coach Shawn Jefferson to assistant head coach

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills (10) runs a drill past then-wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in 2016. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Shawn Jefferson’s climb up the Dolphins’ coaching ladder isn’t taking much time.

The Dolphins announced a handful of changes to Adam Gase’s coaching staff Friday afternoon — many of which were already known — but the surprise was the promotion of Jefferson, 48, from wide receivers coach to assistant head coach/offense.

Darren Rizzi is the associate head coach and special teams coordinator, ranking above Jefferson.

The other moves confirmed included the hiring of Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator and Jeremiah Washburn as offensive line coach.

Ben Johnson, last year’s assistant receivers coach, will be the receivers coach.

Clyde Christensen, last year’s offensive coordinator, will be director of football and player development.

The team is not bringing back secondary coach Lou Anarumo, a one-time interim defensive coordinator; running backs coach Danny Barrett and defensive line coach Terrell Williams.

Jefferson just completed his second season with the Dolphins. He played in the NFL for four teams over 13 seasons before spending eight years starting in 2005 on the Lions’ coaching staff. From 2013-15, he was the Titans’ receivers coach.

He can be unconventional, as evidenced by the day in 2016 when he stepped onto the practice field wearing shoulder pads and challenging receivers to smack into him in a drill. He also teases receivers with nicknames. He calls the 5-7 Jakeem Grant “Strawberry Shortcake” and “Mighty Mouse.”

In his playing career, primarily with San Diego and New England, Jefferson caught 470 passes for 7,023 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Washburn returns to the Dolphins after spending the 2017 season as Chicago’s offensive line coach. He was the Dolphins’ assistant offensive line coach in 2016.

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