Why Vance Joseph (like Adam Gase) just turned over his coaching staff

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph greets Dolphins coach Adam Gase after the game. Joseph was Gase’s defensive coordinator last season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MOBILE, Ala. — After a 5-11 debut season with the Denver Broncos, coach Vance Joseph turned over his coaching staff.

It’s something Adam Gase, who went 6-10 in his second season with the Miami Dolphins, has done as well.

Joseph, of course, was Miami’s defensive coordinator two seasons ago. Joseph and Gase are close and both coaches felt change was needed. Joseph addressed the dismissal of six assistant coaches on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, where he is coaching the North squad.

“Well, I wanted to add guys that can coach football,” Joseph said. “I wanted to add guys with experience. And you know guys who can really come in and help our guys grow as players. Our young guys, and our veteran guys. Sometimes a different voice, allows a veteran player to take the next step. So I want to see veterans and young guys grow. So, the guys we hired are all great teachers. And that was important for me, to hire guys that can really teach the game.”

Joseph let go Brock Olivo, Eric Studesville, Tyke Tolbert, Fred Pagac, Jeff Davidson and Johnnie Lynn.

Ironically, Gase scooped up Studesville, who he once worked with, as his running backs coach and run game coordinator. Gase has added a few voices that are familiar to him, but will be new to the Dolphins players.

After only 10 games, Joseph let go offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, as well. Bill Musgrave has taken his place.

Gase let go Danny Barrett, Lou Anarumo, Terrell Williams and Dave DeGuglielmo and reassigned offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. Miami has hired Dowell Loggains, Jeremiah Washburn, Ben Johnson, Studesville and Kris Kocurek.

At some point, Gase will of course address his decision to turn over his staff. He also still has to hire a defensive backs coach.

But it is clear that Gase was not satisfied with the way some of his players were being coached, as well as the results.

Interestingly, Joseph said Tuesday that he knows one key thing he must improve on in his second season in Denver.

“As a coach for a long time, pushing players and coaching players, that’s natural for you,” Joseph said. “That’s what you’ve done. But coaching the coaches. You know, I’ve got to get better at that. And that’s one thing I thought I didn’t do a good job at mid-season there. So, I’ll get better at that.”

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