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Broncos suspected tampering, but were happy to let Nolan go

A week after Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan left the team, details are still trickling out regarding the circumstances that led to his 24-hour journey from Denver to Miami.  (Or was it Milan to Minsk?)

Per a league source, the Broncos immediately suspected upon receiving a form requesting permission to interview Nolan for the same job in Miami that the Dolphins had been talking to Nolan, which would be a clear violation of the tampering rules.

But the source says the Broncos didn’t care, because they were ready to part ways with Nolan.  Nolan and coach Josh McDaniels were “too much alike,” the source said, and so they routinely butted heads. 

So, as Jason La Canfora of NFL.com recently reported, the split didn’t occur because McDaniels told Nolan that the Broncos were going to stop blitzing, but because McDaniels and Nolan simply could no longer coexist.  Miami’s attempt to hire Nolan simply provided both sides with an escape route.

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16 Responses to “Broncos suspected tampering, but were happy to let Nolan go”
  1. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jan 25, 2010 1:59 PM

    ok

  2. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jan 25, 2010 2:05 PM

    Per a league source, the Broncos immediately suspected upon receiving a form requesting permission to interview Nolan for the same job in Miami that the Dolphins had been talking to Nolan, which would be a clear violation of the tampering rules.
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    No chance of that ever happening with Nolan’s former boss, good friend and head coach of the ’00 Jets Al Groh having just concluded interviewing in Miami for the same DC position, before accepting the DC position at Ga Tech.
    Again this is nothing more than a Bill Cowher recommending Chan Gailey scenario.
    Say what you will about Bill Parcells long history with Mike Nolan and his father Dick Nolan (RIP). But the facts simply are that Nolan’s former boss and good friend had just interviewed and declined the same position, so he made a recommendation to both Nolan and Miami in being fully disclosed of each sides situation and need…

  3. Hap says: Jan 25, 2010 2:08 PM

    They were worrying about tampering and nothing is being done? It’s time for The NFL league office to step in, either way.

  4. favres_right_tendon says: Jan 25, 2010 2:11 PM

    all the coaches that have left could no longer deal with McDaniels……you would think Bowlen would be able to see who the real problem here is…

  5. North Killadelphia says: Jan 25, 2010 2:36 PM

    Definitely not Milan to Minsk

  6. FireJerryJones says: Jan 25, 2010 2:47 PM

    Parcells tamper?
    Same guy who took the Patriots to the Super Bowl while signing a contract with the NYJ?
    Not a chance….

  7. BroncFanOr says: Jan 25, 2010 3:02 PM

    The only dbags in Denver are those who continue to blame McDaniels for everything and think they know more about football than those who get paid for it.
    You people act like assistant coaches and coordinators don’t leave or get fired every year in the NFL. You act like it’s a rare coincidence that could only be McDaniels fault. Maybe it was all Nolan.
    But again your loyalties don’t lie with the team at all, they lie with Cutler and Shanahan so go root for Chicago and Washington and leave those who support the Broncos to do what they always do, cheer for the team no matter who the coach is.

  8. Uncle Rico says: Jan 25, 2010 3:16 PM

    McDaniels is a complete joke. Not being able to find a way to co-exist with Nolan and hiring his brother to coach the QBs is just another example of his misguided attempt to ram his tyrannical approach into Dove Valley. To join Broncos fans advocating for McDaniels’ termination visit http://www.joshmcdanielssucks.com.

  9. HAILSKINS says: Jan 25, 2010 3:20 PM

    When will people learn that Mike Nolan is not a good Def. Coordinator? Check his track record.

  10. broncosteviep says: Jan 25, 2010 3:22 PM

    I blame McD for his arrogance…no one wants to work for the punk. If you have to tap the CFL to fill coaching vacancies then the word is out how it is to work with/for you.
    The last draft was the worst in the HISTORY of the NFL. Never has team had 3 #1 picks and whiffed as bad as McD and Xanders did. Moreno is a bust..can not pick up the blitz, can not break a tackle, can not move the pile in short yardage, and the next time he makes a tackler miss will be the first time he has made a tackler miss. Ayers had 15 tackles the ENTIRE YEAR! Zero sacks, Zero Int’s, and Zero forced fumbles. A first rounder? OMG not even a 7th rounder. Alphonso Smith? Wow…can anyone say Willie Middlebrooks? and we gave up 2 3rd rounders for Richard Quinn…who did absoluetly nothing all year.

  11. FinFan says: Jan 25, 2010 3:31 PM

    I’m sure McD’s pointing fingers at Nolan. But I would gather McD is just a clown to work with.

  12. this class sucks says: Jan 25, 2010 3:36 PM

    @BroncoFanOR
    So to be a “real fan” you can’t find fault with your head coaches? I am a Niners fan and I often said Mike Nolan was a joke and didn’t know what he was doing, am I not a real fan? Real fans want their teams to win no matter what and when they see a Super Bowl winning coach and a franchise QB driven out of town they often get upset. Your loyalty should always be with the team not the coach. If he does something stupid (McDaniels often does) don’t defend because you don’t want it to be true.

