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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:05:45 -0700
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has received a vote of confidence from head coach Mike Smith even though the defense ranks 29th or worse in passing yards allowed per play (8.37), total yards allowed per game (429.9), sacks per pass attempt (2.27 percent) and points allowed per game (28.3).
Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:18:58 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons signed defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to a contract extension Sunday, Dec. 29. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:46:03 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will return to the team next season.
Sun, 06 Jan 2013 20:53:27 -0800
After being spurned by University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, the Philadelphia Eagles do not have a clear-cut favorite for their head coaching vacancy. The team wanted an offensive mind to re-energize their franchise. They have interviewed Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden are on the team's "to-do" list.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:14:38 -0800
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan could be a possibility as the Philadelphia Eagles' next defensive coordinator. Nolan, who has schemed defenses for both 4-3 and 3-4 teams, may want to break away from Falcons head coach Mike Smith.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:57:53 -0800
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Laurie, general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski are flying to Atlanta Wednesday, Jan. 2; to interview Atlanta Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan for their vacant head coach job.
Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:34:16 -0800
The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan Friday, January 4.
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:00:32 -0700
Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said he believes LB Sean Weatherspoon has plenty of room for improvement heading into the 2012 season. "He's a good player now, but he could be a lot better than he is," Nolan said. "And he will be. No question, because he loves football and he's exciting to watch and he's a playmaker, for all those reasons. But he's done well, but he can still do a lot better. I'm not just saying that because that's the blanket statement for people, but as I'm watching him, he's got a lot of upside, so as much good as you've seen, he's got a lot of good in there going forward."
Wed, 09 May 2012 07:01:02 -0700
Atlanta Falcons weakside LB Sean Weatherspoon's role will expand this season under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. "I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing all of the time," Weatherspoon said. "I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge. I think I'm ready for that, to do a little bit more and step out there and do some different things. I look forward to the challenge. I think it's going to be fun." Weatherspoon had a breakout campaign in 2011, finishing with 127 tackles, four sacks, one fumble recovery, one fumble recovery, eight passes defensed and led the team with 14 tackles for losses.
Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:31:11 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons named Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:09:18 -0800
The New Orleans Saints could show interest in former St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo and Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan for their defensive coordinator position if current defensive coordinator Gregg Williams leaves for another job.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:32:48 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons could show interest in Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan for their vacant defensive coordinator position.
Sat, 29 May 2010 04:22:37 -0700
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said he wants his unit to have an aggressive mentality this upcoming season, according to Jeff Darlington, of the Miami Herald. "I would like to think we're offensive - not defensive,'' Nolan said. Nolan doesn't want his players protecting their end of the football field, which requires a defensive mentality. He wants big plays and suffocating pressure from all areas of the field. "On defense, when Mike talks about being offensive, he talks about setting the pace and dictating to the offense more as opposed to the other way around,'' head coach Tony Sparano said. "So becoming offensive on defense is something that our kids are learning right now."
Tue, 02 Feb 2010 07:37:12 -0800
Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports Denver Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil was not thrilled to see former defensive coordinator Mike Nolan leave for the Miami Dolphins this offseason. Dumervil credited Nolan for his stellar 2009 campaign. "It was great playing with him," Dumervil said. "I only got to play with him one year, but I had fun, I probably had one of my best years. I felt I was productive throughout my career before Nolan, but being able to move to linebacker enhanced my durability and allowed me to be more effective down the stretch."
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:27:44 -0800
Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Miami Dolphins hired free-agent defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (Broncos) as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 08:29:27 -0800
Updating a previous item, ESPN.com reports the Miami Dolphins are close to an agreement with Mike Nolan to become their new defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.
Tue, 19 Jan 2010 07:24:15 -0800
Mike Klis, of The Denver Post, reports the Miami Dolphins will interview Mike Nolan this week for their vacant defensive coordinator job.
Mon, 18 Jan 2010 16:00:21 -0800
Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Miami Dolphins plan to interview former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan for their defensive coordinator position.
Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:59:41 -0800
FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reports Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has agreed to "mutually part ways" with the team.
