The Atlanta Falcons had a horrible and disappointing season coming off a previous season in which they were 10 yards from a Super Bowl appearance.
Amid a 4-12 record, and countless injuries, the Falcons won’t be a team firing coaches and blowing the whole thing up. According to Jay Glazer, Falcons defensive coordinator has been given a contract extension.
Falcons have signed DC Mike Nolan, whose contract expires, to an extension
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 30, 2013
the Falcons allowed 379.4 yards per game — ranked 27th in the league — and gave up 27.7 points per game (26th in the NFL), but Nolan will survive because the Falcons were rocked by injuries on that side of the ball.
“Look from a statistical standpoint, there’s no way we met our expectations,” Nolan toldESPN.com last week. “Especially after last year where in the significant areas — things like third down and red zone and takeaways, quarterback ratings and all that — we were outstanding a year ago. We were not this year.
“So I’m disappointed in that. So realistically, I would say we underachieved. At the same time, we’ve got a lot of young guys playing. But nobody wants to hear that. And I don’t even really want to hear it. Those guys busted their tails, and I can’t ask for anything more than that. And it’s my job also to motivate those guys to play at a higher level than they can, and I thought they did that. But was it enough all the time? Not really.”