Head coach Tony Sparano is assessing the candidates to become the Dolphins' next defensive coordinator. It looked like former Virginia head coach Al Groh was the front-runner to get the job, but reports indicate he accepted an offer to become D-coordinator at Georgia Tech. The only other candidate that is known to have interviewed for the Miami job is Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler. Both Butler and Groh have a background in coaching linebackers, and with big changes potentially on the way in terms of personnel at the position, it's clear Sparano didn't feel comfortable with allowing recently fired coordinator Paul Pasqualoni to be part of that process. The play of Miami's linebackers was an issue in 2009, and there could be a reshuffling of the deck at outside linebacker in the coming months. OLB Jason Taylor is a free agent and OLB Joey Porter might be released. Groh has never worked with Sparano, but he is a friend of Dolphins Executive V.P. of Football Operations Bill Parcells and it appeared the job was his if he wanted it.
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