After the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly set to hire a Mike McCarthy as head coach, another report emerges that Mike Nolan will be his defensive coordinator.
After a week of radio silence, the Dallas Cowboys announced on Sunday that they decided to move on from their longtime head coach, Jason Garrett. A mere 24-hours later, reports emerged that the Cowboys intend to hire former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in Garrett’s place.
McCarthy led the Packers to a 125-77-2 record, eight consecutive playoff appearances, and a Super Bowl victory in 2011. But before taking the helm of the Packers in 2006, McCarthy was the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers under then head coach Mike Nolan for a single season in 2005. That ended up being a disappointing 4-12 season for the Niners.
Now, reports are surfacing that McCarthy intends on reuniting with Nolan in Dallas. According to ESPN reporter Todd Archer, Nolan will become the Cowboys next defensive coordinator replacing Rod Marinelli at the position.
The 60-year old Nolan has spent the past three seasons as the linebackers coach for the New Orleans Saints. But his time in the league stretches all the way back to 1987 when he started as a special teams coach for the Denver Broncos. Nolan has been a defensive coordinator for seven different NFL teams throughout his professional coaching career including the Cowboys NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants back in the 1990s.
With this latest news, it appears Marinelli has ended his six-year run as the defensive coordinator of America’s Team. Marinelli arrived in Dallas in 2013 as the defensive line coach under Monte Kiffin, taking his place as coordinator the following year.
in 2018, the Dallas Cowboys defense ranked seventh in yards allowed (5,268) to opposing offenses and tied for sixth in scoring defense (20.3). This past season, the Cowboys defense regressed, ranking 11th in both yards allowed and scoring defense. Dallas was only able to post an 8-8 record despite fielding the NFL’s top-ranked offense.