As the NFL Championship contests draw closer, a few of the 28 organizations on the outside looking in have already made adjustments in preparation for their 2010-2011 campaigns. The Miami Dolphins hired Mike Nolan as their new defensive coordinator with hopes to better compete with the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the AFC East. Nolan was able to improve the Denver Broncos defense this season, and the Dolphins organization expects for him to make an immediate impact in Miami.
The San Diego Chargers decided to extend head coach Norv Turners contract despite their recent loss in the Divisional round to the underdog Jets. Team president Dean Spanos emphasized turners importance to their success, saying “I think he’s done an outstanding job and I look forward to the next four years.”
The Seattle Seahawks are really shaking things up following their 2009 5-11 showing. Soon after hiring former USC coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks organization is set to bring in Jon Schneider to assume the General Manager position. Carroll has already been put to work in Seattle rebuilding the roster and coaching staff.
Carroll is surely excited to be a part of the NFL since the Patriots fired him in 1999. “I know that Paul Allen wants to win, and he doesn’t want to just win once in a while. He wants to win from now on,” said Carroll. “To me, that fits exactly with the way I think, and the way I’ve tried to present our football in recent years.”
The New York Jets will attempt to play spoiler over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday for the AFC Championship as Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings meet up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome for NFC title rights. NFL Playoff tickets are now available!