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FILE - Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Smith, the new Atlanta Falcons coach, has started building his staff by hiring offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coach Marquice Williams.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Smith picks Ragone, Pees, Williams as Falcons' coordinators

Jan. 21, 2021 7:32 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith began assembling his staff on Thursday by naming Dave Ragone, Dean Pees and Marquice Williams as coordinators. Ragone, Pees and Williams will coordinate the Falcons' offense, defense and special teams, respectively. Also, Smith is retaining Falcons wide...

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris walks on the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City. The Los Angeles Rams have hired Raheem Morris to be their new defensive coordinator, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Rams tab Morris to replace Staley as defensive coordinator

Jan. 21, 2021 4:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have hired Raheem Morris to be their new defensive coordinator. Rams coach Sean McVay announced the hiring Thursday of Morris, the team's third defensive coordinator in three seasons. Morris replaces Brandon Staley, who became the Los Angeles Chargers' head coach...

Cowboys add 2 defensive assistants, promote strength coach

Jan. 21, 2021 2:30 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have named Joe Whitt Jr. secondary and passing game coordinator and Aden Durde defensive line coach while promoting Harold Nash Jr. to strength and conditioning coordinator. The moves announced Thursday help round out the staff under Mike McCarthy, who is going into...

This photo provided by the New Orleans Saints shows Terry Fonetenot in an undated photo. The Atlanta Falcons named Terry Fontenot the team’s general manager, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The 40-year-old Fontenot becomes Atlanta’s first Black general manager after spending 18 seasons with division rival New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints via AP)

Falcons name Saints' Terry Fontenot as general manager

Jan. 19, 2021 5:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday named Terry Fontenot the team's first Black general manager, and team owner Arthur Blank said it's the kind of hire that will eventually also create more opportunities for NFL minority coaches. The 40-year-old Fontenot joins Atlanta following 18 seasons with...

FILE - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, for their head coaching vacancy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Arthur Smith signs deal to be Falcons coach

Jan. 16, 2021 3:34 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Arthur Smith has signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons to be their next coach, the team announced Saturday. Smith, a former Tennessee Titans assistant, agreed to terms Friday. Neither Smith nor any other team official will be made available to reporters until next week....

FILE - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, for their head coaching vacancy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

Jan. 15, 2021 9:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. Atlanta agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team's head coach. Smith, only 38, has no experience as a head coach. The Falcons' last...

Atlanta Falcons say Arthur Smith has agreed to be next coach

Jan. 15, 2021 4:59 PM EST
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons say Arthur Smith has agreed to be next coach.
FILE - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino looks on during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Atlanta, in this Sept. 30, 2007, file photo. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted all of 13 games with the Atlanta Falcons, winning just three times before he slinked back to college in the middle of the night, leaving behind nothing more than a form letter for his abandoned players. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Column: Meyer faces tough adjustment heading to NFL Jaguars

Jan. 15, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Before the good folks in Jacksonville get too fired up about the arrival of Urban Meyer, let’s review a few cautionary tales. Like Nick Saban. And Steve Spurrier. And perhaps the biggest flop of all when it comes to college coaches going pro, Bobby Petrino. Back in 2007, Petrino lasted all of 13 games...

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, file photo, Miami head coach Manny Diaz calls out a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Louisville in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Hurricanes’ head coach — and former defensive coordinator — will call the plays on that side of the football in 2021, he said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 while announcing a slew of other changes including the return of Jess Simpson to coach defensive line(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Hurricanes shake up defensive coaching staff for 2021

Jan. 14, 2021 4:47 PM EST

Manny Diaz decided someone else needed to call Miami’s defensive plays. He chose himself. The Hurricanes’ head coach — and former defensive coordinator — will call the plays on that side of the football in 2021, he said Thursday, while announcing a slew of other changes including the...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy greets a player during the second half of the team's AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Kansas City, Mo. One year ago, Bieniemy and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh missed out on the coaching carousel despite being coordinators of the two Super Bowl teams. The two figure to be near the top of many of the lists of possible head coaching candidates again this offseason when the NFL is hoping some new rules lead to more opportunities for minority coaches. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Chiefs' Bieniemy focused on Browns, not vacant coaching jobs

Jan. 14, 2021 4:11 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Bieniemy spent last week speaking to just about every NFL franchise with a vacant head coaching job. The Chiefs offensive coordinator doesn't want to waste a second on it this week. “Let me just say this: It was an honor and a privilege, but that’s not what we're...