Last week, it was reported that the Falcons would not retain strength and conditioning coach Jeff Fish due to “philosophical differences.” At that time, it was reported that A.J. Niebel would be replacing him in the role. Well, earlier this week the team made that move official. They also announced that Marty Lauzon would be promoted to the role of director of sports medicine and performance, another move that was reported last week, after spending the past three years as the team’s head athletic trainer.
Niebel joined the Falcons in 2011 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He served under Fish, who was hired in 2008. Prior to working with the Falcons, most of Niebel’s NFL experience came working as an assistant with the Oakland Raiders for six years (2003-09). During that time he also served as a consultant for the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball and their Class A club in San Jose.
Lauzon began his pro football career working as an intern with the Montreal Machine of the World League in 1992 before joining the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League the following year. He joined the Cleveland Browns in 1999, and would then be promoted to head athletic trainer for his final four years there before resigning in 2009. He was hired in 2010 by the Falcons to replace long-time Falcons trainer Ron Medlin.