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Does Nolan Improve Our Off Season Moves?


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Someone can do the analysis and let me know if my hunch is right, but it just seems to me that our offensive picks and FA acquisitions work out at a nice rate, but our defensive choices are more, well lets just say, suspect.

What is Nolan's background as a personnel guy? Anything to support the hope that he may improve the quality of the defensive players we acquire (FAs and Draftees) moving forward?

If so, we could get better just by making good choices with the resources we do have.

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Yup. He got the Phins some good talent on D, and some of those guys on SF's D are his picks too. He has a huge influence on our offseason moves.

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Its not all Nolan, he did have scouting departments helping with those other teams. Lets hope our scouting department does its job.

This is true, but the coaches do make the final decisions, and do their own scouting after the scouts are done. I personally think the scouting department needs some kind of a shakeup. Which I think there was a change somewhere if I am not mistaking. Anyways I am not sure how many people make up the scouting department for the Falcons, but whoever is looking at the DL needs to go.

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Guys brought in under Nolan at San Fran:

Ray McDonald

Patrick Willis

Dashon Goldson

Justin Smith

Tarell Brown

Well now that you pointed this out, it makes me feel great about this offseason. I think Dashon Goldson is a vastly underrated player. If we can get players of the caliber of Willis and Smith that would work magic

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I heard him say he believes in fitting the D scheme to the players you have

BUT I've never heard him say what scheme he'd like to have the players for

ie never heard him said what scheme he preferred to run.. maybe i missed it

Nah, you didn't miss it. Everyone like to make assumptions about what he wants to do and how he's going to change the team to a 3-4, but he's said over and over again he believes in fitting the scheme to the players.

And It's a bit a stretch to draw the conclusion that HE is going to bring in better players. Mike Nolan was coach/gm (and he wound up losing the GM title in '07) when he was in San Francisco, and as was pointed out in another post, he had plenty of help. Here, he is a cog in the machine. An assistant coach is always going to get the floor to try to sell his guy, but he's FAR removed from the final decision.

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Well now that you pointed this out, it makes me feel great about this offseason. I think Dashon Goldson is a vastly underrated player. If we can get players of the caliber of Willis and Smith that would work magic

Smith I think was one of the big keys too that defense. Justin Smith sucks up multiple blocks and frees Aldon Smith up too wreak havoc. It wasn't a coincidence that Aldon Smith couldn't get another sack after Justin Smith went down at the end of the season.

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I would have thought this is pretty simple really.

1. We have a scheme Mike Nolan goes to TD and says I want to improve Area X and Area Y this is what sought of guy I need in each area when it comes to talent to do a job.

Pick accordingly.

That's too much like right, Kiwi...................never gonna happen

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Well now that you pointed this out, it makes me feel great about this offseason. I think Dashon Goldson is a vastly underrated player. If we can get players of the caliber of Willis and Smith that would work magic

It's a lot easier to do that when you are drafting in the top half of the 1st round, or at least using your first round pick.

So....we need to give him a defensive player with that first pick, without a doubt.

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The interesting question about Nolan's input is would it jibe with what another defensive-minded coach, Mike Smith looks to choose on that side of the ball.

Would be interesting to see the dialogue between the two....Nolan likes space eaters and Smith leans towards smaller quicker D-lineman.

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