Ravens' Nolan interested in Dolphins' job

OWINGS MILLS -- Although prominent college coaches like LSU's Nick Saban, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz have been linked as prime candidates for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job, the downtrodden franchise is also inclined toward considering proven NFL coordinators like Baltimore Ravens defensive boss Mike Nolan.

Nolan has a connection through his father, Dick Nolan, to Dolphins team president Eddie Jones. Both worked for the New Orleans Saints in the early 1980s, where the older Nolan was a head coach. Dick Nolan was also once the San Francisco 49ers' head coach.

"Miami is a great organization," Nolan said. "Anyone would be flattered just to be considered. I would certainly be interested."

In Nolan's third season as defensive coordinator, Baltimore is ranked fourth overall in total defense, sixth against the run, sixth against the pass. Baltimore (6-3) has the top-ranked scoring defense (14.4 points allowed per game) in the league.

The Dolphins (1-8) are currently led by interim coach Jim Bates following Dave Wannstedt's resignation.

"Like everyone does when you're losing, you're looking for a way to correct it," said Nolan, previously a coordinator with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and New York Giants. "They're looking for someone to do that. Any assistant coach aspires to be a head coach and the Miami Dolphins' job is so attractive because it's such a great organization."

Ravens senior consultant Jim Fassel has also expressed interest in the Dolphins' job.

Other notable candidates include New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress.


 


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