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AFTER SEVERAL years of the Wildcat, the Dolphins are once again undergoing an overhaul to their offense. Sherman (above) and Philbin, who had great success with Aaron Rodgers as the coordinator in Green Bay, bring a thick and varied playbook to Miami. The question is, Will any quarterback be able to run it? Whether David Garrard or Matt Moore or Ryan Tannehill ends up behind center, it is difficult to see Miami making much noise offensively. The one exception could be Reggie Bush, who proved in 2011 that he can be a factor whether carrying the ball or catching it out of the backfield.
JOSH MCDANIELS COORDINATOR
SAY WHAT you will about McDaniels's stormy 28-game tenure as coach in Denver, but his reputation as a coordinator remains strong. McDaniels, who rejoined the Patriots at the end of the 2011 season, takes over a thriving offense with a plethora of weapons, notably a pair of tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez) who will continue to light up the scoreboard. Quarterback Tom Brady turned in some of his most prolific seasons under McDaniels, and they will easily mesh once again. It's possible the Patriots' offense will be even more dangerous than it was a year ago.
JOE VITT INTERIM COACH
PETE CARMICHAEL COORDINATOR
THE SAINTS' bounty scandal will make continuity difficult but not impossible. Vitt and Carmichael (above) are longtime Sean Payton lieutenants and know most, if not all, of the intricacies of the New Orleans system. The Saints will use the suspensions handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell as a rallying point. Drew Brees is still a must-have quarterback capable of a 5,000-yard passing season; tight end Jimmy Graham is still getting better; and with Robert Meachem having departed, wideout Marques Colston could be even more productive. Bounty be damned, scoop up all the Saints you can.