Patrick Surtain says if another team called he would’ve stayed with Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have lost a number of coaches this offseason, but defensive assistant Patrick Surtain’s departure was the only one that they didn’t have a part in.
Surtain left Miami Gardens in January to join the Florida State Seminoles’ coaching staff as their secondary coach. In three years, Surtain has jumped from high school head coach to NFL defensive assistant and now to positional coach at the college level.
However, it’s not that he was just looking to move on from the Dolphins. Speaking on if he would’ve left his position for another job, he was quite frank.
“Probably not,” Surtain said. “ It’s still the state of Florida. Like if Minnesota called me, I would stay with the Dolphins. If Washington or Washington State would’ve called, I would’ve stayed with the Dolphins.
“But Tallahassee, what, five hours away from home? With an iconic program like Florida State that’s getting back to the glory days, that was the perfect situation. So, lightning happened in the bottle twice with the Dolphins and then Florida State. I’m ready to leave my mark on the program.”
With defensive coordinator Josh Boyer getting fired after the Surtain news was reported, it’s unclear whether or not he would’ve been kept around on Vic Fangio’s staff, but it’s great to see the legendary cornerback continuing to develop in his coaching career.
At the rate he’s going, he’ll be a defensive coordinator soon.
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