The Atlanta Falcons made several more coaching hires today, completing the coaching staff of new head coach Dan Quinn. In addition to officially announcing the previously reported hires of Marquand Manuel as secondary coach/senior defensive assistant, Chris Morgan as offensive line coach and Jeff Ulbrich as linebackers coach, the team announced Keith Carter as assistant offensive line coach, Doug Mallory as defensive assistant, Mike McDaniel as offensive assistant and Chad Walker as defensive assistant. Differentiating their capacities, Mallory will work with the Falcons linebackers alongside Ulbrich while Walker will work in the secondary alongside Manuel.
Carter, 32, rejoins Quinn, who he coached alongside in 2013 with the Seattle Seahawks. Then, Carter was in his second year with the Seahawks as an offensive quality coach. He spent 2014 as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at San Jose State. Prior to his work in Seattle, Carter served as tight ends (2009) and offensive line coach (2010-11) at the University of San Diego. Prior to that stint, he was offensive line coach at the University of Redlands (2007-08) and tight ends coach at Wagner (2006). Carter played collegiate ball at UCLA, playing tight end. He is the grandson of Gino Marchetti, a Hall of Fame defensive end who played mostly with the Baltimore Colts from 1953 to 1966.
Mallory, 50, is the son of former collegiate head coach Bill Mallory, working under his father as a graduate assistant at Indiana University in 1988 and later as a defensive backs/special teams coach from 1994 to 1996. In between, Mallory worked as offensive line coach at Army (1989) and defensive coordinator/linebackers/special teams coach at Western Kentucky (1990-93). After his second stop at Indiana, Mallory went on to become the secondary coach at Maryland (1997-00) and then worked under head coach Les Miles both at Oklahoma State (2001-04) and LSU (2005-08) as a defensive backs coach. In 2008, he was promoted as co-defensive coordinator at LSU before going to the University of New Mexico in the full capacity the following year. He would once again find himself back at Indiana in 2011, working as defensive coordinator for three seasons, while also working with safeties. He played defensive back at Michigan in the late 1980s.
McDaniel, 31, has connections to Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, having worked with him at his last three stops. He was first introduced to Shanahan in 2005 as a coaching intern with Denver, working under Kyle’s father, Mike. Then in 2006, he joined Houston’s coaching staff alongside Shanahan as an offensive assistant. In 2009, he become a running backs coach under head coach Dennis Green with the California Redwoods (later Sacramento Mountain Lions) of the United Football League for two seasons. In 2011, he rejoined both Shanahans in Washington as an offensive assistant and was then promoted to wide receivers coach in 2013. In 2014, he followed Kyle to Cleveland, serving as wide receivers coach there. McDaniel played wide receiver at Yale.
Walker served with Quinn as a defensive quality control coach with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-07. There, he also worked under head coach Nick Saban, who he had previously worked as a defensive quality control coach at LSU from 2003 to 2004. Prior to that, Walker served as a graduate assistant at West Virginia (2001) and Louisiana-Monroe (2002) after being a student assistant at LSU in 2000. After his stint with the Dolphins, Walker moved on to coach defensive backs at Bryant University in 2008, and then was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2010. In 2011, he moved on to Mississippi College, a Division III school, serving as defensive coordinator for two seasons. He became a quality control assistant with the University of Oklahoma in 2013 and served there the past two seasons.