  13. BroncFanOr says: Jan 25, 2010 4:25 PM

    I never said you couldn’t question a coach. My issue is with those who blame the coach for EVERYTHING out of blind hatred. As for Cutler he drove himself out of Denver. With the majority of these “fans” it doesn’t matter what is said or done it’s automatically on McDaniels. Nolan could have come out and said he quit because he wanted to work in Miami (which appears to be the case) and somehow it’s McDaniels fault. Assistant coaches leave for promotions like they do all over the NFL and it’s McDaniels fault. Being intelligently critical is one thing being a blanket hater is another.

  14. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Jan 26, 2010 10:01 AM

    BroncFanOr says:
    January 25, 2010 3:02 PM
    The only dbags in Denver are those who continue to blame McDaniels for everything and think they know more about football than those who get paid for it.
    You people act like assistant coaches and coordinators don’t leave or get fired every year in the NFL. You act like it’s a rare coincidence that could only be McDaniels fault. Maybe it was all Nolan.
    But again your loyalties don’t lie with the team at all, they lie with Cutler and Shanahan so go root for Chicago and Washington and leave those who support the Broncos to do what they always do, cheer for the team no matter who the coach is.
    —————————
    The story of most Denver fans.
    Ironically they’re more happy going 8-8 and now where with Shanahan than improving with McDaniels.
    Exibta A below.
    “broncosteviep
    The last draft was the worst in the HISTORY of the NFL. Never has team had 3 #1 picks and whiffed as bad as McD and Xanders did.”
    Yeah Moreno is a bust? What a re-tard. The kid had no offensive line in the backend of the season but almost racked up 1,000 yards, chill out give him another season. Robert Ayers is a project and wasn’t supposed to show much production this year. Alphonso Smith is a corner… and usually rookie corners don’t see much playing time.
    Of course you don’t mention picks like Darcel McBath who was playing great and had three picks before his untimely injury or David Bruton who was a special teams monster all year long.
    Get your facts straight man and stop acting like the sky is falling in Denver.
    At least your team has actually had winning seasons since they last went to the Super Bowl.

  15. broncosteviep says: Jan 26, 2010 12:25 PM

    Yeah Moreno is a bust? What a re-tard. The kid had no offensive line in the backend of the season but almost racked up 1,000 yards, chill out give him another season. Robert Ayers is a project and wasn’t supposed to show much production this year. Alphonso Smith is a corner… and usually rookie corners don’t see much playing time.
    See when you post stuff like this you REALLY need to take off the homer glasses. If the OLine was so bad then why did Buckhalter average 1.5 more yards per carry? Explain that one smart guy. You DO NOT DRAFT PLAYERS IN THE FIRST ROUND TO BE “PROJECTS!” Where did you go to school? Or did you? Usually rookie corners don’t see much playing time? Where is that written? The Dolphins started 2 rookie corners this year…Smith couldn’t even hold down the nickle corner job. We signed Ty Law because Smith is/was so bad. Do you even watch the games?
    McBath? Really? Bruton? REALLY? Special teamers? Wow, with Bronco fans like you we will never win anything. You really should be a Browns fan.

  16. Al Davis' 40 Time says: Jan 28, 2010 12:13 PM

    broncosteviep,
    See when you post stuff like this you REALLY need to take off the homer glasses. If the OLine was so bad then why did Buckhalter average 1.5 more yards per carry? Explain that one smart guy. You DO NOT DRAFT PLAYERS IN THE FIRST ROUND TO BE “PROJECTS!” Where did you go to school? Or did you? Usually rookie corners don’t see much playing time? Where is that written? The Dolphins started 2 rookie corners this year…Smith couldn’t even hold down the nickle corner job. We signed Ty Law because Smith is/was so bad. Do you even watch the games?
    ———
    Easy Tiger… guess I hit a soft spot.
    I watch the games and read the articles, you must not. I am a Raiders fan… hence the name and hence what I said about my team in the last post.
    I follow a lot of teams and especially all the teams in the AFC West. You draft players in the first round it’s great to see instant production, however that is not always the case. Robert Ayers was drafted to be a project that’s been stated by the personnel.
    USUALLY rookie corners do not see much time, don’t be an asshole because you can name a few times where it did. If you went to school add up the amount of games where two rookie corners started at number 1 and number 2 due to no injury at all (Will Allen was injured), then divide it by the number of times it hasn’t happened, and then multiply it by 100. That’s called a percentage, which people actually use to help get a clear idea of a situation, which you obviously do not have.
    “If the OLine was so bad then why did Buckhalter average 1.5 more yards per carry?” Are you serious? Perhaps it was Ben Hamilton’s complete drop off, Ross Hochstein’s incometence, Chris Kuper’s off year, and Tyler Polumbus’s inability to do anything. Also blame Orton for being extremely poor at the deep game, therefore letting the safeties cheat.
    Are you really going to complain about McBath and Bruton? Bruton is a fourth rounder that has shown to be excellent as a special teamer and great for depth just like the Giants’ Zack DeOzzie.
    Darcel McBath was taking away a considerable amount of play time away from Renaldo Hill before his broken arm. He picked off Peyton Manning only a few minutes before his injury.
    Please man you just want to find anything to complain about. Don’t call me a homer because I can’t stand the mismanagement of my own team. I can’t stand the drafting and I can’t stand the senial babbling.

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