Falcons fire ST coach Ben Kotwica, name Jeff Ulbrich defensive coordinator

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The Falcons fired another member of their coaching staff on Monday.

The team announced that they have dismissed special teams coach Ben Kotwica. Head coach Dan Quinn was fired on Sunday after the Falcons dropped to 0-5 on the season.

Kotwica was hired by the Falcons before the 2019 season. He has also been a special teams coach with Washington and the Jets.

The Falcons also announced that Jeff Ulbrich will take over as defensive coordinator. Ulbrich was serving as linebackers coach and assistant head coach. Ulbrich has split defensive playcalling duties with Raheem Morris this season and it’s unclear how things will work now that Morris has been named the interim head coach.

Bernie Parmalee has been named the new special teams coordinator and Will Harriger will take over for Parmalee as the running backs coach.

8 responses to “Falcons fire ST coach Ben Kotwica, name Jeff Ulbrich defensive coordinator

  1. It’s about time. Any ST coach that doesn’t even make sure that his players understand the onside-kick rules, should be fired.

  2. He should have been let go immediately after the onsides kick fiasco. They called a timeout before the kick yet somehow guys still didn’t know what to do. Inexcusable. If a return guy makes some huge mistake he gets released Monday morning so the same should be true of coaches in egregious examples. Keeping him on sent the message that big screwups by coaches was just fine by Quinn.

  3. Most of these guys were starters in college, so they’ve never played special teams. And while I was yelling “FALL ON IT” along with the rest of the world, I’m sure there was one guy, maybe a Cowboy, yelling, “Let it roll!” So, they did. Group dynamics and all that.
    Still, should have been coached on that one, so it’s no surprise this guy is looking for new work. At the same time, I assume he’ll never make that mistake again and it’ll be the first thing he teaches every guy on whatever team he lands with.

  4. I think you made a mistake. I don’t see Parmalee moving from RB’s coach to defensive coordinator

  5. The Falcons players looking like they were playing Spin the Bottle on an onside kick, costing a win? That’ll cost you your job, yeah

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