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Old 01-25-2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Broncos suspected tampering, but were happy to let Nolan go

Posted by Mike Florio on January 25, 2010 1:56 PM ET

A week after Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan left the team, details are still trickling out regarding the circumstances that led to his 24-hour journey from Denver to Miami. (Or was it Milan to Minsk?)

Per a league source, the Broncos immediately suspected upon receiving a form requesting permission to interview Nolan for the same job in Miami that the Dolphins had been talking to Nolan, which would be a clear violation of the tampering rules.

But the source says the Broncos didn't care, because they were ready to part ways with Nolan. Nolan and coach Josh McDaniels were "too much alike," the source said, and so they routinely butted heads.

So, as Jason La Canfora of NFL.com recently reported, the split didn't occur because McDaniels told Nolan that the Broncos were going to stop blitzing, but because McDaniels and Nolan simply could no longer coexist. Miami's attempt to hire Nolan simply provided both sides with an escape route.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-let-nolan-go/

http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/01/23/bron...oaching-staff/
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:11 AM   #2
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Well Mcdaniels does know best.....right??
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Too bad that now we'll have to let Dumervil go too.
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So McD can't even get along with his hand picked staff? Nice.
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Well Mcdaniels does know best.....right??
He's the CIC...so yeah.

This is becoming clearer. Nolan thought he shouldn't have to listen to a younger boss. You see it with older people all the time. I usually fire them. Good luck getting a new job at 45 with little experience outside of the company you've been working for these last 20 years.

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Old 01-25-2010, 11:18 AM   #8
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But the source says the Broncos didn't care, because they were ready to part ways with Nolan. Nolan and coach Josh McDaniels were "too much alike," the source said, and so they routinely butted heads.
Too much alike?
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:20 AM   #9
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Shouldn't they still have tried to get some sort of compensation or penalty for the Dolphins?
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So McD can't even get along with his hand picked staff? Nice.
Hand picked and what's available are two different things. But even still....McDaniels, right or wrong, is in charge. Not Mike Nolan and not anyone else, except Pat Bowlen. If McDaniels wants hospital corners on a made bed in training camp...you better do it. It's not a democracy. It's a dictatorship

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Shouldn't they still have tried to get some sort of compensation or penalty for the Dolphins?
You'd have to prove it first. Good luck with that.
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So McD can't even get along with his hand picked staff? Nice.
Well, he got Nolan's name because they share agents.

It just seems kinda weird how all of these people aren't "getting along" with him.
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Hand picked and what's available are two different things.
Riiiiight. I would say that if he gets to hire a guy, that guy is hand picked. Yes, you usually have to work with what's available when hand picking your coaches. That or have enough friends to tamper and get away with it.
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So McD can't even get along with his hand picked staff? Nice.
McD didn't know Nolan when he was hired, they shared an agent, it didn't work out, that's all.

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Hand picked and what's available are two different things. But even still....McDaniels, right or wrong, is in charge. Not Mike Nolan and not anyone else, except Pat Bowlen. If McDaniels wants hospital corners on a made bed in training camp...you better do it. It's not a democracy. It's a dictatorship
Just like most businesses.
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Well, he got Nolan's name because they share agents.

It just seems kinda weird how all of these people aren't "getting along" with him.
who are "all these people?"

Nolan went from total control Head Coach, to assistant to a younger total control head coach, he didn't like it.
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Just like most businesses.
It's actually amusing. I am in charge and have a general direction on where I want to take the unit within the business and I get a bunch of "We used to do it this way", or "That won't work", or "I like to do it this way". I ask for suggestions and take them. I am not all knowing, but these long timers want to fight you on ever decision. It's best to send them on their way and then everybody can be happy.
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McD didn't know Nolan when he was hired, they shared an agent, it didn't work out, that's all.
Yes, this is not new information to me. It doesn't change my reply. How many times did Shanahan fire a guy after a single season because they couldn't get along?....
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Too much alike?
Rumor has it that the quote came from McD's wife after he caught them in bed together.
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Yes, this is not new information to me. It doesn't change my reply. How many times did Shanahan fire a guy after a single season because they couldn't get along?....
You mean, like defensive coordinators?
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It's actually amusing. I am in charge and have a general direction on where I want to take the unit within the business and I get a bunch of "We used to do it this way", or "That won't work", or "I like to do it this way". I ask for suggestions and take them. I am not all knowing, but these long timers want to fight you on ever decision. It's best to send them on their way and then everybody can be happy.
I used to tell employees that we are a democracy, right up to the checkbook, then we become a dictatorship.
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Yes, this is not new information to me. It doesn't change my reply. How many times did Shanahan fire a guy after a single season because they couldn't get along?....
I lost count. How many??

Edit. Are you now saying McD fired Nolan??

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Yes, this is not new information to me. It doesn't change my reply. How many times did Shanahan fire a guy after a single season because they couldn't get along?....
I can only think of 1

Bates 1 as DC
Ray Rhodes 2 as DC
Coyer 2 as DC
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Shouldn't they still have tried to get some sort of compensation or penalty for the Dolphins?
Kid Mcd doesnt know the meaning of that. he proved it last year in the draft when the Redskins were desperate to trade with denver to take Orakpo. Denver told them not to worry because they werent taking him anyhow.
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Bates 1 as DC
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Bates quit after being asked to coach LBs
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