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Source - Patrick Graham leaving Dolphins to be Giants DC

UniqueThis 3 Jan 12
6:07 PM ET

Patrick Graham is leaving his role as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator to take the same role with the New York Giants, a source told ESPN.

The Dolphins are planning to promote defensive pass game coordinator/cornerback coach Josh Boyer to defensive coordinator with Graham leaving.

In plucking Graham from Miami, new Giants coach Joe Judge sought out a familiar face in one of his first moves to fill out his staff. Judge was on the staff with Graham in New England from 2012-15.

It's also a return home of sort for Graham, who was the Giants defensive line coach from 2016-17. Graham, who is close with Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, leaves Miami after just one season as the defensive play-caller. The Dolphins finished 30th in total defense in 2019 with a bare-bones roster in the early steps of a rebuild.

But the Giants have hope that he can help improve a defense that finished 25th this past season under previous defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The Giants didn't have a single Pro Bowl player and only two teams had less money invested in the defensive side of the ball.

"That's great," one player who has worked extensively with Graham said after hearing about the hiring. "He's a good coach."

Graham, a Yale graduate who once had dreams of the CIA, takes over a young Giants defense that started nine first- or second-year players this season. They had five rookies start at different points throughout the season, including three in the secondary at the same time.

The Dolphins, who had to approve the interview and hire for a lateral move, saw a lot of promise in Boyer and believe he can flourish in his new role. Boyer has a reputation of identifying and developing hidden defensive talent, with success stories like Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, Patriots cornerbacks J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones and Dolphins cornerback Nik Needham.

Boyer, who has also has a strong relationship with Flores, played a key role in a Dolphins defense that finished tied for 12th in interceptions despite seeing four of their five Week 1 secondary starters finish the season on injured reserve or traded.

NFL Network was first to report the defensive coordinator moves.