The Falcons ranked near the bottom of the league in both points and yards allowed during the 2013 regular season, but those results will not cost defensive coordinator Mike Nolan his job.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported late Sunday that Nolan will return to the Falcons next year after the team extended his contract. Others covering the Falcons are reporting the same with D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting via Nolan’s agent Bob Lamonte that it is a two-year deal.
This was Nolan’s second season with the Falcons and he was forced to play a lot of inexperienced players because of injuries and departures of veterans from last year’s team. Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu, a pair of undrafted rookies, wound up as starting linebackers and having to go so young likely limited some of what Nolan could do with the unit this season.
The Falcons obviously aren’t holding that against him and will try to get things back on a winning track this offseason without making a drastic change at the top of the defense.