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 10:07:19 -0800
Mark Gaughan, of The Buffalo News, reports the Buffalo Bills could have interest in several assistant coaches in the NFL to interview for their head coaching position after the season. Among the possible candidates are Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach Todd Bowles, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson.
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:53:18 -0800
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports the Denver Broncos may start using a 3-4 defense if the team hires former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan or New England Patriots special assistant/secondary coach Dom Capers as their new defensive coordinator.
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:46:22 -0700
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said during his press conference Monday, Oct. 20, that the team has not made a change at quarterback. QB J.T. O'Sullivan will remain the team's starter, but he needs to do a better job holding on to the ball.
Sun, 19 Oct 2008 19:17:21 -0700
John Crumpacker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said he will go over game tape to determine if QB J.T. O'Sullivan should remain the team's starting quarterback. Nolan described O'Sullivan's play during Week 7 as "disappointing." O'Sullivan hit 16 of 28 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. He was also sacked six times and fumbled four times, but lost just one of them.
Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:59:36 -0700
Daniel Brown, of The Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan denies criticizing QB Alex D. Smith in a SI.com interview. Nolan was quoted as saying of QB J.T. O'Sullivan, "Thus far J.T.'s been better than the other two (Smith and Shaun Hill), and there hasn't really been much of a gray area. His play's been better at the position than what we've had at any point in the last three years.'' Nolan said he was referring to the general quarterback play and not specifically O'Sullivan.
Wed, 06 Aug 2008 12:59:08 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said the team has decided who will start the team's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8, but would not say who it was. Nolan said he expects all three quarterbacks to play with the starter receiving 12 to 15 plays and the No. 2 and No. 3 QBs to play the rest of the game.
Tue, 10 Jun 2008 13:49:26 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said he has not talked with unrestricted free-agent OG Larry Allen (49ers) and it appears Allen will retire.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 14:11:13 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said the team will hold 12 organized team activities.
Thu, 08 May 2008 11:42:00 -0700
Larry Weisman, of USA Today, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said he was excited about QB J.T. O'Sullivan competing for the starting quarterback position.
Mon, 07 Apr 2008 11:43:38 -0700
Chrissy Mauck, of 49ers.com, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said the team will take the best player available with their picks in the first two rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft. Nolan did rule out the possibility of the team selecting a running back or a quarterback in the first two rounds. He stressed that offensive line, defensive line, linebacker and cornerback were possibilities, but offensive line and linebacker are the team's most pressing needs in the draft.
Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:35:19 -0700
Matthew Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan is in favor of putting headsets into the helmets of the defensive players.
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 16:58:42 -0800
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said at the Senior Bowl the team would look to draft a big, bruising running back in the 2008 NFL Draft. The bigger back would be used to take some of the load off of RB Frank Gore next season.
Wed, 02 Jan 2008 11:10:37 -0800
Updating previous reports, Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will return to the team for the 2008 season.
Sun, 30 Dec 2007 19:01:42 -0800
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers owner John York did not say after the team's Week 17 game if head coach Mike Nolan will be back for the 2008 season. York plans to meet with Nolan before making a decision.
Fri, 23 Nov 2007 07:43:54 -0800
Matthew Barrows, of the Sacramento Bee, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan could have his duties in personnel matters taken away from him in the offseason. Nolan currently has the final say on all football personnel decisions, but team ownership reportedly wants to bring in a new general manager and keep Nolan focused on being the team's head coach.
Mon, 12 Nov 2007 09:57:54 -0800
The Associated Press reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will coach in the team's Week 10 game. Nolan's father, Dick, died Sunday, Nov. 11, at the age of 75 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer.
Sun, 11 Nov 2007 19:39:09 -0800
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports former NFL head coach Dick Nolan, father of San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, passed away Sunday, Nov. 11, according to a team spokesman. KFFL sends its condolences to coach Nolan and his family.
Sat, 10 Nov 2007 19:34:28 -0800
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan missed the team's practice Saturday, Nov. 10, for family reasons. Assistant head coach Mike Singletary again ran practice.
Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:49:09 -0800
Matt Maiocco, of The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan was not at practice Friday, Nov. 9, because of family reasons. He is expected to attend practice Saturday, Nov. 10.
