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Falcons hire Tosh Lupoi as Defensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator

Another change to the Falcons’ staff

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The Atlanta Falcons have hired Tosh Lupoi to be the team’s new defensive line/run game coordinator (DEs). The team’s coaching staff has remained predominately the same, but Dan Quinn has been shaking things up behind his coordinators.

Tosh Lupoi spent the 2019 season as the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line coach, where they allowed 144.7 rushing yards per game and 5 rushing yards per play, finishing the year ranked 30th in each category. In 2019, the Browns finished 20th in the NFL with 38 sacks, which was 10 more sacks than the Falcons finished with.

”We are happy to have Tosh join our coaching staff,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said via “We look forward to what he brings to our organization.”

Prior to joining the Cleveland Browns in 2019, Lupoi served under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama from 2014-2018. Quinn is starting to have an Alabama connection, previously hiring Steve Sarkisian after he served as an offensive analyst, and for one brief game, offensive coordinator for Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.

Lupoi’s roles included defensive analyst (2014-2015), outside linebackers coach (2016), co-defensive coordinator & outside linebackers coach (2017), and defensive coordinator & outside linebackers coach (2018). While serving as defensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide in 2018, Alabama had the 12th-best scoring defense and registered the fifth-most sacks in the nation.