AUSTIN, Texas —
From a personnel standpoint, he lost perhaps his best cornerback, Brent Grimes, to a season-ending injury in the very first game, and had to come up with new ways to get pressure on the quarterback after underperforming defensive end Ray Edwards was released. Now, in the biggest game yet, he might have to get by without his top defensive end, John Abraham, who is hobbled by an ankle injury.
Nolan looks forward to the challenge.
Sure, he would like another shot at being a head coach — and already met with the Eagles about their opening — but he insists that being a coordinator is the best job in football.
"Being a head coach might be great, but there's a tremendous amount of headaches and stuff that doesn't even involve football," Nolan said. "As a coordinator, you get to call a game and you get to coach guys. That's it."