Dolphins Complete 2012 Coaching Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2012

The Miami Dolphins today named Blue Adams as assistant defensive backs coach, Charlie Bullen as defensive assistant, Ben Johnson as offensive assistant, Chris Mosley as assistant offensive line coach and also announced that running backs coach Jeff Nixon has been retained on Head Coach Joe Philbin’s staff for the upcoming season.

Adams joins the Dolphins after spending the 2011 season at the University of Northern Iowa working with the school’s defensive backs. In 2010, he was a defensive graduate assistant at Purdue University, working with the defensive secondary. A seventh-round selection of the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft, he played for the Lions and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. In 2004, he played for NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire. From 2005-08, Adams returned to the NFL and played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons. Adams tallied 51 tackles in his 50 career NFL games. He rounded out his professional playing career in 2009 as a defensive back for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Adams played four years as a defensive back at the University of Cincinnati, recording a school-record 12 interceptions in his career. He was also a second-team All-Conference USA selection as a senior. Adams is a 1997 graduate of Miami (Fla.) Senior High School, where he lettered in football. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-State and first-team All-County honors. He finished the year with four interceptions, four sacks, 69 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Bullen joins the Dolphins after spending two years as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Iowa, where he worked with the team’s defense. Prior to beginning his role as graduate assistant coach in 2009, Bullen served as a student assistant for two seasons, working with then-offensive coordinator and current Miami wide receivers coach Ken O’Keefe and the Hawkeye quarterbacks while completing work towards his bachelor's degree. Bullen also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa City High School in 2006, working with the quarterbacks. City High posted a 9-2 record in 2006 and reached the state quarterfinals. Prior to attending Iowa, Bullen played quarterback at Harper College in Palatine, IL. Bullen was a member of the Harper College program that won a non-scholarship national title in 2003.

Johnson joins the Dolphins after spending three years at Boston College. He spent two seasons (2010-11) as the offensive graduate assistant after spending his first season (2009) as the team’s video graduate assistant. Prior to coming to Boston College, Johnson spent a year working as a software developer for eTeleNext, Inc. in Durham, NC. He also worked as a math tutor for University of North Carolina student-athletes. Johnson played four seasons as a quarterback for UNC after walking on to the team in 2004. He graduated from North Carolina in 2008 with a B.S. in mathematics and a B.S. in computer science.

Mosley joins the Dolphins after spending the 2011 season as the offensive line coach at Saint Anselm. Mosley’s additional duties included video coordinator and director of football operations. He spent two seasons (2009-10) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, working with the defensive line in 2010 and the offensive line in 2009. Mosley also served as the tight ends coach at Princeton University (2008) after working with the offensive line at Boston College in 2007. In 2006, he was a defensive backs coach at Villanova University. He also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron in 2005, where he worked with the tackles and tight ends. Mosley served as the Director of Strength and Conditioning, as well as the offensive line coach at Washington & Jefferson College in 2004.

On the field, Mosley was a running back, playing his first two collegiate seasons at Southeast Missouri State, before finishing out his collegiate career at Washington & Jefferson, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 2001.

Nixon returns for his second season with the Dolphins after being named running backs coach on January 20, 2011. In his first season with the team, Reggie Bush rushed for a career-high 1,086 yards and Daniel Thomas led all AFC rookie rushers with 581 yards. Nixon came to the Dolphins after spending four seasons (2007-10) with the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff. At Philadelphia, Nixon was an assistant coach working with the special teams and the offense, along with a focus on the running back position.

Prior to Philadelphia, Nixon served as the running backs coach at Temple University in 2006. Following the season, he was named the school’s wide receivers coach before accepting his new post with the Eagles. From 2003-05, he coached at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he worked with the running backs, tight ends and as a special teams coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Nixon served as running backs coach at Shippensburg from 1999-02. He was also the running backs coach at Princeton in 1998. Nixon began his coaching career in 1997 as a student assistant coach at Penn State.

Nixon played running back at West Virginia from 1993-94 before transferring to Penn State, where he earned Dean’s List and Big Ten Conference All-Academic Team recognition. Nixon earned a degree in elementary education from Penn State in 1998 before receiving his master’s degree in education administration from Shippensburg in 2003.

Miami Dolphins 2012 Coaching Staff

Joe Philbin........Head Coach
Blue Adams........Assistant Defensive Backs
Lou Anarumo........Defensive Backs
Charlie Bullen........Defensive Assistant
Dan Campbell........Tight Ends
David Corrao........Defensive Quality Control/Assistant Linebackers
Kevin Coyle........Defensive Coordinator
George Edwards........Linebackers
Dave Fipp........Assistant Special Teams
Ben Johnson........Offensive Assistant
Darren Krein........Head Strength and Conditioning
Phil McGeoghan........Assistant Wide Receivers
Chris Mosley........Assistant Offensive Line
Jeff Nixon........Running Backs
Ken O'Keefe........Wide Receivers
Dave Puloka ........Assistant Strength and Conditioning
Darren Rizzi........Special Teams Coordinator
Kacy Rodgers........Defensive Line
Mike Sherman........Offensive Coordinator
Zac Taylor........Assistant Quarterbacks
Jim Turner........Offensive Line
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