Bears interested in Ravens' Nolan for coaching job

January 08, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan is expected to interview with Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo for the team's vacant coaching job today in Baltimore.

It will be the first time Nolan has talked to another team since he became the Ravens' defensive coordinator before the 2002 season. The Ravens finished third overall in defense this season and in the top six in every major category.

Nolan will be the fourth person to interview for the Bears' job. The San Francisco 49ers' Jim Mora Jr., New England Patriots' Romeo Crennel and St. Louis Rams' Lovie Smith - all defensive coordinators - have interviewed in the past week.

Although there is no clear-cut favorite, two college coaches, Louisiana State's Nick Saban and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz, have received the most attention, though neither has interviewed or expressed much interest in the job.

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the Bears also are interested in Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen.

Friedgen, an assistant coach for the San Diego Chargers from 1992 to 1996, said last week after Maryland's Gator Bowl victory that he is not interested in becoming an NFL head coach.

No decision is expected to be made soon, and the Bears likely will conduct another round of interviews with more offensive-minded coaches next week.

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