DAVIE, Fla., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Matt Burke got a promotion Thursday from the Miami Dolphins.
"It's obviously an exciting moment personally and hopefully for our organization to move forward," Burke told reporters. "It has been a hectic few weeks, or a few days, from Sunday forward. Everything has kind of happened pretty quickly. It's taking a little time to sink in, but I'm really excited to get going and help this team move forward."
First-year head coach Adam Gase, who led the Dolphins to a winning record for the first time since 2008, said having Burke last season was like having two defensive coordinators.
"Obviously we've promoted Matt Burke from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator," Gase told reporters. "The decision behind this was Matt knows this defense inside and out. Him being with 'V.J.' [Vance Joseph] for the amount of time that they were together in Cincinnati and then him coming along with the Dolphins last season was really big for us in the aspect that I really felt like we had two defensive coordinators on that side of the ball."
Matt Burke has been promoted to defensive coordinator. pic.twitter.com/UPSeVJWIB4— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 12, 2017
"We were very fortunate to be able get him. He had plenty of opportunities to go other places and decided to coach linebackers for us when it was critical for our success this past season and for myself, so it was an easy decision for our organization and me to elevate him to this position. The players respect him and mentally they love the attitude and energy he brings every day. They respect his knowledge of the game. These guys know that they'll be able to come in every game prepared and ready to roll to face whoever we're playing that week. This is one of those moves where we're able to keep the continuity of our system and our coaching staff together and we'll be able to add a piece here and there, but for the most part, our players won't be walking into a brand new system. They'll have an idea of what we're looking to do and we'll really be growing from this point on."
Joseph coached a Dolphins unit ranked No. 29 in yards allowed and No. 18 in points allowed last season. The Cincinnati Bengals hired Burke in 2014 before he followed Joseph to Miami. Before joining the Bengals, Burke worked as a linebackers coach with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans defenses.