After Todd Bowles left his post as Cardinals defensive coordinator to become the head coach of the Jets, word was that the Cardinals wanted to promote a current assistant to take over the position with longtime Steelers coordinator Dick LeBeau serving on the staff in a “senior position.”
It looks like they will be considering other options as well. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Cardinals want to interview Mike Nolan about the job.
Nolan just finished his third year running the Falcons defense and it wasn’t the strongest endorsement of his work. The Falcons allowed the most yards per game, yards per play, passing yards per game and rushing touchdowns this season while allowing opponents to convert a higher percentage of third downs than any other team.
The Cardinals have more talent on defense than the Falcons and Arizona would presumably be hoping that Nolan’s work with a better group of players would more closely resemble the work he’s done elsewhere during a long career as an NFL defensive coordinator.