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Eagles interest in Mike Nolan the latest in Falcons flight

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The Mike Smith tree, or the Thomas Dimitroff tree, doesn’t have the same kind of ring to it.

But no teams has been or is being picked over more heavily than the Falcons’ right now.

Along with previously reported interviews for offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter (Chiefs, Eagles, Browns) and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong (Chiefs and Bears), the Falcons were also asked to talk to defensive coordinator Mike Nolan by the Eagles, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

This is after the Jaguars already got an interview in with David Caldwell, their director of player personnel, for their vacant general manager job.

Losing parts is nothing new for the Falcons.

After the 2010 season, quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave jumped to Minnesota to be offensive coordinator.

Last offseason was more active, with former director of player personnel Les Snead hired to be the Rams GM, and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey became the Jaguars head coach, taking quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski with him as offensive coordinator.

“Per league rules, this is the window for teams that have a bye week where assistant coaches can interview,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I will say this, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on any other team’s head coaching search. I feel like that we’ve got a number of guys on our staff that would be outstanding head coaches and per league rules if someone called and asked permission we would grant it because we’d have to.”

Any coach has a selfish interest in keeping a staff together and focused, but the Falcons now have an up-and-out culture because they keep filling jobs with smart people others will want, one which serves them well.

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13 Responses to “Eagles interest in Mike Nolan the latest in Falcons flight”
  1. roddytorock84 says: Jan 1, 2013 9:40 AM

    I really hope mike Nolan doesn’t leave. Especially to go to the eagles.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 1, 2013 9:57 AM

    The league has to change the rules. It’s not fair to the players, other coaches, fans or owners for asst coaches to do interviews while their team is still in the hunt. Honor your contract and hold off all interviews until after the superbowl.

  3. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    As a Steelers fan, we lol at the rest of you.

  4. jasonculhane says: Jan 1, 2013 10:01 AM

    When will people learn that great defensive coaches suck as offensive coaches. Ron Rivera, Romeo Crennel, Rex Ryan, Dom Capers, Herm Edwards, Rod Merinelli, MIKE NOLAN, Dave Wanstedt, Mike Singletary, seriously when will owners learn that there is no tradition when it comes to finding a great coach that makes great decisions.

    Besides being a good defensive coordinator what the hell has Mike done to justify another position as head coach? 49ers were terrible and he got nothing outta Vernon Davis and Alex Smith in those days…Hmm, makes ya wonder.

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 1, 2013 10:34 AM

    there was a huge round of applause in the northern california area when mike nolan got fired as head coach of the 49ers

  6. mercyflush says: Jan 1, 2013 10:35 AM

    Bill Belichek. Bill Parcells. Mike Tomlin. Tony Dungy. Bill Cowher. John Fox. that is just off the top of my head. All were D coordinators.

  7. drawablank101 says: Jan 1, 2013 11:09 AM

    Great Defensive Co-Ordinator. Bad Head Coach.

    Have teams learnt nothing from Wade Phillips?

  8. xofootballer says: Jan 1, 2013 12:39 PM

    Every year Atlanta plays the playoffs like their coordinators spent more time interviewing for other coaching positions rather than preparing for a playoff game.
    Looks like another playoff loss.

  9. seenoland54 says: Jan 1, 2013 2:50 PM

    That’s a good observation! When the Falcons make the playoffs the other teams rush in to pick up coaches and it looks an awful lot like those coaches are working hard on their interview answers rather than working on a winning game plan.

  10. tatum064 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:46 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jan 1, 2013 9:58 AM
    As a Steelers fan, we lol at the rest of you.

    =============

    Enjoy the playoffs from your couch.

    One of our 4 wins came against the Steelers in Oakland.

    PRICELESS.

  11. dzor22 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:48 PM

    If the falcons suck so bad…why are all these teams interested in their coaches?

  12. xofootballer says: Jan 1, 2013 4:46 PM

    right?! anyone who has interviewed for a big job knows how much it takes out of you. Preparation – its all you think about. Scenarios, what will be asked, what are they looking for – Kills me as a Falcon fan to see them off interviewing.

    Quote: – That’s a good observation! When the Falcons make the playoffs the other teams rush in to pick up coaches and it looks an awful lot like those coaches are working hard on their interview answers rather than working on a winning game plan.

  13. wreckn123 says: Jan 2, 2013 5:47 PM

    If Mike Nolan becomes head coach in Philly what if he trades to get Alex Smith what a reunion!

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