It’s widely believed that 2019 will be a difficult season for the Miami Dolphins to say the least. With a new head coach, quarterback, and limited talent, the Dolphins will need to be running on all cylinders to avoid finishing in the NFL basement.
But it seems that the Dolphins are already having trouble figuring out their coaching staff for the coming season. The team is reportedly already parting ways with one of the assistants.
In a statement from the team, the Dolphins announced that they have fired offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. Replacing him will be analyst and former offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
The Dolphins hired Flaherty in February as part of new head coach Brian Flores’ staff.
We have relieved offensive line coach Pat Flaherty of his duties and promoted analyst Dave DeGuglielmo to offensive line coach.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) July 29, 2019
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Flaherty struggled to implement the new offensive system. It was a problem that had plagued the team for months.
The #Dolphins have fired offensive line coach Pat Flaherty of his duties and promoted analyst Dave DeGuglielmo to offensive line coach. Flaherty struggled to implement the new system, and it’s been an issue since the spring. It’s why DeGuglielmo was brought in.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 29, 2019
Flaherty is a 40-year football veteran with experience at the high school, college, and NFL levels.
His most successful stint came with the New York Giants, where he served as offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin for his entire tenure. Flaherty would reunite with Coughlin in 2017, taking on the same role for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
As for his replacement, DeGuglielmo is in his third stint with the Dolphins. He served as offensive line coach for the Dolphins under previous head coaches Tony Sparano and Adam Gase.
If the reports that the Dolphins have been slow to implement the new offense are true, it bodes very poorly for a team that is already expected to struggle this year.