Saban is mastering the turnaround process

Dillon, Dennis
January 2006
Sporting News;1/20/2006, Vol. 230 Issue 3, p36
The article focuses on the football team Miami Dolphins. Under first-year coach Nick Saban, Miami made a five-game improvement over its 2004 record--only Chicago and Tampa Bay did better--and carved out its longest winning streak since starting 6-0 in 1992. The Dolphins climbed from 29th in the league in total offense in 2004 to 14th in 2005, raised their sacks total from 36 to 49 and reduced their turnovers from 42 to 30. In his first year with Miami, savvy assistant Hudson Houck molded a pedestrian line into a unit that cut its sacks allowed total from 52 in 2004 to 26 and helped the rushing offense improve from 31st in the league to 12th. INSET: Steel City is a safe harbor amid a coaching sea change.


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