How Matt Burke plans to fix the Dolphins’ defense (and mess with some heads in the process) – Miami Dolphins News

How Matt Burke plans to fix the Dolphins’ defense (and mess with some heads in the process) – Miami Dolphins News

Long before Matt Burke was a faceless coaching grunt, let alone an NFL defensive coordinator, he was psychology major at Dartmouth who also happened to also play football.

Burke acknowledges he wasn’t the most physically gifted athlete and only made the Big Green’s roster as a walk-on.

No, he went to school to learn and spent his formative years studying how the mind works.

Two decades later, Burke is about to call his first regular-season defensive game on any level. And while X’s and O’s are important, Burke will rely nearly as much on his Ivy League degree for success.

Burke has natural ability to connect with his players on a human level, a big reason why Dolphins coach Adam Gase entrusted the job of turning around Miami’s historically bad defense with a career assistant.

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