Ravens' Nolan bows out of Bears list

Defensive coordinator was in mix for head coach

Pro Football

January 13, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan withdrew from consideration for the Chicago Bears' coaching job yesterday.

Nolan was to have interviewed with Bears general manager Jerry Angelo twice last week, but both sessions were postponed because of scheduling conflicts with Angelo. Angelo wanted to set up an interview for tomorrow, but Nolan declined and decided to remain with the Ravens.

"While the search process is still ongoing, I've decided to remove myself from it," Nolan said.

The Bears have reportedly narrowed their choices to Russ Grimm, a former offensive line coach who has no experience as a coordinator or head coach, and St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

Meanwhile, the Ravens granted the Arizona Cardinals permission to speak with offensive line coach Jim Colletto about the Cardinals' offensive coordinator position.

In his fifth year with the Ravens, Colletto coached an offensive line that paved the way for Jamal Lewis' 2,066 rushing yards, the second most for a single season in NFL history.

Colletto, 59, has 37 years of coaching experience, including 11 as a head coach in college.

While Colletto is arranging a visit to the Cardinals, secondary coach Donnie Henderson is still waiting on a decision from the New York Jets. Henderson interviewed with Jets coach Herman Edwards for their defensive coordinator position last week.

"The interview went well," Henderson said.

Though the Ravens might lose coaches, they could add a receivers coach in the coming weeks.

David Shaw coached quarterbacks and receivers the past two seasons, but might be asked to focus on quarterbacks and assume more responsibility in helping devise the offensive game plan.

Ravens coach Brian Billick has said that he has not ruled out making minor adjustments to his staff.

On the administration side, Ravens director of player personnel Phil Savage will remain with the team after the Miami Dolphins named Dan Marino their head of football operations yesterday. Savage had interviewed to be the Dolphins' general manager last week.

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