Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Atlanta Falcons defensive backs coach Joe Danna has been hired by the New York Jets, presumably for the same position. The Jets hired Todd Bowles as their new head coach earlier this week, who was a candidate for the Falcons’ vacancy.
Danna coached with Bowles during their shared time with the Miami Dolphins from 2010-11, before joining the Falcons. Danna came over from Miami alongside Mike Nolan, who joined the Falcons as defensive coordinator. Here in Atlanta, Danna worked with Tim Lewis to coach the Falcons’ secondary.
Danna had previously been an assistant with the Falcons from 2008-09 as a defensive assistant. He spent a year each as the defensive backs coach at James Madison University and Georgia Southern prior to his first stint. At the latter school, he worked under former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. Prior to his time at Georgia Southern, Danna coached four seasons at his alma mater, Central Michigan, coaching in various positions. He worked with wide receivers, safeties and on special teams units during his time at Central Michigan. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia alongside VanGorder. Danna played wide receiver at Central Michigan from 1995 to 1998.
Danna is one of a handful of current Falcons assistants that have already departed the team. Reports indicate that the Falcons are being very selective with the coaches they allow to seek other positions, having blocked offensive line coach Mike Tice and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong from seeking other jobs. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter already departed for the same position with division rival, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.