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Inside The Coaching Staff: Blue Adams

Posted Mar 8, 2012

Of all the new faces on the Dolphins coaching staff, Blue Adams is the only one with NFL playing experience. The new assistant defensive backs coach not only played in the NFL, but also in the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.


Adams is a relative newcomer to the coaching profession, having started his post-playing career in 2010. In our continuing series looking deeper into the new members of Head Coach Joe Philbin’s staff, we introduce you to Adams and give you a better look at his background and his style.

NFL Coaching Experience: This will be Adams’ first foray into professional coaching after two years working on the collegiate level.

College Coaching Experience: After ending his playing career with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009, Adams began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue, where new Dolphins assistant Lou Anarumo also was on the staff. After that one season, Adams became the secondary coach at the University of Northern Iowa.

Playing Career Summary: After playing collegiately at the University of Cincinnati, Adams was a seventh-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL draft. As a defensive back, Adams ended up playing 50 games in four different NFL seasons, starting with an eight-game stint with Jacksonville as a rookie in 2003. After playing with the NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire in 2004, Adams returned to the NFL with Tampa Bay, where he played 29 games over the next two seasons. He wrapped up his NFL career by appearing in 13 games for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007. After being out of the NFL in 2008, Adams spent one year with Montreal.

Did You Know?: Adams’ real first name is Danny. He inherited the nickname “Blue” from his father and although he’s not quite sure of the origin, he believes his father got the name from former Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue. “That’s G-14 classified. I inherited ‘Little Blue’ at some point. The ‘Little’ fell off and just became ‘Blue.’ That was something that I got from my father.”

By The Numbers: Adams ended his playing career with one sack, which came Oct. 14, 2007 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The sack came against former Dolphins quarterback Damon Huard. Adams set a University of Cincinnati record when he finished his college career with 12 interceptions.

Dolphins Connections: Adams has no connection to head coach Joe Philbin, but he played for and coached with two of the new assistants on the staff. When Adams played for Cincinnati in 2007, current Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle was the secondary coach. In his first season in coaching, Adams assisted Anarumo with the defensive backs at Purdue.

Off The Field: Adams, a native of Miami who attended Miami Senior High, says it’s all about spending time with his four children. He has a 12-year-old daughter and three sons, ages 10, 5 and the youngest was born last Oct. 6. His oldest son is Junior, but Danny Jr., not Blue Jr. “They keep me busy,” Adams says.

Adams On His Coaching Philosophy: “I’m a huge technician. That’s how you would become great from just being average. The quickest and best way to improve a young man’s game is through technique, great fundamentals and great attitude.”

Adams On Joining The Dolphins: “I couldn’t imagine coaching for my home team, my hometown. I’m excited for the opportunity and being that I went to Miami High, I understand the culture and the living of South Florida. Football has allowed me to see many, many different things, beautiful places, meet some wonderful people. It’s been great. It’s been a journey. It’s been awesome for me.”
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