bulldog Posted October 22, 2005 Share Posted October 22, 2005 I have seen in repeated press reports before this weekend's game a linkage between the presence of Nolan as the Redskins DC and the team's last playoff appearance in 1999. the fact is, Nolan and his defensive unit were largely tourists that season. Nolan's defense ranked #29 in the NFL and dead last against the run that year. The offense with Johnson's 4,000 yards passing and Davis' 1,400 yards rushing were what carried the team to a 10-6 record and the postseason. Nolan consistently refused to pressure the qb despite having Green and Bailey outside as cover corners. We continually watched teams go 70-80 yards against the defense 5-6 yards at a pop. Indeed, in the final game of the year in the playoffs against the Bucs the Redskins defense couldn't protect a lead in a close game and allowed Tampa and rookie quarterback Shawn King to score 14 fourth quarter points to steal the game. So, lets put to bed this myth that Nolan was a guy whose unit produced and who was unceremoniously dumped by Snyder after the fact Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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