January 16, 2013 |
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Mike Nolan's 31/2-year tenure as coach of the San Francisco 49ers offered few highlights on the field. An 18-37 record before a midseason firing in 2008. No playoff berths for a franchise used to winning championships. A parade of offensive coordinators unable to develop Alex Smith at quarterback. Yet to call Nolan's run in San Francisco a complete failure would clearly miss the point. He took over a franchise decimated under the leadership of former general manager Terry Donahue and coach Dennis Erickson and began acquiring the pieces that Jim Harbaugh later used to make back-to-back runs to the NFC championship game.
January 18, 2005 |
Mike Nolan's lineage on and off the field made him an ideal choice to rebuild the San Francisco 49ers. The Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator accepted his first head-coaching job yesterday and began to negotiate a contract to take over the team that had the NFL's worst record last season. Nolan, a longtime coordinator for four teams, is the son of former 49ers coach Dick Nolan, who led the franchise to its first playoff victory during eight seasons in charge of a once-proud franchise that finished this season 2-14 - tying the worst record in franchise history.
April 19, 1989 |
Donald Trump walked out of the Atlantis Casino Hotel sale negotiations in Manhattan yesterday because one of the participants was an attorney at the law firm that represents Trump's toughest competitor, Caesars Atlantic City Hotel Casino. Attorney Michael J. Dunne of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch of Newark, N.J., was there not for Caesars, but for conservator Joseph M. Nolan, who has held title to the Atlantis since its gaming license expired Friday night. The Casino Casino Commission, meeting for a second day to determine the scope of Nolan's duties, learned about the Trump walkout last night from attorney Clyde Szuch, a partner in the firm.
September 3, 2009 |
CORTLAND, N.Y. - In so many ways, he is his father's son. The chip on Rex Ryan's shoulder might not be quite as big as the one his old man lugged around all those years, but it's there. So is the old man's you-got-a-winner-in-town cockiness, and the old man's brutal honesty, though he has a way to go to match the red-alert level of brutal honesty of Buddy Ryan, who, when asked to evaluate the play of Eagles first-round bust Kevin Allen, replied, "I guess he's OK if you're just looking for somebody to stand around and kill grass.
February 12, 2002 |
Still smarting from the surprise departure of Marvin Lewis, the Baltimore Ravens yesterday made Mike Nolan their new defensive coordinator. Nolan, 42, a former defensive coordinator with three NFL teams, served as the Ravens' receivers coach last season. He expected to retain that post as recently as Saturday, when Lewis said he would stay with the Ravens after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday reversed their decision to make him their head coach. But Lewis, the Ravens' only defensive coordinator during their first six years of existence, changed his mind Sunday and agreed to a lucrative, three-year deal with the Washington Redskins.
November 12, 1999 |
Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is asked the question so much, it probably sounds like a broken record. How could the Redskins' defense, a potentially dominant unit featuring six former No. 1 draft choices, be ranked last in the NFL? "The perception is that when you pay guys a lot of money. . .you try to get a return on what you pay for," Nolan said. "But you have to play together, no matter what you pay somebody. It's my responsibility and the responsibility of the other coaches on defense for us to get them to play together.
September 20, 2006 |
There are few things worse than silence for an aspiring NFL player. Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson spent a quiet 2005 never hearing the sound that mattered most - a phone call from an NFL team. An undrafted free agent in 2003 from Texas Tech, Hanson was stuck on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad that season. In 2004, he made the varsity and appeared in 13 games, with three starts. Hanson had 20 tackles and six pass breakups for the 49ers and the confidence that he could stick in the NFL. Then the 49ers brought in a new staff, led by head coach Mike Nolan, and Hanson was cut during the 2005 preseason.
September 15, 2005 |
One win and the San Francisco 49ers have the Bay area buzzing. One loss and the Eagles have Philadelphians biting their nails. Niners head coach Mike Nolan wants to continue the unlikely starts for both the 49ers and the Eagles, who will play each other Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The 49ers, the worst team in the NFL last year, began the season with a 28-25 win over the respectable St. Louis Rams, while the Eagles dropped their opener, 14-10, to the Falcons. After finishing last season at 2-14, the 49ers - with a new head coach and new attitude - could use another dose of self-esteem.
October 1, 1997 |
Coach Ray Rhodes is known to be considering trying to shake the Eagles out of their offensive doldrums by switching quarterbacks - starting Rodney Peete in place of Ty Detmer against Washington. Rhodes will have to decide today, when the team begins earnest preparations for Sunday's game with the Redskins. Rhodes refused yesterday to rule out a quarterback change for a team whose early confidence has been shattered. As the Eagles glue themselves back together, they would do well to take a close look at the team that beat them Sunday night and with which they have much in common.
April 18, 1989 |
The Atlantis Casino Hotel conservator yesterday sought broadened powers to probe the money-losing gambling hall, accusing management of concealing from him last Friday night that negotiations were under way to sell to Donald Trump. Conservator Joseph M. Nolan said he wanted to "accomplish something for the public good," but he told the Casino Control Commission that he could not if "you cut my arms off. " Although Nolan appeared unlikely to win all the powers he sought, Chairman Walter N. Read said he would let Nolan hire lawyers to scour Atlantis files, specifically mentioning the possibility that contracts might exist that had been concealed from regulators.