Report: Dallas Cowboys fire defensive coordinator Mike Nolan

Peter Dewey
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The Dallas Cowboys reportedly fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan on Friday.

Nolan had been the New Orleans Saints linebackers coach from 2017 to 2019 before joining the Cowboys staff for the 2020 season under new head coach Mike McCarthy.

However, Nolan’s defense struggled mightily and the Cowboys missed the playoffs despite the fact that the NFC East didn’t have a team over .500 this season.

The Cowboys ranked 28th in the NFL in points allowed and 23rd in yardage allowed.

Their rushing defense was the second-worst in the league this season, as they allowed 2,541 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.

Dallas struggled on both sides of the ball during the 2020 season, but the offensive struggles can mainly be attributed to the injury to star quarterback Dak Prescott.

While Dallas’ defense improved as the year went on, it wasn’t enough to save Nolan’s job.

It will be interesting to see if Nolan returns to the Saints next season as a position coach, or if he will find a job in the league at all.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.