Chris Chambers played for three teams during his 10-year career, but he will always have a very close relationship with the Miami Dolphins. Chambers spent 6-plus years with the team, including a Pro Bowl season in 2005, and currently serves as a part-time analyst for The Finsiders.
He’s now getting to do a little bit more with the organization, at least for the next week. Starting tomorrow and going through next week’s scrimmage, Chambers will serve as a coaching intern for the team, working with the receiving corps and the offensive coaching staff.
The Dolphins organization has been incredibly active in engaging with alumni, and Chambers is the latest former Dolphins player in a long line of alumni to be embraced by Head Coach Joe Philbin and his staff this offseason. Former players such as Jason Taylor, Sam Madison, and Nat Moore have visited practice, and both Taylor and Madison served as guest coach during OTAs and minicamp.
Chambers is hoping to go through the same experience, and the former Pro Bowl wide receiver just wants to contribute in any way he can to help the team.
“I’m going to go in there with a clear mind, and I hope to make an impact with the team in some kind of way. It feels good to be able to do that, and if I help a player or two, I think it will be outstanding for me,” said Chambers.
What Chambers is really hoping to do is get to coach up Miami’s deep receiving corps. He’s looking to interact with the players on the field and help teach them invaluable tips about playing the position.
“When we get on the field, I’m just going to let my coaching juices just go to work,” said Chambers. “I’m not the type of coach that’s going to be yelling and screaming or doing any of that stuff. I’m more laid back, I may pull a guy to the side and tell them what I see, and kind of go from there. I’m just going to jump in and do whatever I can to help this receiving corps out.”
Chambers really thinks he’ll shine in the film room in addition to the field. The focus of training camp is obviously every time the team steps out onto the field, but time watching film is just as important, if not even more critical.
“I just can’t wait to kind of watch and observe them on the practice field and how they watch film,” said Chambers. “I know I’ll be very good when it comes to the film and watching film, and understanding the routes, the concepts, the defense and what to look for. I know I’ll be able to help with that.”
Is coaching something that Chambers is going to pursue in the future? He doesn’t exactly know just yet, but he’s going to soak his first opportunity in. He just wants to get a taste of the coaching life. So he feels this situation is perfect for him.
“This is my first opportunity, I feel like they’ll be plenty of years to do that, I’m only 35,” said Chambers. “I don’t know if I want to spend my whole day coaching from 6-10 p.m. every single day. So I like the flexibility, but if I can be around the guys, you never know. Maybe in the future it could be something I pursue.”
“This will be a good taste for me. I’m definitely going to give it a shot.”
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