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Miami hires former Denver assistant Eric Studesville to oversee running game

The Dolphins are looking to former Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville to upgrade one of last season's worst rushing attacks. John Leyba/The Denver Post

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Former Denver Broncos assistant head coach/running backs Eric Studesville is headed to the Miami Dolphins as the team's run game coordinator and running backs coach.

Studesville had been the longest-tenured assistant coach on the Broncos staff before he was one of six assistants fired by Vance Joseph the day after the season finale. Studesville joined Denver in 2010, a stint that included four games as the interim head coach when Josh McDaniels was fired that season.

Studesville and Dolphins coach Adam Gase worked together in Denver for both McDaniels and John Fox.

Gase wants Studesville to upgrade the Dolphins' run game, which was one of the worst in the league in 2017. The Dolphins finished 29th in rushing (86.8 yards per game), were last in the league in rushing attempts (22.5 per game) and tied for last in the league -- with the Seattle Seahawks -- with four rushing touchdowns.

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who had his first career 1,000-yard rushing season in '17, has consistently credited Studesville with "making sure I get the most out of my ability, [Studesville] has always pushed me and you knew even when he is as tough as anybody can be, that he cares about you."

Former Broncos running back Willis McGahee, who rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Broncos as a 30-year-old in 2011, called Studesville “one of the best, a big reason I signed [with the Broncos]." Knowshon Moreno also credited Studesville for helping him to a 1,000-yard season in 2012.

The Broncos finished 12th in the league in rushing this past season, but that was more due to choices made in play-calling. The Broncos had more rushing attempts than passes in all five of the team's wins this season.

Studesville replaces Danny Barrett on Miami's staff. Barrett's contract was not renewed at season's end.