You have to take a step back before you can make a giant leap forward. For the Atlanta Falcons' defensive scheme, 2013 was that step back. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan finally has the pieces to make the leap forward with his defense in 2014.
The defensive line got much bigger and tougher. The linebackers got quicker and stronger. The cornerbacks became much more versatile. The weak links have either been removed or slid down the depth chart. Nolan now has his kind of player to work with.
"I'm a Mike Nolan Guy"
As the Paul Heyman of defensive talent selection, Mike Nolan picks and develops talent that goes to multiple Pro Bowls or makes multiple All-Pro teams. The list of players signed or drafted under his guidance as a defensive
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