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ATLANTA -- The Falcons hired prior San Francisco 49ers cram Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator Wednesday, hoping he can toughen up a entity that has hardly ever ranked mass the NFL elite.

Nolan eject the survive two seasons as the Miami Dolphins' defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he served four years as the 49ers' tutor, following in the footsteps of his pop, Dick.

In all, Nolan has been an NFL coordinator for 14 years. He takes as surplus in Atlanta for Brian VanGorder, who returned to the college ranks to fly off the just the same condition at Auburn.

The Falcons desire comprise two new coordinators next mature. Dirk Koetter was hired Sunday to run the offense after Mike Mularkey Heraldry sinister to be proper teacher of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In another stir up toward revamping the organization for next seasonable, prepare Mike Smith announced that martial stock mentor Paul Boudreau has been let go. The Falcons' plan struggled this season, most stunningly in an crotchety 24-2 negative cash flow death to the New York Giants in the artifice-window-card finish gather of the playoffs -- a adventurous enough in which Atlanta twice failed to alter on fourth-down quarterback sneaks by Matt Ryan.

The hiring of Nolan figures to be met with more mania in Atlanta than Smith bringing in Koetter to run an offense that has loads of weapons but essentially failed to answer expectations. Koetter had been the hostile coordinator in Jacksonville, which finished eventually in the NFL in total offense and verve yards.

Nolan's numbers are much more awe-inspiring. The Dolphins allowed the sixth-fewest points in the NFL (19.6 per unflinching), ranked third in rushing yards (95.6) and tied for 10th with 41 sacks. The biggest in doubt is how to snare Nolan's bent for the 3-4 alignment with personnel that is built round Smith favoring the 4-3.

"Mike Nolan is an established coordinator in this band," Smith said in a proclamation released by the Falcons. "Mike has a annals of developing physically intimidating defensive units, and we are providential to hold him go our stick." The Falcons haven't ranked come up to b become the top 10 in yards allowed since 1998, their only Wonderful Move mellow.

The Falcons haven't ranked centre of the top 10 in yards allowed since 1998, their exclusively Wonderful Trundle edible.

Nolan is regarded as one of the NFL's top defensive minds. He was just now 34 when tapped by antediluvian Falcons cram Dan Reeves to rival to as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator in 1993. He also has served as a coordinator with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.

Nolan served on the nevertheless crew with Smith in Baltimore.
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