Dolphins and Assistant OL Coach Chris Mosley Reportedly Agree to Part Ways

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2013

Photo of Chris Mosley courtesy of Miami Dolphins' official website.
Photo of Chris Mosley courtesy of Miami Dolphins' official website.

Miami Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Chris Mosley has officially left the team, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter:

Dolphins asst OL coach Chris Mosley has left team. He was on extended leave dealing with a personal matter and two sides agreed to part ways

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 9, 2013

As Omar Kelly and Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun Sentinel pointed out in their Friday report on this matter, Mosley took an extended leave of absence five weeks ago. The report cited a team official who acknowledged it was a mutual parting of ways.

"Chris was on an extended leave dealing with a personal matter, and he and the organization mutually agreed to part ways," said the team official.

That was before word spread of the bullying of offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, and before the indefinite suspension of perceived bullying perpetrator, Pro Bowl guard Richie Incognito.

There is no discernible link between the Martin bullying controversy and Mosley's unspecified personal matter. Kelly and Hyde reported that coaching intern Marco Rivera has filled Mosley's vacated spot for at least the past five weeks.

According to Kelly and Hyde, though, Mosley could be questioned as part of the league's independent investigation into the alleged bullying, since it may have occurred under Mosley's watch.

Before joining head coach Joe Philbin's Miami staff in 2012, the 35-year-old Mosley was the offensive line coach at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. Before that, he was a position coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons.

The only way Mosley will likely be connected to the Dolphins controversy is if he is called upon to give his testimony for the investigation. Otherwise, this appears to be yet another tough break for a Miami offensive line that has yielded an NFL-high 35 sacks this season.