Potential DC replacements for Vance Joseph if he gets hired by Dolphins

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The Arizona Cardinals could see some changes on their coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has interviewed for the vacant head-coaching position for the Miami Dolphins.

There is a growing feeling that Joseph is the favorite to be hired for the job, meaning the Cardinals would need a new leader of the defense.

Who could be his potential replacement?

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Bill Davis

Davis is the Cardinals’ linebacker coach. He has been a defensive coordinator three times — for the San Francisco 49ers, the Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. He would maintain continuity with the defense.

Brentson Buckner

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The Cardinals could also promote Buckner, who is the team’s defensive line coach for a second stint.

He has not yet been a coordinator but he does have the respect of pretty much everyone.

Wade Phillips

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The Cardinals run a Wade Phillips defense under Joseph. Phillips was let go by the Los Angeles Rams a year ago. He could run roughly the same system and get back at the Rams.

Also, when he is coaching a defense, that team goes to the playoffs, and if the Cardinals find themselves in a situation where they need to fire Kliff Kingsbury midseason, he becomes a perfect interim head coach.

Don 'Wink' Martindale

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Martindale was just let go by the Baltimore Ravens as defensive coordinator, a position he held for four seasons. He also was DC for the Denver Broncos.

If running a 3-4 defense is a priority, he runs one.

Mike Zimmer

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Zimmer was fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, where he had been since 2014. He was a defensive coordinator from 2000-2013 before that for the Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals.

He runs a 4-3 defense, but that might actually perfect with the Cardinals’ situation at linebacker.

Vic Fangio

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His defenses are unquestionably good. He was fired by the Denver Broncos as their head coach like Joseph was before he took the Cardinals’ DC job.

He runs a 3-4 defense, but does he want to be here?

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