Falcons DC Mike Nolan up first
As Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie reluctantly said goodbye to his long-time head coach, Andy Reid, on Black Monday, he announced his version of the Big-Three in the search for this franchise’s next sideline leader. Lurie, GM Howie Roseman and inexplicably, former team CFO, turned-President, Don Smolenski, will join forces to select the Eagles next “perfect coach.”
According to FoxSports.com senior writer Jay Glazer, leading-off the search is Falcons defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan. The Eagles will interview Nolan in Atlanta on Friday while the Falcons enjoy their playoff first-round bye after finishing 13-3. The Falcons forced 35 turnovers and yielded just 18.7 points per game this season.
Nolan, 53, has previous NFL head coaching experience with San Francisco from 2005-2008, but went a disappointing 18-37. He also acted as GM, drafting some of the franchise’s premier players during his tenure. He took quarterback Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers, but did bring in running back Frank Gore, linebacker Patrick Willis and tight end Vernon Davis. Nolan has been defensive coordinator in both the 3-4 and 4-3 alignments and his defenses have flourished. Nolan has 25 years of NFL experience who certainly will get another shot as a head coach in this league due to his success in turning around the Falcons soft defense from 2011.
Glazer also suggests that the Eagles will go for the hat trick while in Atlanta and also interview offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.
So let the search begin as the three-headed monster kicks things off Friday in a defensive frame of mind.
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