Shanahan's Successor Has Some Fixing To Do

By: Associated press Email
By: Associated press Email

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Josh McDaniels went right to work Tuesday figuring out how to fix the dreadful Denver defense that was Mike Shanahan's undoing.

His first order of business: luring former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan to the cause. Nolan agreed late Tuesday to become the Broncos' fourth defensive coordinator in four years.

The 49-year-old Nolan served as defensive coordinator with the Ravens, Jets, Redskins and Giants before getting his first head coaching job in San Francisco, where he was fired midway through his fourth season last year.

He got his start in the NFL as a special teams and linebackers coach on Dan Reeves' staff in Denver from 1987-92. Team owner Pat Bowlen said on Monday that he was excited at the prospect of Nolan's return.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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