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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2005
Time's up for Mike Nolan and the San Francisco 49ers. No more private workouts or tape reviews. No more splitting hairs or quarterbacks. What started three months ago as an exercise in rehabilitation for the 49ers reaches critical mass today when Nolan, the team's new coach and decision maker, reveals a draft strategy with the No. 1 pick that could be debated for years to come. Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers or punt? The decision will set in motion the reclamation job Nolan has begun in San Francisco as well as the 70th NFL draft in New York.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 10, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When the Tennessee Titans collide with the Ravens' defense in today's AFC divisional playoff game, they will have to account for Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and the X-factor. Make that the Rex factor. Rex Ryan, the Ravens' assistant head coach-defensive coordinator, is the mastermind of one of the most unpredictable defenses in the NFL, moving around Pro Bowl talent like chess pieces. When Reed is running back an interception, it's Ryan who put him in position to do so. When Lewis is stuffing the run, it comes by Ryan's design.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2002
Mike Nolan, the new caretaker of the Ravens' defense, is not so engrossed in his job that he can't appreciate the humor of his situation. "Right now," said Nolan with a chuckle, "we'd be running a 2-4." As in two defensive lineman and four linebackers, one fewer lineman than in the 3-4 formation Nolan plans to implement this year. The Ravens released three starters for salary cap purposes and lost four others. With only 13 defensive players under contract going into this weekend's NFL draft, Nolan's task of replacing Marvin Lewis has become substantially more difficult.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
The season is just two months old and already the firing line is working overtime. Coaches fired so far: Scott Linehan (Rams), Lane Kiffin (Raiders) and, last week, Mike Nolan (49ers). On deck: * Rod Marinelli, Lions: Unless Detroit can beat the Vikings on Dec. 7 at home, he has an excellent chance to achieve 0-16 infamy. Really. * Brad Childress, Vikings: He whiffed on personnel decisions, and the owner wanted a playoff team to help get a new stadium. Look for a new coach instead. * Romeo Crennel, Browns: Not much has gone right in his fourth year of great expectations.
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October 7, 2007
Good morning--Mike Nolan--Seeing you on the sideline in that suit, we're reminded of that Joe Jackson song refrain: You gotta look sharp!
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December 29, 2005
"It is an opportunity to utilize this as a home playoff game. There will be no talk whatsoever about any other scenario." Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Steelers coach, on not wanting his team to consider having a playoff spot clinched before kickoff "I want to see what she's got. I haven't played her since she was 12." Martina Hingis On facing Maria Sharapova upon Hingis' return to pro tennis "It's a hurdle you have to get over when you're losing. And that hurdle is much greater than your draft status."
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January 28, 1993
BaseballAtlanta Braves -- Named Paul Runge manager of Rookie League Idaho Falls.Cleveland Indians -- Agreed to terms with 1B Paul Sorrento on a three-year contract.Colorado Rockies -- Agreed to terms with P Ryan Hawblitzel, P Marcus Moore, P Armando Reynoso, P Steve Reed, C Brad Ausmus, C. J. Owens and IF Eric Young on one-year contracts.Florida Marlins -- Signed P Joe Klink to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training.Kansas City Royals -- Agreed to terms with OF Hubie Brooks, P Frank DiPino and C Mike Knapp on minor-league contracts.
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By [Compiled by Tribune Publishing reporters; this week's comments by Ken Murray, The Sun] | December 31, 2006
(Last week's ranking in parentheses) 1. Chargers (1) Philip Rivers has hit the wall. 2. Ravens (2) Just one Rivers pass from taking No. 1 seed. 3. Bears (3) Defense is in retreat. 4. Patriots (5) Tom Brady's willpower is still enough. 5. Saints (6) Can they finish the miracle season? 6. Colts (4) Who will pay for this collapse? 7. Eagles (9) This is Andy Reid at his best. 8. Jets (12) Soft schedule, new coach make difference. 9. Broncos (13) Jay Cutler is the real deal.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 9, 1994
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Any sense of satisfaction will have to wait for Mike Nolan. The playoffs arrive at The Meadowlands today, and that means the New York Giants' first-year defensive coordinator is too occupied with the present to even consider the past.The NFL season, Nolan was saying last week, is like a marathon."When it's over, you look at the 26 miles you ran," he said. "But no time during the 26 miles do you want to stop and kick your feet up."Nolan, football-wise beyond his 34 years, could be excused if he wanted to kick up his feet after help- ing transform the Giants from a 6-10 misfit to an 11-5 wild-card team.
