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Atlanta Falcons make several coaching moves

11 February, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Mae Harvey
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The Atlanta Falcons are promoting former Bengals defensive back Marquand Manuel from secondary coach/senior defensive assistant to defensive coordinator, according to a report by ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.

On Wednesday, the team said coach Dan Quinn has dismissed coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

Smith had been with the Falcons since 2015, when he was named defensive coordinator after serving as linebackers coach for the Broncos and Panthers. Manuel played for eight seasons in the NFL.

The Atlanta Falcons have their new defensive coordinator. Manuel was the secondary coach and senior defensive assistant for the Falcons.

It is an inexperienced but athletic unit that showed its potential in the playoffs but wore down in the Super Bowl, giving up 31 unanswered points to the New England Patriots after being trapped on the field for more than 90 plays.

Mallory, 52, is entering his third season with the Falcons, after spending last season as the defensive assistant/defensive backs coach and his first year with the Falcons as the defensive assistant/linebackers coach. There was no offensive passing game coordinator on the 2016 staff.

Young, 45, brings five years of coaching experience to the Falcons.

Young, a four-time Pro bowler, played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 2007 and was a nominee for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The team announced Steve Sarkisian would take over as offensive coordinator after Kyle Shanahan was named the San Francisco 49ers new head coach.

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