Josh Boyer enters his 15th season as an NFL coach and second season with the Dolphins.
Josh Boyer enters his 15th season as an NFL coach and second season with the Dolphins. He was promoted to defensive coordinator on Jan. 20, 2020 after being originally hired as defensive pass game coordinator/cornerbacks coach on Feb. 8, 2019.
Boyer helped Miami's pass defense improve significantly throughout his first season in Miami. The Dolphins allowed 296.3 pass yards per game in their first four games of the season but limited that number to just 251.1 pass yards per game allowed in the final 12 games following the team's Week 5 bye. Boyer helped mentor cornerback Nik Needham, an undrafted rookie who finished the season second among all NFL rookies with 11 passes defensed. Needham's 10 passes defensed in the final eight games of the season were tied for the fifth-most among all NFL players in that span. Boyer came to Miami after spending 13 years with New England as a coaching assistant (2006-08) and coaching defensive backs (2009-11) and cornerbacks (2012-18). During his tenure, the Patriots won 12 division titles, six AFC championships and three Super Bowls (XLIX, LI and LIII). The team went 162-46 (.779) in the regular season during Boyer's tenure, the best record in the NFL during that span.
In Boyer's 10 seasons (2009-18) as a position coach for the Patriots, he helped develop five different Pro Bowl selections and five different All-Pro honorees. In that span, the team had the NFL's third-best scoring defense, allowing 19.4 points per game. Opposing passers had a rating of just 84.8 during those 10 seasons, the 10th-best mark in the league.
The 2018 Patriots defense played well against the pass, limiting opposing passers to an 85.4 rating. New England was third in the league in interceptions (18) and the defense, as a whole, was seventh in the NFL in scoring, allowing just 20.3 points per game. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore earned first-team All-Pro honors
for the first time in his career and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. Boyer's unit helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII.
In 2017, the Patriots won the AFC in part due to a defense that finished fifth in the NFL, allowing 18.5 points per game. Malcolm Butler was tied for second among all NFL cornerbacks with three forced fumbles and finished sixth on the team with 60 tackles (55 solo). Boyer helped the Patriots once again win the Super Bowl (LI) in 2016. Butler earned second-team All-Pro honors with a team-leading four interceptions. Logan Ryan led all NFL cornerbacks with 92 tackles (74 solo).
New England went 14-2 in the regular season with the league's best scoring defense, surrendering just 15.6 points per game. The Patriots were eighth in the NFL in opposing passer rating (84.4).
In 2015, Boyer mentored Butler to his first career Pro Bowl appearance as he led the team with 15 passes defensed. Ryan led the team with four interceptions and was second in passes defensed (14) and third in tackles (74; 58 solo). Ryan's 74 tackles were tied for fourth among all NFL cornerbacks. The Patriots finished in the top 10 in both scoring defense (10th, 19.7) and total defense (9th, 339.4). New England won Super Bowl XLIX in 2014 as Boyer once again tutored a first-team All-Pro cornerback in Darrelle Revis in Revis' only season with the Patriots. Revis led the team with 14 passes defensed and was tied for the team lead with two interceptions, earning the sixth Pro Bowl selection of his career. New England had the eighth-best defense in the league, holding opponents to just 19.6 points per game. They also limited opposing passers to an 84.0 rating, which was 10th in the NFL.
In 2013, Boyer tutored Aqib Talib, who earned second-team All-Pro honors. His starting cornerbacks – Talib and Ryan – combined for nine interceptions. The Patriots were 10th in scoring defense (21.1) and were ninth in opposing passer rating (81.0).
In Boyer's first season transitioning to cornerbacks coach in 2012, the Patriots led the NFL in turnover differential (+25), were second in takeaways (41), tied for fifth in interceptions (20) and tied for ninth in scoring defense (20.7).
From 2009-11, Boyer served as New England's defensive backs coach. In 2011, the Patriots won 13 regularseason games, led the AFC in turnover differential (+17) and advanced to Super Bowl XLVI. He helped Kyle Arrington tie for the NFL lead with seven interceptions.
The Patriots won 14 games in 2010 and led the NFL in turnover differential (+28). Boyer coached two Pro Bowl players that season – cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Brandon Meriweather. McCourty also earned second-team All-Pro honors and was tied for second in the NFL with seven interceptions during his
In his first season as a position coach in 2009, Boyer helped Meriweather earn his first Pro Bowl selection. Boyer was a coaching assistant for the Patriots from 2006-08 and was part of the 2007 Patriots team that went 16-0 in the regular season and won the AFC Championship.
Prior to his time in New England, Boyer held several collegiate coaching positions. He served as defensive coordinator at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2005, was defensive backs coach at Bryant in 2004 and also held graduate assistant roles at Kent State (2002-03) and Dayton (2001). He began his coaching career at King's College (Pa.) as an assistant coach in 2000.
Boyer was a four-year starter at Muskingam College (1996-99) in Ohio. He played wide receiver for three seasons before switching to defensive back as a senior and earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors at the position in 1999. He graduated from the school with a degree in physical education and health.
A Heath, Ohio native, Boyer and his wife, Kristi, have one daughter, Kennedy.