Love him or hate him, Bryan Cox is back as a Miami Dolphin. This time it is in a coaching capacity as the team's pass rush coach.
Since retiring from the NFL in 2002 Cox has worked as the New York Jets assistant defensive line coach for three seasons (2006-08) and spent the last two seasons (2009-10) with the Cleveland Browns as the team's defensive line coach.
Most Dolphins fans remember Cox from his playing days. He was originally drafted by the Dolphins in 1991 and spent five seasons with the Fins.
During his playing days, Cox was one of the best pass rushing linebackers in the game. He was also one of the most versatile linebackers as well, playing both outside and middle linebacker in his career.
He accumulated 764 tackles, 51.5 sacks and four interceptions in his career.
While he was a good player, he was probably most known for his cocky attitude and controversial ways.
He was often seen pre-game with his helmet on backwards yelling at the opposing team from midfield.
He drew a lot of fire during the 1993 season when he flipped the bird to the Buffalo Bills fans (though as someone who has dealt personally with the Bills fans' obnoxiousness up in Buffalo, I thought it was funny).
It is hard to tell what he brings as a coach since he has fairly limited experience. The experience that he has had is not of great responsibility either.
During the last two years with the Browns (when he actually had real control), the Browns defense ranked 13th this past season in points defense and 21st the season before in points defense.
This past season his defensive line was hit with numerous injuries, and he was able to hold it together to have a solid defensive season (it was the Browns offense that dragged them down).
The Browns and Jets also ran 3-4 defenses like Miami does, so he has valuable experience in understanding the schemes in a 3-4 defense.
Time will tell how good of a coach he is, but this Dolphins fan is happy to see Cox back in the aqua and orange.
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