Wyche: Nolan situation clarified
Nolan spent four seasons as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, but he went 18-37 before being fired midway through the 2008 season. He has made five stops as an NFL defensive coordinator, with the Broncos, Baltimore Ravens (2002-04), New York Jets (2000), Washington Redskins (1997-99) and New York Giants (1993-96).
The Dolphins allowed a franchise-record 140 points in the fourth quarter, most in the NFL. They fell behind 24-6, 27-0 and 27-10, respectively, in their final three games.
Now that the Dolphins have a new defensive coordinator, they can intensify their shopping for linebackers and a free safety. Linebackers Jason Taylor and Joey Porter and nose tackle Jason Ferguson, all in their 30s, are among those players who might not be back in 2010.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.