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Falcons hire Bryan Cox as defensive line coach

Bryan cox, Jonathan Freeny AP

The Falcons didn’t wait long after the end of the regular season to say goodbye to their offensive and defensive line coaches as part of an effort to get tougher before the start of next season.

Former Vikings head coach and longtime NFL tight end Mike Tice was named the team’s new offensive line coach and now they’ve hired another former NFL player to coach up their defensive linemen. The team announced that Bryan Cox will join Mike Smith’s staff for the 2014 season.

Cox spent the last two years coaching the front seven in Tampa, but lost his job when the team made the move from Greg Schiano to Lovie Smith. Cox has also coached with the Jets, Dolphins and Browns since ending his playing career after the 2002 season. Cox played 12 years in the NFL with five teams, including the Dolphins, Bears and Jets.

The makeup of the Falcons defensive line is up in the air with defensive tackles Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters and Peria Jerry all headed for free agency. Peters is also coming off of an Achilles injury that will impact his readiness for the start of offseason workouts wherever he winds up.

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10 Responses to “Falcons hire Bryan Cox as defensive line coach”
  1. beedubyatoo says: Jan 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    If Cox coaches the D-Line the same way he played, they will certainly be passionate, but not very smart.

  2. dolfan72 says: Jan 12, 2014 10:43 AM

    I’d like to see him as head coach of the Dolphins! FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

  3. golicsloveschildfromphilly says: Jan 12, 2014 10:58 AM

    will he give the finger to Bills fans when he returns to Buffalo?

  4. fdugrad says: Jan 12, 2014 11:00 AM

    I remember him as a very loose cannon in his playing days. I don’t know how that translates when you are a coach.

  5. mcrummel says: Jan 12, 2014 11:31 AM

    I remember him as being overrated & tackling a lot of air.

  6. cheapglazers says: Jan 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    Smart hire!

  7. laxcoach37 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:20 PM

    He was an above average player (2 ProBowls), but almost every game cost his Teams ( Dolphins and Jets) a stupid untimely penalty. He has turned into a decent Coach and any team that includes him in their Staff is wise.

  8. saintswhodat318 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:25 AM

    Lol It doesn’t matter who the Falcaints draft are hire they will never win a Super Bowl! They are a joke of a franchise! Steven Jackson & Tony Gonzalez were great nfl players until & notice I said until! Until they join the horrible “joke” of the league falcant team!

  9. bmorefalcon says: Jan 13, 2014 11:34 AM

    saintswhodat318 says:Jan 13, 2014 9:25 AM

    Lol It doesn’t matter who the Falcaints draft are hire they will never win a Super Bowl! They are a joke of a franchise! Steven Jackson & Tony Gonzalez were great nfl players until & notice I said until! Until they join the horrible “joke” of the league falcant team!

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    Your Saints played a really great game this weekend.

    Bhahahahahaa!!

  10. 504in860 says: Jan 14, 2014 5:29 PM

    Your Falcons didn’t play a game this weekend.

    Bwahahahahahahahaha!

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