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Report: Al Saunders joining Dolphins as consultant

Al Saunders


Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell didn’t pull the plug on defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle on Tuesday, but there are some changes coming to the Dolphins staff on the offensive side of the ball.

Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that onetime Chargers head coach and longtime NFL offensive assistant Al Saunders will be joining the team as a consultant. Saunders, who was most recently a senior offensive assistant with the Raiders, has a history with Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

When Saunders was the offensive coordinator of the Redskins under Joe Gibbs in 2006 and 2007, Lazor was the team’s quarterbacks coach. The Dolphins hope that reuniting the two and tapping into Saunders’s vast experience can light a fire under an offense that ranks 30th in the league in points scored after the first four weeks of the season.

Breer also reports that the Dolphins will move assistant quarterbacks coach Ben Johnson to work with the tight ends, which was Campbell’s job before he got bumped up this week. They’ll also reportedly reassign wide receivers coach Ken O’Keefe as part of the first ripple effects to follow Joe Philbin’s ouster.