Another possibility has emerged for the Bears in the Great Coordinator Search 2010. Former Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is out on the street after “mutually agreeing to part ways” with Broncos boy genius head coach Josh McDaniels. Nolan took the Broncos defense from 29th in 2008 to 7th in total yardage in 2009.
Nolan most recently ran a 3-4 scheme in Denver, but he’s also worked with 4-3 defense as well. Normally, such a wide departure from the Bears’ Cover-2 wouldn’t be considered, but since the Bears lost out on top candidate Perry Fewell, Lovie and the Bears may have to be a little more flexible in their search.
Nolan is already drawing quite a bit of interest. The Miami Herald reports that Nolan is expected to interview for the Dolphins‘ DC position no later than Wednesday.
I really doubt Nolan becomes a serious candidate, as he would represent a drastic departure from Lovie’s Cover-2, but at this point in the process the Bears need to keep their options open.