Although the Atlanta Falcons don't officially have their coach, the rest of the staff appears to be coming together.
Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith has agreed to join the staff and will likely get the defensive coordinator title, Rapoport reported. Smith will primarily be charged with setting up the run defense, Breer added.
Smith has been Denver's linebackers coach since 2011. His last defensive coordinator stint came in Houston, where he led a team that finished ninth, ninth and 11th in total defense from 2006-2008.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Jan. 18 that the Falcons plan to hire Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as the team's next head coach, but cannot do so until the Seahawks' season comes to an end. Atlanta also plans on hiring former Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in the same capacity with the Falcons, Rapoport reported.
It's a peculiar, if not unorthodox approach to assembling a staff, but when the guy a team wants isn't free to go yet because his team is still playing for the Lombardi Trophy, the suitors must wait. It appears as though Atlanta is content with waiting and filling in the smaller gaps in the meantime.