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Mike Nolan Hired As Falcons Defensive Coordinator: Mike Smith Comments

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Tuesday that former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan has been hired as the team's new defensive coordinator. Following the announcement, Jay Adams of the official Falcons website relayed some comments from head coach Mike Smith:

"Mike Nolan is an established coordinator in this league," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "He brings more than 25 years of NFL experience to our team and has been a coordinator at this level for 14 years. Mike has a history of developing physically intimidating defensive units, and we are fortunate to have him join our staff."

Nolan comes to the team having spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, where he oversaw a top-10 NFL defense.

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