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George Edwards leaves Dolphins to become Vikings' defensive coordinator

The Miami Dolphins just hired new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, but it appears Joe Philbin's search for assistant coaches isn't over.

According to Fox Sports, Dolphins linebacker coach George Edwards will be joining newly hired coach Mike Zimmer's staff as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator.

The Vikings are also expected to name former Dolphins assistant Norv Turner as the team's offensive coordinator. Turner, who served as a head coach in Washington, Oakland and San Diego, served as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator in 2013.

Last season Edwards, who has spent seven total years with the Dolphins, coached one of the units that struggled the most for Miami due to scheme fit, chemistry issues, and injuries to Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler and Koa Misi.

Last season, the Dolphins allowed 1,998 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns, which was the most the franchise has allowed since the 2009 season. However, Edwards, who was in his second stint as an assistant with the Dolphins, has had numerous seasons where his linebacker unit has thrived under his instruction.

Edwards also has defensive coordinator experience, having served in that role for the Buffalo Bills in 2010 and 2011, and for the Redskins in 2003. His ties with Zimmer go back to their days together on the Dallas Cowboys staff.

It is possible Edwards might not be the only Dolphins assistant poached, or let go from Philbin's staff this offseason. Last year the Dolphins lost two assistants to other teams.

The Dolphins are also in the market for an assistant offensive line coach to replace Chris Mosley, who left the team in the middle of the 2013 season.

The Dolphins will likely use next week's Senior Bowl as an opportunity to interview possible replacements for Edwards, and coaches for other positions.

Grimes lauded

Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes was one of 26 players, and two cornerbacks named to the 2013 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team, which recognizes players who exhibit exemplary football techniques for young players to emulate.

Grimes and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman were the two cornerbacks selected by a panel of former NFL executives, coaches and players. This is Grimes' second time being recognized as the NFL's most fundamentally sound player at his position. He also made the All-Fundamental team in 2011 while a member of the Falcons.

Grimes, who was selected to his second Pro Bowl for his performance last season, is expected to become a free agent this offseason. He's expressed a desire to re-sign with the Dolphins, but his representatives are waiting for the next general manager to make him a multi-year offer. It is also possible the Dolphins will use the franchise tag on Grimes, ensuring his return in 2014.

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