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Falcons hire defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen from Saints

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons found their new defensive coordinator from an NFC South rival's coaching staff on Friday by hiring Ryan Nielsen, the former New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator.

Nielsen replaces Dean Pees, 73, who retired on Jan. 9 following two seasons in charge of the defense on coach Arthur Smith's staff.

The Falcons also announced three defensive assistants will not return next season: defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino and secondary coach Jon Hoke.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Tampa Bay 890.471
Carolina 7100.412
New Orleans 7100.412
Atlanta 7100.412
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: M. Mariota2219
Pass TDs: M. Mariota15
Rush Yds: T. Allgeier1035
Rush TDs: C. Patterson8
Rec Yds: D. London866
Rec TDs: D. London4
Int: R. Grant2
Sacks: G. Jarrett6.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5417 (24)
Passing Yards: 2927 (31)
Rushing Yards: 2718 (3)
Points per game: 21.5 (15)
Yards per game: 318.6 (24)
Touchdowns: 34 (19)
Field Goals: 32 (6)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6156 (27)
Passing Yards: 4090 (20)
Rushing Yards: 2214 (23)
Points per game: 22.7 (23)
Yards per game: 362.1 (27)
Touchdowns: 41 (19)
Field Goals: 33 (25)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
1/18 K. Hinton signed
1/16 K. Smith pract. squad del
1/9 J. Ali pract. squad add
1/9 J. Ali signed
1/9 B. Baylor signed
1/9 Q. Bell signed
1/9 A. Bledsoe signed
1/9 D. Etheridge signed
1/9 J. Guidry signed
1/9 T. Fisk signed
Injuries
Date Player Status
1/8 E. Wilkinson calf (Out)
1/1 E. Wilkinson calf (Questionable)
1/1 F. Franks concussion (Out)
12/31 C. Edoga knee (IR)
12/31 J. Moffatt calf (IR)
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