Dolphins hire Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator

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MIAMI (AP) - Former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan has
been hired as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator.

The Dolphins hired Nolan on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after
the announcement of his departure as defensive coordinator for the
Denver Broncos.

Nolan replaces Paul Pasqualoni, who was fired after two seasons.

Nolan was the 49ers' head coach in 2005-08. He spent one year
with Denver and has been a defensive coordinator with four other
NFL teams: Baltimore (2002-04), the New York Jets (2000),
Washington (1997-99) and the New York Giants (1993-96).

Earlier Tuesday, the Dolphins announced the hiring of former New
York Giants assistant coach Bill Sheridan as inside linebackers