Defensive coordinator Richard Smith is being replaced while defensive line coach Bryan Cox is being let go by the team, a team source informed of the moves told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. Smith could stay with the Falcons in an advisory role, Rapoport reported.
In addition, the team is expected to promote from within for the defensive coordinator job. Defensive backs coach Marquand Manuel and linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich are two potential candidates for the position, Rapoport reported.
Smith, 61, had been the team's defensive coordinator in title since 2015. Before coming to Atlanta, he was the Broncos' linebackers coach.
So it goes in Atlanta, where the team now has a new offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, and will be on the hunt for a new defensive coordinator as well.