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Falcons hire Georgia high school coaching legend to help with line

The Falcons have had plenty of coaching turnover since their Super Bowl loss, and are apparently dipping into the high school ranks to fill one vacancy.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons are hiring Jess Simpson (not that one) to become their assistant defensive line coach.

Simpson had just taken a job at Georgia State in December, but spent more than 20 years coaching at Georgia powerhouse Buford High School. He apparently got to know Falcons coach Dan Quinn then, when Quinn recruited two of his players to Florida.

Buford won 10 state championships while Simpson was there as an assistant and head coach. He was head coach for seven of those titles, and had a 164-12 record.

He’ll assist Bryant Young, who took over for the fired Bryan Cox coaching the defensive line.

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7 Responses to “Falcons hire Georgia high school coaching legend to help with line”
  1. steelbydesign says: Feb 14, 2017 7:04 AM

    I clicked this article only b/c of the picture.

  2. One For The D**k #Six says: Feb 14, 2017 8:31 AM

    The other Jess Simpson would have been a better hire. What a set of cannons…

  3. jjackwagon says: Feb 14, 2017 8:52 AM

    Sure could have used him a month ago.

  4. oldcracker says: Feb 14, 2017 9:22 AM

    What? Mike Pettine, his dad, or his high school buddies weren’t available? Afterall, the dad was a well respected high school in Pennsylvania.

    What’s Joe “Knuckles” Banner or Mike Dumbardi have to say about all of this???

  5. kane337 says: Feb 14, 2017 10:26 AM

    I really miss that Friday Night Lights TV show. It was great.

  6. redlikethepig says: Feb 14, 2017 10:32 AM

    They should have hired the health teacher … they know what to do in choking situations.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 14, 2017 10:56 AM

    The soundfx for the SB was epic. Atlanta players really thought they had the SB in the bag. But it turned out, the only thing they had in the bag was the biggest L in sports history.

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