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Dolphins add DeGuglielmo for offensive line coaching help

Courtesy: Sun-Sentinel

Dave DeGuglielmo will return to the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff, helping out with the team’s struggling offensive line.

According to a league source, DeGuglielmo’s exact position hasn’t been specified, but he’ll help to replace Chris Foerster, who resigned as Miami’s run-game coordinator and lead offensive line coach after a video surfaced online Sunday night of Foerster snorting three lines of a white, powdery substance with a $20 bill. A source told the Sun Sentinel that the video was taken in the Dolphins’ Davie offices.

The video, which has since been taken down, was posted on the Facebook page of a Las Vegas woman named Kijuana Nige Sherrod, who later suggested on social media that she was exposing the coach in a manner of protest for how NFL players kneeling for the national anthem are being treated.

Foerster was in the second year of his second stint with the Dolphins, and in his 25th season working in NFL. On Monday, head coach Adam Gase didn’t say what he would do as far as replacing Foerster, who was highly regarded as an offensive line coach.

The Dolphins have only averaged 3.2 yards per carry and 74.8 rushing yards per game this season, and Miami’s offensive line has allowed 10 sacks. The pressure Jay Cutler’s been under has forced the quarterback to make early and short throws the past few weeks.

DeGuglielmo, who spent last season as the Los Angeles Chargers’ assistant offensive line coach, coached the Dolphins’ offensive line from 2009-11, working under former head coach Tony Sparano.

DeGuglielmo served as the New England Patriots’ offensive line coach in 2014 and 2015. In New England, he helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX, but was let go the following year when the Patriots’ line failed to protect quarterback Tom Brady in an AFC Championship game loss to Denver.

He has worked with Gase’s close friend, Josh McDaniels, the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, and former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who is one of Gase’s mentors.

Chris Kuper, the Dolphins’ assistant offensive line coach, could either be elevated to become lead offensive line coach, or he’ll remain in his present role and work with DeGuglielmo. Kuper, who is in his second season on the Dolphins’ staff, played guard for the Denver Broncos for eight seasons.

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