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Mike Nolan drawing interest from Bengals for defensive coordinator job

Saints linebacker coach Mike Nolan is generating interest from the Bengals for their as-yet-unfilled defensive coordinator position, per Albert Breer of the Sports Illustrated. The report comes after Nolan’s colleague Dennis Allen decided to re-sign with New Orleans.

Fans will recall that Jack Del Rio was initially being considered for the position that Nolan is currently eyeing, but both parties decided that it wasn’t a good fit.

Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is being compared to his previous boss, current Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, for the way he’s choosing to move on finding the proper defensive coordinator for the team.

Namely, he’s being commended for looking at men who all have previous head coaching experience on their resume.

In Nolan’s case, he once served as the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

And, because Nolan is currently only a position coach (i.e., a linebacker coach) with New Orleans, the team cannot block him from accepting this promotion from the Bengals, should it come after this meeting.

But Mike Nolan also comes to the table with extensive defensive coordinator experience as well. He’d served in that very position for a wide variety of teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and the Atlanta Falcons.

It’s unclear when Nolan will meet with the Bengals to discuss the position, but we’ll keep you informed of any and all developments as they become known to us.