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Mike Nolan
Linebackers
Mike Nolan enters his first season with the Black and Gold as linebackers coach. A 35-year coaching veteran, Nolan will be entering his 30th year coaching in the NFL, including four seasons as a head coach (San Francisco, 2005-08) and 17 campaigns as a defensive coordinator.

Mike Nolan enters his first season with the Black and Gold as linebackers coach. A 35-year coaching veteran, Nolan will be entering his 30th year coaching in the NFL, including four seasons as a head coach (San Francisco, 2005-08) and 17 campaigns as a defensive coordinator.

The son of 11-year NFL head coaching veteran Dick Nolan who guided the Saints from 1978-80, Mike Nolan served as linebackers coach of the San Diego Chargers in 2015 and garnered impressive performances from a trio of young players at his position group. Second-round draft pick Manti Te’o led the team with 107 tackles, while fellow rookie Denzel Perryman ranked second on the club behind Te’o with 95 stops, despite starting only nine contests. On the outside, Melvin Ingram led the team and tied for 12th in the NFL with 10.5 sacks.

Nolan has served as coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons (2012-14), Miami Dolphins (2010-11), Denver Broncos (2009), Baltimore Ravens (2002-04), New York Jets (2000), Washington Redskins (1997-99) and New York Giants (1993-96).  In those 17 seasons, the defenses that Nolan has tutored have finished in the Top 10 in scoring defense eight times. In 2012, the Falcons finished fifth in the NFL in scoring defense (18.7 ppg.), red zone scoring defense (46.1 pct.), total takeaways (31) and interceptions (20), as they earned the NFC’s number one seed in the playoffs and advanced to the NFC Championship. During his two-season stint in Miami, the Dolphins ranked sixth in total defense, seventh in run defense and eighth in pass defense in 2010 and finished third against the run, sixth in scoring and red zone defense, seventh in third-down defense and 10th in sacks in 2011. In 2009 in Denver, the Broncos improved in opponent net yards per game to seventh overall, including third in pass defense, after ranking 29th in total defense in 2008.

From 2005-08, Nolan served as head coach in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of his father who coached the 49ers for eight seasons (1968-75) prior to his four-year Saints tenure as an assistant (1977) and head coach (1978-80). The 49ers were one of the NFL’s most consistent teams in stopping the run during Nolan’s tenure, ranking fourth in the league in opponent yards per carry (3.9) during that period. In 2007, the 49ers selected LB Patrick Willis with the 11th pick in the draft, who would be selected as the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and as an AP first-team All-Pro, the squad’s only rookie. Willis became the first defensive rookie from the 49ers to make the Pro Bowl since Ronnie Lott in 1981, finishing with 226 tackles (143 solo), four sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

 Nolan earned the 49ers head coaching job after a successful stint with the Ravens, which included three seasons (2002-04) as their coordinator. In 2002, he coached one of the league’s youngest defenses, yet the Ravens recorded a team-record and AFC-leading 25 interceptions. Over the course of his three seasons as coordinator, the Ravens tied for the league lead in takeaways (106), while ranking fifth in points per game allowed (18.8). Five Baltimore defenders earned a total of nine trips to the Pro Bowl and Nolan instructed back-to-back AP NFL Defensive Players of the Year in LB Ray Lewis (2003) and S Ed Reed (2004). Nolan became a defensive coordinator for the first time in his career in 1993 with the New York Giants after serving as both the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator with the Broncos from 1987-92, a time during which Denver participated in two Super Bowls (XXII and XXIV). The Giants defense allowed a league-low 12.8 points per game in his first season.

Nolan was a three-year starter at safety at the University of Oregon, after initially enrolling and joining the team as a walk-on. After beginning his coaching career at his alma mater in 1981, he then tutored linebackers and defensive backs at Stanford (1982-83) and Rice (1984-85), before coaching linebackers at LSU in 1986 prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks with the Broncos.

PLAYING CAREER: Oregon, 1978-80

COACHING CAREER: Oregon, 81; Stanford, 1982-83; Rice, 1984-85; Louisiana State University, 1986; Denver Broncos, 1987-92; New York Giants, 1993-96; Washington Redskins, 1997-99; New York Jets, 2000; Baltimore Ravens, 2001-04; San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach), 2005-08; Denver Broncos, 2009; Miami Dolphins, 2010-11; Atlanta Falcons, 2012-14; San Diego Chargers, 2015; New Orleans Saints, 2017-.

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    (00:04:23) Posted May 14, 2017

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