Friday, February 3, 2012

Dolphins add three more assistant coaches

The staff of new Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin continues to take shape, as the team added three new assistants including defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo, assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, and Chris Mosley in an undisclosed assistant role.

Anarumo arrives in Miami after spending the past eight years coaching the secondary at Purdue. He replaces Todd Bowles, who recently joined the Eagles as the defensive backs coach after not being retained by the Dolphins as the interim head coach to close out the 2011 season.

The Dolphins also announced the previously reported hiring of Jim Turner as offensive line coach and the retention of our coaches, including defensive quality control coach David Corrao, assistant special teams coach Dave Fipp, assistant strength coach David Puloka and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers.

The Dolphins' staff is nearly full, with only quarterbacks coach and wide receivers coach positions needing to be filled. An offensive quality control coach—a title held by Tony Sparano, Jr. last season—also remains a possibility.

Lou Anarumo

Anarumo began his coaching career as a running backs coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 1989 to 1990 on the same staff as Joe Philbin, followed by a brief stint in the same capacity at Wagner College in 1990.

Returning to the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, Anarumo coached the defensive backs and served as defensive coordinator from 1992 to 1994. From 1995 to 2000, he worked as the defensive backs coach at Harvard while also serving as the special teams coordinator and assistant head coach. Joe Philbin was also on the Crimson staff as offensive line coach in 1997-98.

Anarumo coached the defensive backs at Marshall from 2001 to 2003, also coordinating the special teams during that final season. He moved on to Purdue in 2004 and was defensive backs coach for the Boilermakers through the 2011 season.

Over the past decade, Anarumo has tutored numerous future NFL defensive backs, including ex-Dolphins safety Chris Crocker and former Dolphins practice squad member Brandon King, as well as David Pender and Bernard Pollard.

Phil McGeoghan

McGeoghan was a two-sport start at the University of Boston and the University of Maine, lettering in football and track and field. He was a two-time All-American in track at Maine, transferring there after Boston dropped its football program.

He was undrafted in 2001 and signed with the New York Jets. McGeoghan appeared in two pro games with the Denver Broncos in 2001 but failed to catch a pass. He also had stints with the Raiders and Saints, as well as the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe, before injuries forced him to retire in 2004.

McGeoghan moved to coaching in 2007, working at his alma mater Maine for one season as the tight ends and wide receivers coach. He then spent a year as the offensive coordinator at Naval Academy Prep before joining the USF Bulls as receivers coach.

Under McGeoghan's tutelage, Carlton Mitchell became the most prolific receiver in school history and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sxith round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Chris Mosley

After playing running back at Southeastern Missouri State (1997-98) and Washington & Jefferson (1999-2001), Mosley held various assistant roles at Villanova, Akron and Washington & Jefferson. He was also a strength and conditioning coach at Washington & Jefferson and Notre Dame, as well as a minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. (Dolphins head coach was also a William & Jefferson alum in the class of 1984.)

Mosley served as a graduate assistant at Boston College in 2007, followed by a year coaching tight ends at Princeton. He earned his first pro coaching job as an assistant offensive line coach with the Buccaneers, helping guard Davin Joseph to a Pro Bowl season. He shifted to a defensive assistant role in 2010 before working as the assistant defensive line coach in 2011.

Prior to the 2010 season, Mosley was arrested on DUI charges. Upon the firing of Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay following the 2011 season, Mosley took the defensive line coach job at Fordham University but left when he was hired by Dolphins.


Anarumo will certainly have big shoes to fill in his first pro coaching gig, as Todd Bowles was widely regarded as one of the top secondary coaches in the NFL. He'll be tasked with not only continuing the development of the Dolphins' young starting corners, but will also be tasked with finding a playmaking safety the Dolphins have lacked in recent years.

Although he most recently worked as an assistant defensive line coach, Mosley has experience working with the offensive line at the pro level and may very well be assisting new line coach Jim Turner in that department, considering Turner was at Boston College with Mosley back in 2007.

It might seem a bit odd for the Dolphins to hire an assistant receivers coach before having a receivers coach in place, and they did the same thing with assistant quarterback coach Zac Taylor. However, I like the fact that the team is bringing in young guys for assistant position coaching role, because it gives Philbin more people to develop and more options for in-house promotions if more experienced assistants head elsewhere in the coming years.

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