WBIR of Knoxville reports that Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis will not be joining the Falcons as an assistant coach. Chavis interviewed this past weekend for the vacant linebackers coach position, but has decided to stay on at Tennessee.
Chavis has served in his current capacity since 1995, originally joining the University of Tennessee, his alma mater, in 1989 as defensive line and linebackers coach. Chavis has no previous pro coaching experience, having served in the college ranks since 1979.
Linebackers coach remains the only key spot on Mike Smith’s new coaching staff yet to be filled. Last year, Brian VanGorder served in that capacity, but has since been promoted to defensive coordinator. Chavis worked with current Falcons defensive line coach Ray Hamilton while with the Vols in 1992.