Dolphins promote Matt Burke to defensive coordinator

Miami turns to linebackers coach to replace Vance Joseph


DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have stayed in-house to find their next defensive coordinator.

Linebackers coach Matt Burke was promoted to defensive coordinator, the team announced Thursday.

Burke replaces Vance Joseph, who was hired Wednesday as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Head coach Adam Gase said having Burke and Joseph on the team "really felt like we had two defensive coordinators on that side of the ball."

"We were very fortunate to be able to get him," Gase said of Burke. "He had plenty of opportunities to go other places and decided to coach linebackers for us when it was critical for our success this past season and for myself, so it was an easy decision for our organization and me to elevate him to this position."

Before coming to Miami, Burke served as linebackers coach with the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-15) and Detroit Lions (2009-13).

Burke was an administrative assistant and defensive quality control coach with the Tennessee Titans (2004-08). He also coached at Harvard, Boston College and Bridgton Academy in Maine.

"It's obviously an exciting moment personally and hopefully for our organization to move forward," Burke said.

He takes over a unit that allowed a franchise-record 6,122 yards, even though the Dolphins won 10 games and made the playoffs for the first time in eight years. They lost in the first round to Pittsburgh.

"It's taking a little time to sink in, but I'm really excited to get going and help this team move forward," Burke said.

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