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Report: Falcons set to hire Joe Whitt Jr. as secondary coach

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The well-regarded coach is a nice hire for Dan Quinn and Raheem Morris, who are tweaking the staff on defense.

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Recently interviewed Joe Whitt Jr. is now in the process of becoming the newest secondary coach for the Falcons, per ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.

The Atlanta Falcons put forth a plan to shake up the coaching staff a bit this offseason, with the biggest change so far being assistant coach Raheem Morris being named as the full-time defensive coordinator. Predictably, he has chosen to make a couple of changes to his staff, having cut ties with passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson and assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons have made the decision to hire former Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers passing game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. to the position of secondary coach.

Whitt is a former Atlanta Falcons staff member dating back to 2007, as he held the title of assistant defensive backs coach. From there, he moved on to the Packers as a defensive quality control/cornerbacks coach between 2008-2018. During that time, Whitt coached up Charles Woodson, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields, and Tramon Williams, and was a key member of the 2010 Packers Super Bowl championship season.

This past season, Whitt served as secondary coach/passing game coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He oversaw a unit that was tied for eighth in the NFL in interceptions, and would surely focus on getting more turnovers out of a young, hopefully improving Falcons secondary.