"The Denver Broncos
and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan have agreed to part ways, and a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton that Nolan is close to an agreement to take on the same role with the Miami Dolphins
. Before the split, Miami sent in a request for permission to interview Nolan, sources close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The parting was friendly and gave Nolan a chance to move on and talk to the Dolphins, the source told Clayton."
"In large part because of differences in coaching styles, philosophies and game-day play calling, McDaniels, the Broncos' head coach, and Nolan, the team's defensive coordinator, decided at the conclusion of their meeting Monday to end their business relationship after just one season...McDaniels and Nolan moved quickly to fill their voids. Nolan will interview with the Miami Dolphins for their defensive coordinator position this week, while the Broncos are likely to soon name former New England assistant Dean Pees as their fifth defensive coordinator in five years."
"You never know who will take over. Will they bring in an insider or an outsider? Hopefully we run a similar scheme. If everything changes we have to start from scratch. You never know how that will effect the guys, but then again we have a lot of veterans," said (Andra) Davis.
DPP - Broncos ask Bills' permission to interview RBs coach Studesville - Mike Klis
DPP - Analysis: Divergent paths for Broncos' Moreno, Jets' Greene - Jeff Legwold
"Some in the NFL, especially older coaches, believe McDaniels was too impulsive with his power during his first season at the top of the flow chart. That at times he was too quick to punish — cutting players such as punter Brett Kern
, benching guard Ben Hamilton
and then running more of the zone-blocking plays Hamilton excels at, and demoting other players such as cornerback Alphonso Smith
to sign older players (Ty Law
among them) who aren't in the team's long-term plans."
DPP - Another year, another defensive coordinator - Jeff Legwold
"Regardless of who replaces Nolan, he won’t find success unless McDaniels upgrades the team’s defensive front seven."
CSG - Report: Nolan, Broncos part ways - Frank Schwab
CBS4 - Elway Picks Colts, Vikings In The Super Bowl - Matthew Buettner
AFC West News
NFL - Chargers sign coach Turner to three-year extension
"Pulled over several hours before Sunday’s game, Jackson was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags, according to San Diego Police. Detective Gary Hassen said a radar unit initially stopped Jackson for "loud music," and after it was determined that the vehicle’s registration was expired and Jackson’s license was not valid, the player was briefly handcuffed."
SDUT - Chargers vow to regroup - Kevin Acee
SDUT - Spanos confident in Turner - Acee & Jenkins
SDUT - Going from sizzle to fizzle, juvenile play inexcusable - Nick Canepa
SDUT - Uncharacteristic? Playoff history says otherwise - Tim Sullivan
OT - Patriot games in the AFC West - Jerry McDonald
NFL - Gailey now the favorite in Buffalo
NFL - Gray headed to Seahawks as defensive backs coach
NFL - 49ers name Kurt Schottenheimer ST Coordinator
NFL - Longtime Panthers receivers coach Williamson decides to retire
NFL - AP source: Dolphins' stadium will be named for Sun Life Financial
NFL - Titans WR Britt pays $865 in fines after arrest on traffic warrants
SN - AFC, NFC title games pose intriguing matchups - Dennis Dillon & Clifton Brown
FOX - Who has the edge in championship games? - John Czarnecki
SN - Divisional Playoff Checkdown: Dome duels will make for exciting championship games - Vinnie Iyer
NFL - Colts, Saints put controversy over rest to bed with big wins - Pat Kirwan
CBS - Divisional Judgements: Phillips is one lucky man - Clark Judge
CBS - Monday Musings - Pete Prisco
NFP - Don't buy into Roy Williams' frustrations - Matt Bowen
NYT - Home Domination, and the Jets - Judy Battista
NYT - Jets Hope Rex Ryan’s Confidence Is as Good as a Guarantee - Dave Anderson
NFP - Diner morning news: Jets stop the big plays - MIke Lombardi
NFL - Ryan's 'all in' mentality has brought Jets to brink of Super Bowl - Mike Lombardi
NFP - Callahan playing big role in Jets’ run - Matt Bowen
NFL - This time, Colts and Jets play for Super Bowl berth - Vic Carucci
Y! - AFC title game: Can Jets get to Manning? - Jason Cole
FH - Colts Gave Jets Life, Now Jets Can Knock Them Out - Dan Graziano
FOX - Rookie Sanchez shows a veteran's poise - Mark Kriegel
FH - Brad Childress Deserves Credit for Vikings' Success - J.J. Cooper
FH - Vilma, Defense Huge Part of Saints' March to Title Game - Thomas George
Y! - NFC title game: Can Brees, Favre be stopped? - Charles Robinson
CBS - It's on Bushrod to keep Brees running Saints' machine - Pete Prisco
"I don't really care who the Broncos hire to run the defense, as long as he does a good job."
Clady, Dumervil make it for Denver
NFP - Shrine Game weigh-in: East roster - Wes Bunting
NFP - A detailed look at the Leach lawsuit - Robert Boland
R.I.P. Gaines Adams
NFP - Another tragic death strikes the NFL - Andrew Brandt
SI - How enlarged hearts, like Gaines Adams', can go undetected - David Epstein