Vaughn McClure of ESPN cites a source that the Atlanta Falcons are set to interview Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rush specialist assistant coach Bryan Cox for their vacant defensive line coach position. The Falcons dismissed defensive line coach Ray Hamilton at the end of the 2013 season.
Was just told by a reliable source that former Bucs pass rush coach is set to interview for Falcons DL coach opening.
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 9, 2014
Cox has previous experience working with Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, both as a player and an assistant. Cox played under Nolan in 2000, when both were with the New York Jets, the former as a linebacker and the latter as defensive coordinator. They then hooked up again in 2011 with the Miami Dolphins, this time with Cox serving as the pass rush specialist under Nolan.
Cox played 12 seasons in the NFL after being a fifth round pick by the Miami Dolphins in 1991. Cox played five seasons with the Dolphins, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl during that time. He then joined the Chicago Bears (1996-97), Jets (1998-00), New England Patriots (2001), and New Orleans Saints (2002) before calling it quits. Cox spent the bulk of his career playing middle linebacker and earned a Super Bowl in 2001 with the Patriots.
Soon after his departure from the league as a player, Cox found himself as an assistant coach, beginning with the Jets in 2006 as defensive line coach under head coach Eric Mangini. In 2009, he followed Mangini to Cleveland where he served in the same capacity. After Mangini’s dismissal in 2011, Cox left Cleveland to join Nolan in Miami. Then in 2012, he was hired by Greg Schiano to become the pass rush specialist coach with the Buccaneers.