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Former Falcons defensive backs coach Charlie Jackson heads to college

Jackson was quietly fired over a week into the offseason.

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The biggest offseason news for the Falcons, after hiring Dirk Koetter, is definitely Dan Quinn taking over the Falcons defense. Marquand Manuel was allowed to coach elsewhere, and the one other change was firing defensive assistant and defensive backs coach Charlie Jackson.

Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jackson is now the head coach for Kentucky State.

“Charlie Jackson is a leader in the highest sense,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “His ability to connect with players and coaches is remarkable. Charlie’s awareness for the situation and what’s needed at the crucial time will provide the team at Kentucky State a clear vision toward success in all areas.”

Quinn is certainly not throwing any coaches under the bus after they move on. Jackson may be great but he was indeed fired without an immediate replacement. Here’s what we had to say when he was unceremoniously fired without an official press release (that we could find).

Charlie Jackson has previously worked as a defensive coach and college scout, and served as a defensive assistant for the team since February 2017. There’s not too much info on Jackson either, who is apparently out along with Marquand Manuel.

Jackson is one of the last unemployed coaches fired from the team this offseason. Wade Harman has since joined the Denver Broncos, Steve Sarkisian ended up with Alabama, and Keith Armstrong is in Tampa Bay. Marquand Manuel is the lone big name that is both unsigned and has had no reported interest.