Monday, January 12, 2009

Nolan as D-Coordinator...Not

According to reports, the info which had led this writer and others to say that former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan would be named as the Packers new defensive coordinator seems to have been, hmmm, not as inside and reliable as initially thought. But hey, even the Green Bay Press-Gazette was saying that Nolan was an 80-90 percent lock.

Anyway, the NFL Network was reporting late last night that Nolan would be named the new defensive coordinator at Denver, which has been known to pay assistance coaches very well.

Whether it all came down to money or something else, we may never know. Nolan had been the special teams/linebackers coach in Denver from 1987-'92.

So, at this point it's really anybody's guess as to who may land the gig in Green Bay. Former Jacksonville Jaguars coordinator Gregg Williams and Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott are said to be front runners. Williams interviewed with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on Friday. McDermott can't be be talked to under league rules until the Eagles are out of the playoffs, whether that's another week...or longer.

Winston Moss, one of the lone assistants to be retained in the Packers purge of their defensive coaching staff, is still in the running. But he is also interviewing for a few open head coaching slots, including St. Louis and Oakland.

So, what seemed like a quick pick, isn't. Stay tuned.

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