Jason Taylor has a new role in Miami. The Pro Football Hall of Famer has reportedly been promoted from defensive analyst to defensive ends coach.

Taylor, who had a legendary career with the Miami Dolphins, joined Mario Cristobal’s staff in 2022.

Taylor succeeds Rod Wright, who recently departed UM to take a position with the Houston Texans.

What to make of the Taylor hire

The Taylor hire seems to check all the boxes for the Canes. Taylor should be a strong recruiter with his high school coaching career and name recognition as a Dolphins legend and Hall of Famer. With a year under his belt as an analyst, he already has familiarity with the players and the program.

The knock on Taylor would be that he hasn’t been an on-field college football coach before. In this role, he’s starting small as a defensive ends coach. There’s no question Taylor knows what it takes to be an effective defensive end. From 1997-2011, he recorded 774 tackles, including 139.5 sacks, during regular-season NFL play. This should be a good way to find out if his NFL playing and high school coaching experience translate to the college level.