The Dolphins are on the verge of hiring the talented (although somewhat scattered) Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator.
Nolan left the Broncos Monday after a very successful season in which Denver vaulted to seventh in the NFL in total defense after an embarrassingly bad 2008. The decision to leave, it's been reported, was mutual between Nolan and head coach Josh McDaniels.
Nolan was the head coach in San Francisco at the start of the 2008 season but was fired in October (if you ever had the pleasure of reading transcripts of his convoluted press conferences, you might see why). Since he's a guy on the make, it's no real shock that he and the 33-year-old McDaniels didn't pan out past one season.
But Nolan knows his X's as he proved as the Ravens defensive coordinator earlier in the decade. He brings a good track record to the AFC East and a proficiency in running the 3-4, so the Dolphins will be a little more daunting than they were with Paul Pasqualoni running the defense as he was in 2009.
Then there's the Bills. Today, they will unveil Chan Gailey as their new head coach. Chan Gailey. Guy makes Dick Jauron seem like Dave Chappelle. Jettisoned by the Chiefs at the dawn of the 2009 season (he and new head coach Todd Haley weren't seeing eye-to-eye) Gailey is as unimaginative a hiring as a team could make. In his one head coaching stint in the NFL, he was 18-14 with Dallas in 1998 and 1999. He's been a coordinator in Miami, Pittsburgh (very successful in the mid-90s) and KC.
So while we don't want to ignore the fact that Gailey fits the bill as a "respected football man" he's also an uninspiring choice to lead a franchise that's currently steeped in irrelevance.
Tom E. Curran can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm gonna go ahead and say that's bad when your rivals are loving who you picked as head coach....
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