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Fins quick to replace coordinator

Published Aug. 27, 2005

The Miami Dolphins moved quickly to find Norv Turner's replacement Monday.

Hours after Turner left the team to become Oakland's new coach, the Dolphins turned over the playbook to Joel Collier, their running backs coach for the past six seasons.

The Dolphins also announced the hiring of former Oakland offensive coordinator Marc Trestman as quarterbacks and assistant head coach, and Jerry Sullivan as the team's new wide receivers coach.

Turner was Miami's offensive coordinator for two seasons, neither of which resulted in a playoff berth despite the Dolphins ranking sixth in the NFL in rushing over that span.

Collier has been with the Dolphins for 10 seasons, the first four as a defensive assistant. He was persuaded by coach Dave Wannstedt last year to stay in Miami, turning down an opportunity to join former Dolphins assistant Mike Shula's new staff at Alabama.

"I think success is in the details," Collier said. "I hope whatever we do as an offensive staff, that shows up as time goes on. I don't want to leave too many things to chance."

Miami ranked 24th in the league in total offense last season and was one of seven teams that failed to convert at least one-third of its third-down situations. Quarterback Jay Fiedler finished with a career-worst 72.4 rating; he ranked 28th in the league among those who threw 100 or more passes in 2003.

Trestman's coaching career started as a volunteer assistant at the University of Miami while attending law school there in 1982; a year later he was hired as quarterbacks coach and the Hurricanes won the national championship.

CHIEF ADDED TO PRO BOWL: Defensive end Gary Stills was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster as a special-teams replacement for injured Baltimore defensive end Adalius Thomas. He is the ninth Kansas City player on the AFC roster.

EX-BRONCO ARRESTED: Former tight end Clarence Kay was arrested on suspicion of burglary and accused of breaking into a former girlfriend's home and grabbing her as she called 911. Kay, 42, who played for Denver from 1984-92, could face an assault charge because officers saw scrapes on the woman, police spokeswoman Kathleen Walsh said.

Kay and the woman apparently had been drinking when he walked into an Aurora, Colo., police station early Saturday and began to file a report saying the two had fought and she had slapped him. He left before finishing the report. Later, the woman called police and said Kay had broken into her home through a window and grappled with her, police said.

BILLS: Tyke Tolbert was hired as receivers coach. He spent last season in the same position with the Cardinals.

GIANTS: Tom Coughlin added another former Jacksonville assistant to his coaching staff, hiring Kevin Gilbride as quarterbacks coach. Pat Flaherty, a former Rutgers assistant, was added as offensive line coach, Dave DeGuglielmo was hired as an assistant offensive line/quality control coach and David Merritt as defensive assistant/quality control coach. Gilbride spent the past two seasons as Buffalo's offensive coordinator.

JETS: Donnie Henderson was hired as defensive coordinator. Henderson, secondary coach for the Ravens since 1999, replaces Ted Cottrell, fired after the Jets' 6-10 regular season.

STEELERS: Kicker Jeff Reed is expected to need three months of rehabilitation after surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left hip.