Report: Cardinals want to interview Mike Nolan for defensive coordinator


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.

6 responses to “Report: Cardinals want to interview Mike Nolan for defensive coordinator

  1. This is so frustrating as a fan. Why does the NFL constantly recyle failed coaches? The Falcons defense was the only reason the team was bad. Maybe the Rooney rule really needs to be enforced on assistant positions.

  2. The only thing I remember from when this guy was the Ravens d coordinator was that as soon as the Ravens got a two score lead albeit in the first quarter he would go into prevent and stay there regardless of whether the opposing team was moving the ball.

  3. It’s personnel. I remember when the Cards hired Bowles he had just completed a statistically-subpar year as DC with the Eagles. He took what Ray Horton had started and made them better.

    I’d like to think that Mike Nolan (with Dick LeBeau) knows a thing or two about defense. If that’s where Keim and Arians think they need to go, then so be it. They’ll be fine.

  4. Good players make a average coach look good…

    Bad players make an expert coach look bad…

    If Keim and Arians get the right players Nolan supported by LeBeau will be great.

    Go Cards!

    We won’t have to worry much about the Seahawks next year. Their cap space will not be big enough to keep that team together after Russell Wilson becomes the highest paid QB in the league and the Beast gets his new contract.

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