Arizona Cardinals could be focused on Mike Nolan for DC
By Scott Allen
Reports on Monday indicated there was interest in Nolan from the Arizona Cardinals
It wasn’t a knock you off your seat kind of news but the Arizona Cardinals were back in the news Monday with reports surfacing that they may be interested in Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan for the same position. The thought does come with some mixed reaction.
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My feelings on the subject are neutral. The Falcons weren’t exactly the beacon of defensive excellence in 2014. The Falcons were dead last in the NFL in yards given up per game. They gave up 398 yards per game this past season.
Nolan does have a long resume. He’s been defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, and Washington Redskins. The Giants was his first coordinator job in 1993. He was also the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2008.
The fact that he’s moved around so much the past 20 years is concerning on a certain level. However the fact coaches want to keep hiring him also says something to me. Maybe it’s all about personnel and not all on the coach? Many stops have only been two or three seasons. His stop with Denver as coordinator was for 2009 only however he was an assistant with the Broncos from 1987-1992.
Like I said though, not everyone has been impressed with the job he has done.
There was also a report this morning that Nolan would come to Arizona but not as the defensive coordinator but in some other capacity on defense. Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic indicated that the Cardinals could be looking in-house for the defensive coordinator position.
Whatever the case is, it sounds like the Cardinals want to speak with Nolan. So many rumors and reports though so it is difficult to make heads or tails on who the Cardinals like for what. I suspect it could be a couple of more weeks until after the Super Bowl until we get this solidified.