Report: Coyle to return as Dolphins defensive coordinator, Wallace’s future uncertain

The future of Miami Dolphins wide receiever Mike Wallace, left, is unclear while defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle, right, is reportedly returning for his fourth season.

Despite coaching a unit that allowed 193 points over the final six games of the season to help send the Miami Dolphins to its second consecutive 8-8 finish, defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle will be back next season, the Miami Herald reports.

Among the NFL’s best the first half of 2014, the Dolphins finished the regular season ranked No. 12 in overall defense, surrendering 121.1 rushing yards per game and 222.3 passing yards per game. They also gave up 23.3 points per game, ranking them 20th in the league.

In three seasons as Miami’s defensive coordinator, Coyle’s defense has allowed an average of 21.4 points per game.

As for the future of disgruntled wide receiver Mike Wallace, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was noncommittal during a brief interview with local reporters at Sun Life Stadium on Friday.

"I don’t think anybody really knows that," Ross told the Miami Herald. "They’re looking and assessing the team and seeing what we need to do to win next year, and that’s the most important thing. Next year, we need to win."

Due $9.85 million next season as part of a five-year, $60 million contract that runs through 2017, Wallace has led the Dolphins in catches (140), receiving yards (1,852) and touchdowns (15) since his arrival in 2013.

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