Former Niners coach Mike Nolan was immediately the "hot" name to replace DC Bob Sanders...even before Sanders was canned. Nolan and McCarthey worked together, and had a good relationship, in New Orleans.
Is Nolan already in the fold? According to the indispensable ProFootballTalk.com, it sounds that way.
A league source tells us that Nolan currently is in the process of lining up a staff of assistants, and the thinking is that Nolan will be the next defensive coordinator of the Packers.
The JS does a great job sorting through the candidates and the defenses they run. They also breakdown the defensive personal if changing to a 3-4....Nolan's (and others) forte.
First, I would like an ex-head coach as DC. Many times these guys were humbled by failing as head coaches, and realize they're better as a position coach. Ray Rhodes (although had some success in Philly as HC), Gregg Williams, and Rod Marinelli are prime examples.
Second, moving to the 3-4 will be a rough, rough transition. Especially with the lack of quality beef on the Packers D-Line. The JS almost paints a nightmare scenario with about 3 guys on the front 7 suited for the 3-4.
Would delusional Packer fans stand for this? In this age of "start out 0-2 and we fire bomb Lambeau Field," what would another year of struggles while learning a new defense with players ill suited for it's scheme? It's doesn't matter that this could be best in the long run (a young, dynamic offense along with a potent defense). Packer fans want to win now. No, yesterday. Another 6-10 season and MGD Mike's head might explode.
Whatever happens, change is a good, no great, thing for the Green Bay defense. I'm all in favor of Mike Nolan...gulp. If not him, Gregg Williams.