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Dolphins hire ex-Giants assistant Sheridan, Nolan

Chan Gailey was hired by the Buffalo Bills yesterday, getting a second chance to prove himself as an NFL coach and inheriting a team that has missed the playoffs for 10 straight years.

Gailey was introduced by general manager Buddy Nix at a news conference which ended a two-month search to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. Gailey takes over a team that finished 6-10 and becomes the Bills' fifth coach since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season.

Gailey, 58, has spent 15 of his 38 years of coaching in the NFL. In his two years coaching the Dallas Cowboys, he went 18-14 and led the team to consecutive playoff appearances - both losses. He was dismissed after the 1999 season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged his mistake in firing Gailey.


Sheridan lands in Miami

Former Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was hired as the Miami Dolphins' inside linebackers coach. Sheridan was fired two weeks ago by the Giants.

Sheridan coached the Giants' linebackers in 2005-08 and was their defensive coordinator in 2009. The Giants gave up 427 points this season, third-worst in the NFL. The Dolphins also announced yesterday that they hired Mike Nolan to be their defensive coordinator, less than 24 hours after the announcement he was leaving the Denver Broncos after one season.

Seattle names Schneider

The Seattle Seahawks have chosen Green Bay Packers executive John Schneider as their new general manager, according to a person familiar with the hiring. ESPN first reported the deal. Schneider, a 17-year veteran of NFL personnel work, will share those responsibilities with new coach Pete Carroll under Seattle's revamped football operations.- AP

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