Mike Nolan gave Mike McCarthy the opportunity to be on his coaching staff back in 2005.
Four years later, it looks like McCarthy is ready to give the same chance to Mike Nolan. Nothing is official quite yet, but all signs are pointing to Mike Nolan becoming the new Defensive Coordinator for the Packers.
Per the glory and goodness that is the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Two NFL sources said Tuesday that Coach Mike McCarthy appears likely to bring in Nolan to replace Bob Sanders, whose firing was announced Monday. One source said word at the Cactus Bowl, the all-star game for Division II seniors in Kingsville, Texas, is the move is all but done. Another said there appeared to be at least a 90 percent chance Nolan will join the Packers.
So, anonymous sources are what we're going on for this one, but it seems to be the most logical fit. Nolan has previously been a defensive coordinator with the Ravens, Jets, Giants, and Redskins. He's also had extensive experience juggling both the 4-3 and the 3-4 defensive schemes. I'd love to see Nolan come to Green Bay and gradually implement the 3-4, because of how affective it can be.
However, the Packers current defense doesn't really have the right personnel for the 3-4, so it would be interesting to see how that would unfold.
So, nothing official as of yet, but we think it's only a matter of time on this one. When I asked my friend Behnke, a 49ers fan, about what he thought of Nolan, he told me "Well, he has experience I guess. (And) his favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla. I want rep for that."
In related Packers coaching news, McCarthy has an interview lined up with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Johnson. McCarthy also says he's not looking to bring Jeff Jagodzinski back to his staff, as Jags is getting fired by Boston College for simply trying to be successful.