After missing out on their first choices for defensive coordinator, the Dolphins received a bit of a gift on Monday when Mike Nolan parted ways with the Denver Broncos after spending just one year there.
Nolan's departure from Denver was spurred on when Miami sent a written request to interview him for the open DC position. Because this was a lateral move, Denver was not required to consent. But head coach Josh McDaniels asked Nolan where he would rather be, and when Nolan said Miami, the two parties agreed to part ways.
And just a day later he was officially hired as Miami's new defensive coordinator.
Nolan runs an aggressive 3-4 scheme, so Miami will be able to maintain the basic structure of its defense.