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Nolan out, Pees likely in with Broncos

Mike Klis
The Denver Post

Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and the team parted ways today, clearing the way for former Patriots assistant Dean Pees to take the position on head coach Josh McDaniels’ staff.

“I can’t say anything other than Josh and I mutually agreed to part ways,” Nolan said after meeting with McDaniels today.

Pees had served as the defensive coordinator in New England under Bill Belichick since the 2006 season, but he left the team under mutual agreement on Jan. 14. The Patriots defense ranked 11th overall this season.

Pees, 60, was hospitalized for shortness of breath in a Week 17 loss at Houston.

But don’t feel too sorry for Nolan. He’s expected to get another defensive coordinator position soon, interviewing this week with the Miami Dolphins. The Buffalo Bills have also expressed interest, and the Chicago Bears may be eying him as well.

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