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By MIKE PRESTON | February 15, 2007
On paper, it doesn't look good because the Ravens were always prepared in the past when teams were interviewing their defensive coaches for head coaching jobs. First there was Marvin Lewis, followed by Jack Del Rio, followed by Mike Nolan, followed by Donnie Henderson, and then Rex Ryan. There was always an understudy in waiting. But if the San Diego Chargers hire Ryan, the next Ravens defensive coordinator might not be a present assistant coach for the first time since 2001. But don't push the panic button yet. There are some interesting candidates available.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | October 19, 2008
It was little more than sour grapes last week when the Dolphins dumped on Cam Cameron for last season's 1-15 disaster in Miami. But the one salient point that came out of that fracas was Cameron's observation that the Ravens are a breeding ground for head coaches. Fact is, eight former Ravens assistant coaches now serve as head coaches, either in the NFL or college football. Three jumped directly from Baltimore to the top job - Mike Nolan (49ers), Rick Neuheisel (UCLA) and Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
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January 6, 2008
Regular-season performance of all NFL head coaches hired since the Ravens fired Ted Marchibroda after the 1998 season: Playoff Coach Years W-L appearances AFC East Bills Gregg Williams 2001-2003 17-31 0 Mike Mularkey 2004-2005 14-18 0 Dick Jauron 2006-present 14-18 0 Dolphins Dave Wannstedt 2000-2004 42-31 2 Nick Saban 2005-2006 15-17 0 Cam Cameron 2007 1-15 0 Jets Al Groh 2000 9-7 0 Herm Edwards 2001-2005 39-41 3 Eric Mangini 2006-present 14-18...
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October 7, 2007
Good morning--Mike Nolan--Seeing you on the sideline in that suit, we're reminded of that Joe Jackson song refrain: You gotta look sharp!
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By Bill Ordine and Bill Ordine,SUN REPORTER | October 5, 2007
For football coaches, plotting a game plan is always a chess match - a sometimes Byzantine exercise in getting into the other guy's head and coming up with a strategy that will carry the day. And when opposing coaching counterparts are as familiar with each other as the Ravens' Brian Billick and the San Francisco 49ers' Mike Nolan are, the tactical thrust-and-parry can be all that much more intriguing. Nolan was a Ravens assistant coach from 2001 through 2004, and the defensive coordinator the last three of those seasons, before becoming head coach in San Francisco.
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By MIKE PRESTON | February 15, 2007
On paper, it doesn't look good because the Ravens were always prepared in the past when teams were interviewing their defensive coaches for head coaching jobs. First there was Marvin Lewis, followed by Jack Del Rio, followed by Mike Nolan, followed by Donnie Henderson, and then Rex Ryan. There was always an understudy in waiting. But if the San Diego Chargers hire Ryan, the next Ravens defensive coordinator might not be a present assistant coach for the first time since 2001. But don't push the panic button yet. There are some interesting candidates available.
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By [Compiled by Tribune Publishing reporters; this week's comments by Ken Murray, The Sun] | December 31, 2006
(Last week's ranking in parentheses) 1. Chargers (1) Philip Rivers has hit the wall. 2. Ravens (2) Just one Rivers pass from taking No. 1 seed. 3. Bears (3) Defense is in retreat. 4. Patriots (5) Tom Brady's willpower is still enough. 5. Saints (6) Can they finish the miracle season? 6. Colts (4) Who will pay for this collapse? 7. Eagles (9) This is Andy Reid at his best. 8. Jets (12) Soft schedule, new coach make difference. 9. Broncos (13) Jay Cutler is the real deal.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | February 16, 2001
To latch onto the Ravens, Mike Nolan had to switch job titles as well as his coaching perception. Nolan, an NFL defensive coordinator for the past eight seasons, was hired by the Ravens as their wide receivers coach yesterday. He replaces Milt Jackson, who agreed to become a general offensive assistant with the intention of retiring at year's end. It's the first time on the offensive side of the ball for Nolan, a defensive coach during his previous 14 seasons in the league. "Early on, my insight is very much from an opponent standpoint," said Nolan, 41, who was the New York Jets' defensive coordinator last season.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 18, 2005
An offseason of transition continued for the Ravens yesterday, when defensive coordinator Mike Nolan accepted an offer to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Barring any last-minute snag in contract talks, Nolan would become the fourth member of the Ravens' coaching and personnel staff to leave the organization over the past two weeks. When Nolan finalizes his deal with the 49ers - which could come as early as today - the Ravens are expected to promote defensive line coach Rex Ryan to coordinator.
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By KEN MURRAY | January 8, 2006
Reggie Bush handed over the national championship to Vince Young last week, but he may not have to surrender the top spot in the NFL draft to the Texas quarterback in April. According to ESPN, the Houston Texans still plan to select Southern California's spectacular running back with the first pick, Young's remarkable performance in the Rose Bowl notwithstanding. ESPN said sources told it that even though an "intermediary" for Young informed the Texans that the quarterback was leaning strongly toward entering the draft, they will stick with plans to take Bush.
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December 29, 2005
"It is an opportunity to utilize this as a home playoff game. There will be no talk whatsoever about any other scenario." Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Steelers coach, on not wanting his team to consider having a playoff spot clinched before kickoff "I want to see what she's got. I haven't played her since she was 12." Martina Hingis On facing Maria Sharapova upon Hingis' return to pro tennis "It's a hurdle you have to get over when you're losing. And that hurdle is much greater than your draft status."
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