The Miami Dolphins have requested to interview Los Angeles Rams running backs coach Thomas Brown, who is familiar with South Florida from the three seasons he spent at the University of Miami as one of Mark Richt’s assistants.
Brown, who was named the Rams’ assistant head coach last offseason — in his second season with the team — a former NFL tailback who has spent the past decade quickly working his way up the coaching ranks.
His coaching career began at the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs tailback was the team’s strength and conditioning coach in 2011.
He spent the next three seasons at three different colleges — Chattanooga, Marshall and Wisconsin — coaching tailbacks before returning to Georgia in 2015, a season before he’d join Richt in Miami as the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator and running backs coach.
Brown left UM to join South Carolina’s coaching staff in 2019 before leaving the college ranks to join the Rams in 2020.
The 35-year-old Brown, who spent two seasons as a player in the NFL on the Atlanta Falcons’ injured reserve list and Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in 2009, has never served as a head coach.
But insiders around the league view him as a young, rising talent, and the latest standout from the Sean McVay coaching tree, which has already produced Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur, Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor and Los Angeles Chargers’ Brandon Staley.
Brown becomes the seventh coaching candidate expected to meet with Dolphins owner Steve Ross, general manager Chris Grier and the search committee to replace Brian Flores, who was fired on Monday.
Flores, who was 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins, was let go because of the team’s offensive struggles and his troublesome relationship with Ross, Grier and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who all painted Flores as a difficult man to work with.
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Source:: The Denver Post