Three Falcons coaches not returning in 2014 | News
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons today announced that offensive line coaches Paul Dunn and Pat Hill and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton will not return for the 2014 season.
The changes in came in a one sentence press release Monday evening.
The Falcons lost their last game of the season Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. That was Tony Gonzalez's final game.
The Falcons offensive line gave up 44 sacks (20th in NFL), including 9 in the final regular season game vs. the Panthers. Matt Ryan was also hit 100 times. It's the 5th most QB hits given up by any O-Line in the league. The defensive line managed only 32 sacks - that ranks 29th out of 32 teams.
During a press conference Monday before the firings were announced, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "Our offensive line, there's no mystery about that, we've had some challenges that have been difficult, not only for our offensive line, but also for (Matt Ryan). He's a very important player, and that's vital that we protect #2. I believe, where things went awry offensive line-wise is more the missed-assessment on the readiness of this o-line to play together as a unit. I thought over and over how I could summarize that, and that's what I came up with. Individually we have some players that are developing along the offensive line that we think have upside. Some were challenged more than others this year. Some played at times well, other times they struggled. We're going to do all that we can to correct that at many levels."