Miami Dolphins rookie head coach Tony Sparano on Tuesday made the first of what is expected to be several strikes on the staff of his former employers, hiring Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Todd Bowles as assistant head coach.
Bowles' contract with the Cowboys officially expired at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and the Dolphins wasted little time in securing his services. The move had been anticipated and Sparano, hired by vice president of football operations Bill Parcells to succeed Cam Cameron last week, probably isn't finished adding former Dallas colleagues to his staff.
Cowboys linebackers coach Paul Pasqualoni has also joined the Dolphins as their defensive coordinator and Dallas defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers was offered, and accepted, the same job on Sparano's staff, sources close to the Dolphins told ESPN.com's Matt Mosley on Tuesday. On Wednesday the deals became official. The contracts of both Pasqualoni and Rodgers also expired on Tuesday morning.
In addition, the Dolphins hired James Saxon as running backs coach and Evan Marcus as strength and conditioning coach.
VMI head coach Jim Reid accepted an offer to become the
Dolphins' linebackers coach, the school said on Wednesday. Reid had a 3-19
record in two years trying to rebuild VMI's program. He was on
Pasqualoni's staff at Syracuse in 2004.
David Corrao, who coached linebackers at Mississippi in 2007,
joined Miami as defensive quality control coach.
Former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell could soon join the Dolphins as receivers coach and veteran offensive coordinator Dan Henning, a longtime friend of Parcells, is also being courted.
Bowles, 44, was an NFL defensive back for nine seasons with Washington (1986-90 and 1992-93), and San Francisco, and coached three seasons in the college ranks before joining the New York Jets' staff in 2000. In addition to one year with the Jets, he worked with Cleveland (2001-04), before moving to the Cowboys in 2005.
A former running back, Saxon has been an NFL assistant for seven seasons, the last six of those with the Kansas City Chiefs. Saxon, 41, played seven years in the league with the Chiefs (1988-91), Dolphins (1992-94), and Eagles (1995). He also coached three seasons in college.
Marcus, 40, was the Atlanta Falcons' strength coach in 2007. He previously worked in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints for three seasons (2000-02).
Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com. Information from ESPN.com's Matt Mosley and The Associated Press was used in this report.