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Jan 08 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith paces the sideline against the New York Giants during the second half of the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at the MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

Falcons Hire Danna & Thomas to Complete Coaching Staff

The Atlanta Falcons  announced yesterday that they have hired Joe Danna as defensive backs coach and have promoted Glenn Thomas to quarterbacks coach and Andrew Weidinger to offensive assistant.

Danna served as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Miami Dolphins for the last two seasons where he worked under Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. In 2010, the Dolphins secondary ranked eighth in the NFL against the pass. Prior to joining the Dolphins, Danna spent two seasons in Atlanta as a defensive assistant (2008-09). In Miami, Danna developed talented youngsters Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, both big physical corners. Does this have any effect on the Grimes situation? Doubtful, but given Nolan’s and Danna’s track record for big corners that could lead them going in a different direction from Grimes.

Thomas served as an offensive assistant for the past four seasons. During his tenure in Atlanta the Falcons offense has seen its best production over a four-year span in franchise history. Prior to joining the Falcons in 2008, Thomas spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.

Weidinger spent the last four seasons as assistant to the head coach/offense, providing administrative help to Falcons head coach Mike Smith and assisting with managing data, research, daily practice scripts, schedules, calendars and assisting with the running backs. He joined the Falcons in 2007 as a personnel scout.

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