Emmitt Thomas, a Hall of Fame defensive back who has coached the Falcons’ secondary since 2002, is leaving the team.
Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Thomas’ contract has not been renewed.
“Everyone here in the Falcons organization has the utmost respect for Emmitt, and we deeply appreciate his contributions to our team over the years,” coach Mike Smith said, per Ledbetter. “We wish Emmitt the best in his future endeavors.”
Thomas served as interim head coach after Bobby Petrino bolted during the 2007 season.
In 2003, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis wanted to hire Thomas to serve as defensive coordinator, but the Falcons declined to grant permission.
Thomas, 66, interviewed for a handful of head-coaching jobs during his 29-year career as an NFL assistant coach. The future plans of the former Chiefs defensive back currently aren’t known, but the fact that he didn’t retire from the Falcons suggests to us that he plans to keep working.