Atlanta Falcons: Nolan calls his plays from coaches’ booth

 Falcons head coach Mike Smith (left) and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (right) will want to see better third down defense against the Dolphins after Cincinnati converted on 8 of 14 (54 percent) on Thursday.  Here they are keeping a close eye on the cornerbacks during drills in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons head coach Mike Smith (left) and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (right) will want to see better third down defense against the Dolphins after Cincinnati converted on 8 of 14 (54 percent) on Thursday. Here they are keeping a close eye on the cornerbacks during drills in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Former defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder called the game from the sidelines. Nolan prefers to work from the coaches’ booth upstairs.

“Mike is a guy that feels more comfortable in the press box,” Smith said. “So we’ve had to re-work the communications process from Mike calling it up the box to relaying it through the sideline.”

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39 comments Add your comment

philip

August 21st, 2012
6:08 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!!!!

Another Rick

August 21st, 2012
6:10 pm

philip

August 21st, 2012
6:10 pm

Where is the coaches midterm grades???? Would be interesting to read.

Henry D.

August 21st, 2012
7:38 pm

From what we’ve seen so far obviously the communications process needs to be re-worked again!

KINGDAWG

August 21st, 2012
8:15 pm

Sure this wasn’t meant for twitter?

Pappy

August 21st, 2012
8:26 pm

Too brief for a tweet!

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PMC

August 21st, 2012
9:24 pm

um….ok. Does he also like to grab a hotdog and a soda too while calling plays?

Esquire

August 21st, 2012
9:53 pm

Trollology 101
Attempt to ignore that you’re wass has been reamed, pretend nothing has happened even though anti-troll has given you butt whuppin[’ of which you won’t recover without wince.

Seen This B4

August 21st, 2012
1:03 pm

@Esqueer: What’s a matter? Still mad you lost your backup LT Will Svitek for the season, at practice?!!

Seen……amateurish even for you……tisch tisch tisch limp glove slap to the face.

BLEAUX SAINTS!!!

SirReal

August 21st, 2012
10:01 pm

Good. I like my DC being able to see everything from up top.

cwag

August 21st, 2012
10:08 pm

I think ALL coordinators should be in the booth…especially the defensive coordinators…they can see how the players line up by the schemes

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Sir Clairvoyant

August 21st, 2012
10:49 pm

Nolan seems to have a good command on his approach to communicating his D. Mike Smith might learn a lot from the OC & DC.

jgsbirds

August 21st, 2012
11:16 pm

SeenThisB4

August 21st, 2012
11:19 pm

Some common ground: Payton will not be on the sidelines either when he calls his plays. He’ll be next door at the Benson Tower next to the Superdome with CCTV and encrypted audio to Brees headset.

@Esqueer: Still? Must have hammered a nerve.

GEAUX. SAINTS!!!

John Kimble

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 am

Hell of an article….

John Kimble

August 22nd, 2012
12:55 am

Dled, why are all of your links dead?

Jimmy Crack

August 22nd, 2012
7:21 am

If I was a coach up in the press box I would tint those dang windows. Sometimes a nose just has to be picked.

Mike is Back

August 22nd, 2012
8:04 am

Dled, Mike Nolan is a proven commodity in the NFL…that the difference between him and his predecessor…we got three top flight aggressive corners now…they will get the kinks work out…I think come the regularly season…Mike and Mike will have these guys ready to go.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
8:40 am

philip — They didn’t want to do grades. Sounds a C for the defense (he wasn’t happy about the missed tackles or pass defense vs. Cincy.). An a B-plus for the offense. He likes the passing attack and doesn’t think it’s a big deal that haven’t run the ball well.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
8:41 am

KINGDAWG and Pappy — Was told to put up all the notes, that’s what I’m doing. Nice little note and keep it moving.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
8:42 am

PMC – I don’t think Coach Mike is a hot dog and soda guy. He’s probably a burger and Jack guy.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
8:43 am

John Kimble — Went in a fixed the links. Don’t know what happened there.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
8:44 am

John Kimble — BTW, it’s not an article. It’s a note. Read the note and keep it moving.

D man

August 22nd, 2012
8:54 am

Whatever works, I like what he has the first team doing so far this preseason. The only thing that has bothered me is the third and longs that have been converted. Gotta get off the field this season.

Also, I have been watching the saints, panthers and Bucs first halfs of games and none of their first teams look as sharp as our Falcons. We are playing with a chip on our shoulder mentality and it shows. I hope we carry that over into the season.

PMC

August 22nd, 2012
8:57 am

That’s the DC for me. A burger and Jack guy. Bob Uecker can just stop by the coaches booth when he’s in the building.

Mikey

August 22nd, 2012
8:59 am

DLED… thanks for posting the note… this isn’t the Sunday Sports section and it is fine to post a brief note so we know what is going on. I appreciate it! I’d like to hear more about what our new draft choices are doing though; especially Lamar Holmes who is gaining more attetion with the injury to Svitek. Also, it would be nice to hear what the QB battle is looking like on the practice field. Is there any chance the D. Davis will get to play with the second string offense just to see what he looks like with offensive players on the field?

Mikey

August 22nd, 2012
9:04 am

M. Nolan is a real pro… he knows that he will have more visibility and access to more tools to do a better job in the press box. It might be more fun to be on the sidelines but it is not more effective. Radios have been working for several years now to support audio communication so that shouldn’t be a problem. They will get it worked out. It is so nice to see this team continue searching for improvement on all fronts! GO FALCONS!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
9:06 am

Mikey — Thanks. Think of the note as a quick screen pass. Throw it and get back to the huddle. I spoke with Lamar yesterday and will be posting something on him later today. He’s ready to go one minute, but knows it’s a very, very, very big deal the next. Falcons’ brass have a lot riding on the kid. I like his kick-ass attitude. Not sure if he’s ready.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
9:07 am

PMC – Uecker would take his sipping cup away and have to refill it.

PMC

August 22nd, 2012
9:22 am

I’m kind of concerned about Holmes health. He hasn’t been able to train virtually at all, now he’s basically right in the fire. As thin as we are at Tackle, it’s not a good omen.

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
9:52 am

John Kimble

August 22nd, 2012
12:04 am

Hell of an article….
_________________________________________________

It’s not an article, it’s a sentence.

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
10:56 am

SeenThisB4

August 21st, 2012
11:19 pm

Some common ground: Payton will not be on the sidelines either when he calls his plays. He’ll be next door at the Benson Tower next to the Superdome with CCTV and encrypted audio to Brees headset.
___________________________________________
Wow, I’m impressed. Admitting your team cheats…..
……I’m gonna have to save this post!

BLEAUX AINTS!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

Esquire — It’s a note!

Trailboss

August 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

This is a good to see the entire field from high up i.e. just when deep and the corner is having problems re-adjusting or he has a limp from a pull muscle,etc. you can see that from up high where as on the field level you’ll never see it because you’re on lever ground and you can’t see the entire field.Good move I love it… Maybe we should start to pay attention to the system.

JoFo

August 22nd, 2012
4:44 pm

Esquire – I LOVE it! Lol!!!!

beone

August 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Dled,

Nice editing.

Yves

August 23rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Esquire ? Isn’t that a magazine for gossip women ? Lol

ParanoidAndroid

August 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm

Smitty called plays from up top when he was in Jacksonville. No biggie