Special to SEGAZINE
Coach Mike Smith took his first steps to help the Atlanta Falcons return to NFL relevance, firing defensive line coach Ray Hamilton and offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn on Monday night.
One day after ending a 4-12 season, Smith said the team must get tougher to win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the line.
Smith said that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will return next season.
The firings of Hamilton, Hill and Dunn were hardly surprising as Atlanta’s offensive and defensive lines rarely won game-long battles on the line of scrimmage.