NFC Championship 2013, 49ers vs. Falcons: Mike Nolan ready to face his former team

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Nolan calls Colin Kaepernick a "chore."

Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said at his Tuesday press conference that his time as the San Francisco 49ers head coach is "water under the bridge" at this point, via CSN Bay Area.

Nolan was the 49ers' head coach from 2005 into 2008 before being fired after a 2-5 start. He went to the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins and now to the Falcons after that stint. Sunday marks the first time since his stint in San Francisco that he will face his former team.

"It's been four years, but this is my third stop since then so there is a lot of water under the bridge from that standpoint. I've got great memories from that place, a lot of good things happened as well. Obviously getting fired is not a good thing, but, nonetheless, there are a lot of players still playing there that we added and that we'll get to see. I look forward to seeing them before the game."

Nolan's biggest challenge Sunday won't be seeing the the red and white uniforms in person once again, but stopping that team's quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick ripped apart the Green Bay Packers' defense in last week's divisional round win. He threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns, leading the 49ers to a convincing 45-31 win to advance into Sunday's NFC Championship game.

Nolan called Kaepernick a "game wrecker":

"He's more like Cam Newton probably than (Russell) Wilson. He's got great open field speed. He's probably as fast as any of the guys in the open field. He's elusive like the other guys but he's a bigger target. He's done an outstanding job.

As you all see, and I see the same thing you see, as far as having the ability to not only run but to throw and command the offense as well as he has, but it's a similar offense to what he had in college. I don't want to say it's the same offense but it's similar. They've got different weapons around him and I think he uses those weapons very well. He's a chore. He's a game wrecker, as we would call him. He's a good player."

The top-seeded Falcons host Kaepernick and the 49ers at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.