vel Posted January 11, 2012 Share Posted January 11, 2012 Here is an excerpt about Mike Nolan's defense. It is from his short stint with the Broncos:I do realize that these two topics may have already been discussed at the end of the season, but due to recent comments on blogs. It seems like the firing of Mike Nolan was another big mistake in the eyes of some Broncos fans, and its a topic that is still burning people. I am going to explain the Nolan firing from a scheme perspective and why it made sense, and give my theory as to why the Broncos collapsed last year. As most Broncos fans have heard,Josh McDaniels and Mike Nolan had philosophical differences. The root cause of these philosophical differences came from a scheme perspective. Mike Nolan is a hybrid 3-4 defensive coach rather than a pure 3-4 defensive coach.Josh McDaniels like most Parcells/Belichickcoaches is a believer in the 3-4, but he is a believer in the Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4system which is a bend but don’t break defense. Mike Nolan’s version of the 3-4 defense doesn’t believe in playing bend but don’t break type of defense. Nolan believes in attacking the quarterback whenever possible and using a combination of a 1-gap and 2-gap system at times. He likes to try and confuse the quarterback with exotic blitzing, where as Josh was taught to confuse a quarterback by disguising coverages instead of relying on the blitz.In the system that Josh was taught, the Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4, you don’t blitz as much as you do in the other four versions of the 3-4 defense. The other four versions of the 3-4 are the “Zone Blitz 3-4”, “Phillips 3-4”, “Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4” and the “Hybrid 3-4”. A good example of a Fairbanks-Bullough 3-4 defense is the Patriots defense. The Fairbanks-Bullough is commonly referred to as a 2-gap 3-4 system that gives teams the greatest amount of flexibility compared to other 3-4’s. The linebackers in this system are extremely versatile and are capable of doing any and everything on the field. (I.e.;Mike Vrabel) When you mix the roles of the four linebackers from play to play, you can cause mass confusion for an offense. The reason this system is a 2-gap system, is because the defensive lineman are required to cover the gaps on both sides of an offensive lineman. The defensive linemen in this 3-4 are very stout so that they can occupy the offensive lineman, and allow the linebackers can make plays. As you compare the philosophies, you can see how and why Josh and Mike didn’t see eye to eye at times during the year.http://coloradosportsdesk.com/wp/archives/2010/06/mike-nolan-and-the-2009-broncos-defense-what-happened/I highlighted in green the things I thought were good and in the red the things we are trying to move from (some of us at least). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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