Upstart coaches have Ravens, Dolphins ahead of schedule

After the dust settled Sunday, these are the 10 burning questions for the AFC playoffs, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: December 28, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Fresh blood always seems to creep into the NFL playoffs. In the AFC, two first-year coaches shocked everyone, and it's guaranteed that one first-year coach will be in the conference's final four.

Tony Sparano turned a 1-15 Dolphins team into an 11-5 winner of the AFC East, sealing his incredible story with a 24-17 victory over the Jets on Sunday in the Meadowlands. The Ravens' John Harbaugh, a special-teams coach two years ago and a linebackers coach for the Eagles last season, ...

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