Baltimore Ravens defensive line coach Anthony Weaver is set to interview with the Miami Dolphins as part of their quest for a new defensive coordinator, as reported by The Athletic’s Dianna Russini.
Weaver, who also holds the position of assistant head coach in Baltimore, recently engaged in discussions with the Atlanta Falcons regarding their head-coaching vacancy. Russini highlighted that he underwent a second interview with the Washington Commanders on Monday.
Regarded as an ascending assistant coach, the 43-year-old is often considered a strong contender for a future head coaching role.
“In the pursuit of establishing the right culture, [Weaver] has emerged as a notable name in conversations,” Russini revealed in December. “…An NFL executive drew parallels between Weaver and a figure like Dan Campbell, citing his strong discipline. We’ve witnessed Campbell successfully transition from assistant head coach to head coach, and perhaps Weaver, also a former player, could infuse a team with the same passion if given the opportunity.”
The Dolphins find themselves in need of a replacement for Vic Fangio, whose one-year tenure with the team left much to be desired.
“Fangio’s singular approach to leading the defense became a source of friction among other coaches, evident in his reluctance to allow position coaches to present their work to the defense. Instead, he gathered information himself and delivered it,” reported The MMQB’s Albert Breer. “This antiquated approach began to wear thin on players, who, by season’s end, were tuning Fangio out.”
Weaver, with his potential to offer a refreshing departure from Fangio’s methods, appears to be a favorable option.
One potential drawback for Miami is the prospect of having a third defensive coordinator in as many seasons by bringing in Weaver. However, if the defense experiences a significant improvement in 2024, Weaver, a former defensive end, could solidify his position for a promotion elsewhere.
While the potential for a coaching change might be a concern, it doesn’t overshadow the compelling case for hiring Weaver if the opportunity arises.