Thomas, Nolan have mutual admiration

When Niners coach Mike Nolan was defensive coordinator in Baltimore, he worked with a young linebacker named Adalius Thomas. Now Thomas plays for the New England Patriots and he’ll face his old D-coordinator this week in San Francisco.

As Nolan prepared his squad to take on the Patriots, he tried to hide his admiration for the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, reports Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

“Only it didn’t take long before his cover was blown,” Guregian writes. “Nolan couldn’t keep the insults going. If anything, the 49ers coach proved a card-carrying member of the Adalius Thomas fan club.” Full story

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