January 18, 2013
Atlanta Falcons' Nolan played key role in building San Francisco 49ers
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

Running back Frank Gore (21) is one of the key players Mike Nolan, now the Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator, brought into the San Francisco 49ers. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Mike Nolan only has himself to blame if San Francisco’s Frank Gore or Vernon Davis have a big game against his Atlanta Falcons defence on Sunday.

From 2005-07, Nolan was general manager and head coach of the 49ers. That’s when he made the final calls on acquiring the likes of Gore and Davis, who yet remain vital cogs in the Niners’ machine.

After Nolan went 4-12, 7-9 and 5-11 in his first three years in Frisco, he lost the GM title, then was fired as head coach after a 2-5 start in 2008.



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