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Green Bay Packers Shift Focus Off Mike Nolan for Defensive Coordinator

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2009

Mike Nolan to the Packers looked to be a sure thing just a week ago, but now Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy will have to look elsewhere for his next defensive coordinator.

The former 49ers head coach will be the new defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL Network. Nolan will join the staff of new Denver head coach Josh McDaniels, who just landed his first head coaching job at the age of 32.

In all honesty, I'm a little disappointed we let Nolan get away. I was excited to see him team back up with his buddy McCarthy, and also to see how he'd work the 3-4 scheme into Green Bay. I wonder if this was a result of McCarthy not wanting Nolan to join him, Packers GM Ted Thompson wanting to go in a different direction, or Nolan's desire to be in Denver. We'll have to wait and see.

So, that's another candidate off the board as the Packers slowly look to fill a major coaching position. Gregg Williams, one of the more highly-touted defensive coordinators out there was in Green Bay for an interview last weekend, but no word yet on how the interview went. Eagles secondary coach Sean McDermott is emerging as a candidate, but he could be tied up until after the Super Bowl due to a surprising playoff run. Jim Haslett remains a possibility, as do Winston Moss and Chuck Cecil.

At this point, I don't think we can afford to wait for McDermott, no matter how enamored McCarthy might be with him. The Packers need to hire Gregg Williams, and they need to do it soon. Sometime within the next couple of hours would be nice.

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