Report: Falcons To Interview Browns DL Coach Joe Cullen

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The longtime defensive line coach is being considered for the Falcons' defensive line coach vacancy. Symmetrical!

Joe Cullen is the first candidate for the Falcons' defensive line coach vacancy that we've heard of, thanks to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

This is an interesting interview for a few different reasons. First, he's got a ton of experience, rising through the college ranks before reaching the Detroit Lions back in 2006 through 2008. He spent 2009 at the University of Idaho before a three-year stint as the defensive line coach in Jacksonville, moving on to the Cleveland Browns for 2013 and presiding over a very talented line there. At every stop, he's been a guy players and coaches have praised for his intensity, player development and coaching.

Cullen is, unfortunately, most famous for driving through a Wendy's drive-thru pantsless in 2006 while drunk. He had several drinking-related incidents in 2005 and 2006 that led to him being fined $20,000, given two years' probation and placed in the league's alcohol rehab program. It was obviously a hugely embarrassing incident for Cullen, and you don't shake an incident like that easily.

By all accounts, Cullen has been clean since then. Everything I've read about him suggests he's a good coach, and he should bring some much-needed passion and intensity to a unit that needs some re-tooling this off-season, if he is indeed hired. We'll see what happens when the Falcons interview him.

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