Falcons Dismiss Three Assistant Line Coaches
The Atlanta Falcons announced yesterday that three assistant coaches will not return in 2014: offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn, and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.
Hill was hired by the team in 2012 after the team dismissed offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, Hill was last an offensive line coach when he served as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1996. Between 1997-2011, he was a successful head coach at Fresno State, where he compiled a 112-80 record with 11 bowl appearances.
Dunn was hired by the team in 2008 as an assistant offensive line coach, and promoted to share duties with Hill in 2012 after the Boudreau’s departure. Before his hiring in Atlanta, Dunn served as an assistant coach for 15 years on the college ranks.
Hamilton was also a 2008 hire, brought over by Smith from Jacksonville where he served five years as the defensive line coach of the Jaguars. Hamilton, a former NFL player that played nine seasons as a nose tackle with the New England Patriots from 1973-81, followed up his playing career in 1985 as an assistant coach with the Patriots. He spent the remaining years mostly as a defensive line coach with multiple teams having coached a number of top defensive linemen over the years including John Abraham, Hugh Douglas, Shaun Ellis, John Henderson, Howie Long, Willie McGinest, Eric Swann, and Greg Townsend.
The Falcons are expected to hire their replacements in the coming weeks.