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Nolan is on board as the defensive coordinator

Mike Nolan, 50, is the Miami Dolphins new defensive coordinator, a source tells The Miami Herald.

We are searching for a second source, but I'm obviously confident enough in this to post it here.

Nolan takes over a defense that yielded 390 points in 2009, tied for the seventh-highest mark in the NFL. He succeeds Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired one week after the season ended.

The one and, really, the only question whether Nolan would land in Miami or not was his meeting with head coach Tony Sparano and how the two would get along. I'm told by a source that Nolan wanted to feel a comfort level with his new boss.

He apparently didn't feel that in Denver with Josh McDaniels. Although both wanted to run a 3-4 defense and both were agreed initially how to do that, as the season wore on, the two young men sort of grated on each other, I'm told by a source close to Nolan.

Thus Nolan and McDaniels agreed to part ways when other opportunities presented themselves for each.

Obviously, since Sparano offered the job and Nolan accepted, the two men believe they are on the same page.

Nolan helped the Broncos trim 7.8 points a game off a defense that surrendered 28 points a game in 2008. After getting fired as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers in 2008, Nolan tried his hand in broadcasting but found himself wanting to return to coaching.

Nolan did much of his work with Dolphins castoffs. He took Andre' Goodman, Renaldo Hill and added Brian Dawkins to form a solid secondary along with anchor Champ Bailey.

Although the details still have to be worked out, Nolan is expected to be with the Dolphins staff in Mobile, Ala. next week when they coach in the Senior Bowl.


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Wow, exciting news. So who is going to play the role of Champ Bailey, DJ Williams and Elvis Dumervill? You guys got more work to do with personell, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

I don't know who is dumber, Denver for letting Nolan walk or the Bills for not hiring him to be their headcoach.

finally we have a dc who can fired up our defense can draft defensive players and free agents on defense awesom,so we can really kick all butts in the AFC patriots cheats jets cry

Who cares how old the guy is as long as he has the experience and is able to bring a rapacious,voracious, predatory type of defense to the Phins. I want to see BLOOD!!!!!!!!

Is nolan bringing any body else with him? Additional staff, like OLB and ILB coaches? Does he have any ideas about who we may pick up from some other team or is that the exclusive realm of THE TUNA?

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