Mike Nolan

Date of birth March 07 1959 (1959-03-07) (age 61)
Place of birth Baltimore, Maryland
No. N/A
Position Defensive Coordinator
College Oregon
Career highlights
Coaching Record / Statistics
Regular season 18–37–0
Postseason 0-0
Career coaching record 18–37–0
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career player statistics (if any)
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Team(s) as a player (if any)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator (if any)
1981

1982–1983

1984

1985–1986

1987–1992

1993–1996

1997–1999

2000

2001–2004


2005–2008

2009

2010-2011

2012-present
University of Oregon
(graduate assistant)
Stanford University
(linebackers coach)
Rice University
(defensive line coach)
Louisiana State University
(linebackers coach)
Denver Broncos
(linebackers coach)
New York Giants
(defensive coordinator)
Washington Redskins
(defensive coordinator)
New York Jets
(defensive coordinator)
Baltimore Ravens
(wide receivers coach (2001), defensive coordinator)
San Francisco 49ers
(head coach)
Denver Broncos
(defensive coordinator)
Miami Dolphins
(defensive coordinator)
Atlanta Falcons
(defensive coordinator)

Mike Nolan (born March 7, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American football coach and the current defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. He was formerly head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, and the Miami Dolphins.[1]

College years[edit | edit source]

Nolan attended the University of Oregon and was a three-year letterman in football and starter at safety.

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

He has coached at the collegiate level at Stanford University, Rice University, and LSU before moving on to the National Football League.

The son of former San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints head coach, Dick Nolan, he signed with the 49ers in 2005 to be head coach, following in his father's footsteps. Nolan joined San Francisco after establishing himself as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, a position he held with three other teams: New York Jets (2000), Washington Redskins (1997–99), and New York Giants (1993–96).

Nolan and the 49ers selected Alex Smith with the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Nolan thought Smith to be cerebral, introspective, and non-confrontational. Nolan also evaluated Aaron Rodgers but did not believe that Rodgers' attitude could co-exist with him.[2] Nolan finished the 2005 season with a 4–12 record. Nolan led a late season run and the 49ers improved in 2006 to 7–9. That led to expectations for the 2007 season, which included at least 9 wins and a playoff appearance. The season started well at 2–0, but an 8 game losing streak ended all hope of a playoff run. Nolan had been under intense scrutiny in the Bay Area. After the season, Nolan lost his general manager position and on October 20, 2008, Nolan was fired and replaced by his assistant head coach Mike Singletary.

In early 2009 Mike Nolan became the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos under Josh McDaniels. With a new 3-4 defense the Denver Broncos gave up the fewest points in the NFL (66) during the first six games of the season, and made their way to their first 6-0 start since the 1998 season in which they won Super Bowl XXXIII. The Broncos went 2 and 8 the rest of the way, and missed the playoffs. On January 18, 2010 Mike Nolan and Josh McDaniels mutually decided Nolan would resign as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.[1]

On January 19, 2010, Nolan was hired by the Miami Dolphins as Defensive Coordinator.[3]

Suit issue[edit | edit source]

Following his hiring by the 49ers, Nolan asked the NFL for permission to wear a suit and tie on the sidelines as a tribute to his father. The league initially denied Nolan's request because of the contract it has with Reebok for its coaches to wear team-logo attire, a ruling that was changed during Nolan's second season as coach. In the new NFL policy, coaches were allowed to wear a full suit for only two home games per season. The suits were designed, marketed and labeled under the Reebok corporation. Nolan debuted the suit in a game at home against the Seattle Seahawks on November 19, 2006. A day later, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio sported another Reebok suit on Monday Night Football. Both coaches won their weekend games.

After further lobbying by Nolan, the NFL and Reebok reached an agreement to allow suits to be worn at all home games in the 2007 season.[4]

Radio show[edit | edit source]

During football season, Mike Nolan came on with Murph & Mac every Tuesday at 8:00 AM on KNBR. He also came on other shows occasionally.

Coaching tree[edit | edit source]

Mike Nolan has been linked to more than one coaching tree. He was a defensive coordinator for Brian Billick (who is part of the Sid Gillman/Bill Walsh coaching tree), Al Groh (who is part of the Bill Parcells coaching tree), and Norv Turner (part of the Jimmy Johnson tree). However, Nolan is most directly related to Dan Reeves. Reeves brought Nolan with him from Denver (where he was linebackers coach) to be the New York Giants defensive coordinator in 1993. Nolan excelled at the position and his success served as a springboard for later success with other teams.

NFL Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SF 2005 4 12 0 .250 4th in NFC West - - - -
SF 2006 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC West -
SF 2007 5 11 0 .313 3rd in NFC West -
SF 2008 2 5 0 .286 Fired mid-season - - - -
SF Total 18 37 0 .327
Total[5] 18 37 0 .327

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Married (to Kathy Nolan) with four children, and a devout Roman Catholic.[6] His sons are sometimes seen on the sidelines. He has three brothers and two sisters.

Attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose.

Mike Nolan's father, former 49ers coach Dick Nolan, died at age 75 on November 11, 2007, just a day before Mike's 49ers were to take on the Seattle Seahawks. Nolan decided to coach the Monday Night Football game in honor of his dad, but was not able to get the win.

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