Tue, 23 Oct 2007 19:35:21 -0700
Greg Beachem, of the Associated Press, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan appears disappointed over RB Frank Gore's comments that some players don't trust offensive coordinator Jim Hostler. Nolan said, "Sure, I'd like to see guys stick together just a little bit more, no question. But I also recognize the frustrations that competitors have. ... I believe when he says that, we're all looking for answers. Some people are pointing fingers, and some people are doing it internally by themselves, and some people are doing both."
Tue, 02 Oct 2007 12:06:17 -0700
John Crumpacker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said he will consider signing another tight end due to injuries to TE Vernon Davis (knee) and TE Billy Bajema (ankle).
Mon, 13 Aug 2007 13:36:38 -0700
John Crumpacker, of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said that his offensive and defensive starters will only play 15 plays or the entire first quarter, whichever comes first, in the team's preseason game Monday, Aug. 13.
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 16:57:13 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers WR Marcus Maxwell made a good impression with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europa. Maxwell caught 32 passes for 499 yards and seven touchdowns. He lead the league in receiving touchdowns. Head coach Mike Nolan said, "He makes plays in practice. But in our games, our preseason games, he didn't make as many plays. He's got to transfer it from practice into the games."
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 14:03:02 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan will be allowed to wear a suit during every home game this season, according to Brian McCarthy, the NFL's director of corporate communications.
Thu, 07 Jun 2007 19:49:45 -0700
Chrissy Mauck, of SF49ers.com, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan said he is not sure how many defensive linemen he will keep for the 2007 season, but said it will at least be five. "You need to have five for sure going into a game, so minimum five, but if you've got a good player, you'll have six, or you'll have seven. If you've got good players on your roster, you keep them. You don't just cut somebody because there are guys who leave the next year and you want to keep good players."
Mon, 04 Jun 2007 21:48:01 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan continues to push Reebok on the issue of wearing a suit on the sideline. Reebok gave Nolan permission to wear the suit on the sideline for two games, but Nolan wants to be able to wear the suit for every game.
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:23:36 -0700
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan wants to acquire an impact wide receiver and continue to improve the defense through the 2007 NFL Draft.
Wed, 04 Apr 2007 19:19:18 -0700
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan is planning to keep RB Frank Gore fresh throughout the 2007 season. Nolan said he hopes Gore will touch the ball fewer than his 312 carries in 2006. "It would be nice to get somebody in there who could take some of the load. There's a lot of wear and tear on a running back who runs like he does. He doesn't shy away from too much and he's not a huge guy, although he's stocky and sturdy. He takes a lot of punishment."
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 07:44:35 -0700
ESPN.com reports San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan would like to see the National Football League adopt a new pass interference rule that allows officials some leeway in handing out punishment. Nolan's plan would enable officials to determine whether a penalty should result in a 15-yard infraction or a spot of the foul penalty. Nolan believes offensive coaches around the league currently call plays with the purpose of drawing a penalty. "You'll see them drop back and throw it vertical," Nolan said. "They'll overthrow the play; they just want the penalty." The current rules state that a defensive pass interference penalty rewards the offense with the ball at the spot of the foul or at the one yard line if the infraction occurs in the end zone.
Sun, 11 Mar 2007 12:11:49 -0700
Dennis Georgatos, of the San Jose Mercury News, reporting for the Sporting News, reports the San Francisco 49ers plan to use a 3-4 scheme in 2007, which is favored by head coach Mike Nolan. In the past two years, the team played mostly 4-3 because it kept getting set back by injuries, depth issues, and the lack of a wide-bodied nose tackle.
Tue, 06 Feb 2007 05:49:42 -0800
Matt Maiocco, of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, reports the San Francisco 49ers are still awaiting official word from DL Bryant Young on his plans for next season. Young is believed to be contemplating a return for another season. Young, who is expected to have a reduced role next season, would likely have to play at a reduced salary in 2007, as he has earned $4.25 million or more in each of the past six seasons. "I got a positive read after the season that he was excited about coming back," head coach Mike Nolan said. "Now his role would have to change and he understands that. It would've been different this past year, but we had no depth. It was difficult. He takes more reps than I would like for him to take right now, but that's the best we got."