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The Atlanta Falcons hired former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator on Wednesday, hoping he can toughen up a unit that has rarely ranked among the NFL elite.
Nolan spent the last two seasons as Miami's defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he served four years as the 49ers head coach, following in the footsteps of his father.
In all, Nolan has been an NFL coordinator for 14 years. He takes over in Atlanta for Brian VanGorder, who returned to the college ranks to take the same position at Auburn.
The Falcons will have two new coordinators next season. Dirk Koetter was hired Sunday to run the offense after Mike Mularkey left to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In another move toward revamping the staff for 2012, head coach Mike Smith announced that offensive line coach Paul Boudreau has been let go. The Falcons line struggled this season, most notably in an ugly 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in the opening round of the playoffs - a g...
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. If his pedigree is any indication, then Falcons fans might see more of a dynamic offense with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter calling the shots.
He was on the same staff with Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid in three different places. He worked at Oregon under Mike Bellotti, where he was on the same staff with current Boise State coach Chris Peterson...
Earlier today our newest addition to the coaching staff Dirk Koetter spoke with the Atlanta media for the first time. He talked about how his style will affect the Falcons and how the Falcons style will impact him.
Here are some of the highlights from the interview:-
Koetter : “I’m thrilled. This is a chance for me to work inside a great organization with a tremendous coaching...
The Falcons' offseason makeover is underway.
Both coordinators and two position coaches have moved on since the team was eliminated from the playoffs by the New York Giants on Jan. 8.
Mike Mularkey took the head coaching job at Jacksonville and took quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski along as his offensive coordinator. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder returned to the college...
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New Falcons OC (AP)
Well, the Atlanta Falcons have their new offensive coordinator. Several names were mentioned early last week that included Brian Schottenheimer, Brian Billick, Tom Clements, and Dirk Koettner. At the press conference, Thomas Dimitroff went out of his way to say they were under no deadline to hire the new coordinators. Early Sunday morning...
Completing an unusual swap of offensive coordinators, the Falcons hired Dirk Koetter from Jacksonville to replace Mike Mularkey only four days after the Jaguars introduced Mularkey as their new coach. The Falcons announced the hire Sunday. ESPN first reported the move.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have hired former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator.
Nolan spent the last two seasons as Miami's defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he served four years as the 49ers head coach.
In all, Nolan has been an NFL coordinator for 14 years. He takes over in Atlanta for Brian VanGorder, who returned to the college ranks...
With Brian Schottenheimer and Dirk Koetter opting to remain at the NFL level, Alabama has decided to pluck its new offensive coordinator from the collegiate ranks. According to Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network, Doug Nussmeier will become the Tide’s new coordinator. The hiring, if it comes to fruition, comes a few days after…