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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Name Mike Nolan Defensive Coordinator

With the news coming down yesterday that Jason Garrett was out as head coach of the , the is making quick work to assemble their staff for the . After it was reported earlier today that former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was named the Cowboys next head coach, they've filled another spot on the staff. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys will hire Linebackers Coach the .

Mike Nolan has coached in the since 1987 when he took over as the Linebackers Coach and . He's spent time as the defensive coordinator for the (1993-1996), (1997-1999), (2000), (2002-2004), Denver Broncos (2009), (2010-2011), and most recently the (2012-2014). From 2005-2008, he spent four years as the of the .

His career has had its ups and downs as a defensive coordinator, but he's had some success. Five times his teams finished in the top 10 in points allowed. As mentioned below, his teams have finished in the top 10 in takeaways 10 times.

Now the question becomes what does this mean for their defensive personnel. Mike Nolan has in both a 4-3 (which is the Cowboys current base ) and a 3-4, which is what he's coached a majority of his time in the NFL. The Cowboys have the personnel to make the switch to a 3-4 look in their base packages if they want to, but they would certainly need to add some pieces to make it work.

Mike Nolan has done a good job the linebackers for the New Orleans Saints the last few years and got the Patrick Willis-era in San Francisco started.

Adding Nolan as the defensive coordinator signifies the end of an era for the Tampa-2 defense in Dallas, which began with Monte Kiffen in 2013 then continued by . ushered in more cover-3 techniques, but a lot of that same philosophy was present for much of the last seven seasons.

There are still quite a few decisions to be made on the Dallas Cowboys , but this was one of the big dominoes to fall. Now we wait to see if this signifies a change in defensive philosophy moving forward.

John Williams
John Williams
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