Today the Falcons announced the hiring of Alvin Reynolds as the team’s new defensive backs coach. He will work with assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas who will also have responsibilities in the secondary this year as he did a year ago. Reynolds had spent 5 years with new head coach Mike Smith in Jacksonville, coaching their defensive backs. With the hiring of Reynolds, the only major void remaining on Smith’s coaching staff is who will be in charge of linebackers.
Reynolds joined Jacksonville after four seasons as a defensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers. Previously he worked as the secondary coach with the Baltimore Ravens (1996-98), and was a defensive assistant with the Denver Broncos (1993-95) as well. His prior experience came on the collegiate level, working as an assistant at Indiana State for 11 seasons. He joined them as a graduate assistant in 1982, and was promoted to coach the secondary in 1983. He added the title of assistant head coach in 1990. Reynolds played strong safety at Indiana State (1978-81) and received two Heisman votes as a senior.