D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Falcons will not be switching their defense to the 3-4 system that Nolan ran in years past.
This is probably the right decision for the team considering that it would a major overhaul up front to get the right players to make the scheme work. Add in the fact that they’re without a first-round pick and it really makes sense for them to stick with the 4-3.
Nolan had spent the last two season with the Miami Dolphins and helped turn their defense into a solid unit during that time. What’t interesting about this hire is that Nolan runs a 3-4 defense and Atlanta has built their defensive front based on the 4-3 which is why they signed Ray Edwards last year.
It will be interesting to see if they choose to make a change and could impact their draft strategy this year even though they’re without a first-round pick.