The team announced yesterday that they have completed their coaching staff by promoting offensive assistant Glenn Thomas to quarterbacks coach, and hired Joe Danna as defensive backs coach. Thomas spent the past four seasons with the team as their offensive assistant. The team hired Andrew Weidinger to replace him in that role. Danna was previously on the Falcons staff as a defensive assistant from 2008-09 before going to the Miami Dolphins, where he worked under new Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan as the assistant defensive backs coach. Weidinger spent the past four years with the Falcons as an administrative assistant to Mike Smith, after joining the team in 2007 as a scout.
Thomas replaces Bob Bratkowski, who moved onto Jacksonville alongside former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. Thomas joined the Falcons in 2008 after seven seasons as an assistant at Division II school Midwestern State. For the final four years he served as that team’s offensive coordinator, after working with wide receivers his first three years.
Danna takes over for Alvin Reynolds, and will team with Tim Lewis to try and improve the Falcons secondary.Danna was a college assistant before joining the Falcons, coaching defensive backs at James Madison (2007) and under former Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder at Georgia Southern (2006). Prior to that he spent four years as an assistant at Central Michigan, where he coached wide receivers, safeties, and worked as an assistant on special teams. Danna helped improve the Dolphins secondary in 2010, which improved from 24th ranked against the pass in 2009 to 8th ranked a year later.
Prior to joining the Falcons in 2007, Weidinger spent several years in various positions at the University of Arizona.