The Dolphins have hired former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to fill the same position, replacing Dan Henning, who stepped down on Jan. 6. The news was first reported by Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Miami was an inconsistent team a season ago, as issues at quarterback and on the offensive line limited the offense's productivity. WR Brandon Marshall, the big offseason acquisition a year ago, had a solid season, but he had little help from the team's supporting cast. The team has major questions this offseason at QB, running back and on the O-line.
Daboll was the Browns' offensive coordinator the past two seasons under head coach Eric Mangini. When Mangini was fired and replaced by former Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, the door opened for Daboll to take another job.
The way we see it
Daboll will be very instrumental in the changes we will see this offseason on the Dolphins' offense that owner Stephen Ross wants to be "aggressive and creative." Daboll likes to use the middle of the field and run the football, so he will want an upgrade on the interior offensive line. The Dolphins have gone a couple years without getting a whole lot out of their tight end position, but that should change with Daboll, who should also be good for slot WR Davone Bess' productivity.
The real question, though, will be if Daboll can groom Chad Henne (or a new quarterback) and get more out of the services of Marshall. The Dolphins finished 30th in the league in scoring in 2010 — the Browns finished 31st. It might not be the splash that Ross wanted, but Daboll has some experience and had success with the Patriots and Jets.