ESPN.com reports that former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast might land in Atlanta as a replacement for assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas, who didn’t have his contract renewed with the team.
Pendergast spent one season with the Chiefs after spending five seasons as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator. This past season the Chiefs defense finished 29th and 30th in scoring and total defense, respectively. Pendergast also worked with the Chief secondary, which finished 22nd in pass defense this year.
Thomas had spent the past eight seasons with the Falcons, mainly in charge of the teams defensive backs during his tenure. But he also served as the team’s interim head coach for the final three games of the 2007 season after the departure of Bobby Petrino. Thomas was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star blogs that the Chiefs should hire Thomas to replace Pendergast, making the potential for a swap of assistants between the two teams.