The Miami Dolphins will begin their hunt for a new defensive coordinator for the third season in a row, following Vic Fangio’s departure after only one year in the position. In a statement, head coach Mike McDaniel thanked Fangio for his accomplishments in 2023, but highlighted that parting ways was the best move going forward.
“I want to thank Vic for his contributions in 2023,” remarked Coach McDaniel. “When we evaluated the season, it became clear that this was the best way forward for all parties concerned. Now, we must urgently focus on 2024 and beyond to find the strongest man to lead our defense in the future. We remain strongly committed to developing our players and constructing a winning squad with long-term success.”
Fangio took over as the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator in 2023 following the departure of Josh Boyer. Despite dealing with a significant number of injuries, including Pro Bowl corner Jalen Ramsey missing the start of the season and various key players being sidelined down the stretch, Fangio’s impact was notable. The Dolphins defense showed improvement, finishing 10th in yards allowed and 22nd in points given up, while also ranking third in the NFL in sacks and tied for eighth in forced turnovers.
However, the team ultimately fell short of their postseason aspirations, prompting the decision to move in a new direction for the defensive coordinator position. McDaniel will now embark on the task of finding a suitable candidate for the role, with former Chargers head coach Brandon Staley emerging as a potential candidate for the position.
Fangio might end up with the Eagles.
During this transition, Fangio is expected to receive significant interest from other teams with defensive coordinator openings, with the Philadelphia Eagles being mentioned as a possible landing point. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni recognized the continuous process of reviewing candidates for various coaching jobs while remaining optimistic about the future.
“We have a lot of good targets that we’re working on,” said Coach Sirianni. “A lot of guys did pretty well in their interviews. I’m looking forward to continuing with that approach and seeing what happens.
As the Dolphins recover and plan for the future, the hunt for a new defensive coordinator is an important step in their continued efforts to develop the club and achieve sustainable success in the coming seasons.