The hunt for the Miami Dolphins’ next defensive coordinator has officially ended on Saturday. Per Blecher Report’s Jordan Schultz, the Dolphins have pinned Baltimore Ravens associate head coach and defensive line coach Anthony Weaver as their next defensive playcaller.
Weaver has excelled in Baltimore and was a finalist for the #Commanders HC job as well.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) February 3, 2024
The Dolphins interviewed Los Angeles Rams’ Chris Shula for the same position earlier this week. They also talked with Houston Texans linebacker Chris Kiffin and former Buffalo Bills DF Leslie Frazier for the job.
Anthony Weaver: Lands Another DC position
Weaver, a former standout defensive end with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, played with the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans from 2002 to 2008. He transitioned into coaching, taking a defensive graduate assistant gig under Urban Meyer with the Florida Gators. After one season with the Gators, Weavers became the linebackers coach for the North Texas Mean Green. The former edge rusher moved to the NFL in 2012, landing the assistant defensive line job with the New York Jets. He worked for the Buffalo Bills as the defensive line coach in 2013 before again moving to the Cleveland Browns under the same job title. Weaver coached with now-Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel during his tenure with Cleveland.
Weaver worked with the defensive line with the Houston Texans from 2014 to 2020. However, he earned defensive coordinator duties in 2020. Houston struggled, allowing 29 points per game, the sixth-worst mark in the NFL that season. He ran a 3-4 defensive scheme. The 43-year-old moved to the Baltimore Ravens in 2021, where Weaver has remained until Saturday. He has worked as a defensive line coach, run game coordinator, and associate head coach with the AFC North club.
Miami Dolphins: Expecting Better Defensive Results in 2024
The Dolphins scored 29.2 points per game this season, the second-highest average in the NFL. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa tossed a league-high 4,624 yards and 29 touchdowns with 14 picks. However, defensively, the Dolphins coughed up 23 points per game, the 22nd-highest mark. Miami parted ways with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio after the season. The Dolphins have yet to have a defense ranked among the league’s top half regarding points per game allowed since 2020.
New defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver must elevate the secondary, a group that allowed 27 touchdowns this season. Opposing passers also threw for 3,761 yards.