Despite coaching the NFL’s worst defense for the Falcons in 2014, Mike Nolan is still a hot target for NFL coaching jobs.
READ MORE:Patriots going to Superbowl – New England Patriots beat Colts 45-7 to head to 8th Superbowl Seahawks Brandon Bostick – Seattle Seahawks go to Superbowl after Packers TE Bostick drops onside kick Richard Sherman injures arm – Seahawks CB Sherman injures arm, will get MRI
The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly looking into long-time defensive coach Mike Nolan to serve as their new defensive coordinator.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Monday morning that the Cardinals are looking into Nolan taking over the vacant defensive coordinator position that was vacated when former coach Todd Bowles left to become the head coach of the New York Jets.
It will be a rather curious move given that Nolan is coming off one of his worst pieces of work in his career. He just finished his third year as the Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator and the results were not promising. 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.
In fact, despite serving as defensive coordinator for over 20 years on seven different teams, his teams have only finished with a top 10 defense nine times, while finishing with a bottom 10 defense eight times. Nonetheless, the Cardinals have a much better collection of defensive personnel than the Falcons have at the moment, so Nolan would most likely not be hindered by the lack of talent that caused the Falcons defense to struggle in the 2014.