Jay Glazer reports that the Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Mike Nolan on Friday.
The Cowboys had major defensive issues in 2020 and it was clear that ownership expected changes on that side of the ball this offseason.
Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy was a big supporter of Nolan, but it wasn’t going to be enough to save his job in the ned.
Nolan, 61, began his NFL coaching career with the Broncos as their special teams/linebackers coach back in 1987.
Since then, Nolan has worked for several teams including the Giants, Redskins, Jets, Ravens 49ers, Dolphins, Falcons and the Chargers before the Saints hired him as their linebackers coach in 2017.
The Cowboys hired Nolan as their defensive coordinator last January.
During his stint as 49ers’ head coach, Nolan led the team to a record of 18-37 over the course of 55 games.
In 2020, the Cowboys’ defense ranked No. 23 in fewest yards allowed, No. 28 in fewest points allowed, No. 31 in fewest rushing yards allowed and No. 11 in fewest passing yards allowed.