Falcons hire Tosh Lupoi as defensive line/run game coordinator

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Tosh Lupoi was hired as the Falcons’ defensive line/run game coordinator (defensive ends) on Saturday.

“We are happy to have Tosh join our coaching staff,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “We look forward to what he brings to our organization.”

Lupoi, 38, was the Browns’ defensive line coach last season.

Before joining the Browns, Lupoi spent five seasons on the staff at Alabama under Nick Saban.

After Jeremy Pruitt took the Tennessee Volunteers job after the 2017 season, Lupoi was named the defensive coordinator. After one year on the job, Lupoi left for the Browns. In his last game as defensive coordinator, Clemson hung 44 points on the Crimson Tide.

Lupoi joins secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. as new members of the Falcons' coaching staff.

Whitt was hired as the secondary coach Thursday.

Whitt was with the Browns during the 2019 season as the defensive backs coach and passing-game coordinator.

The Falcons released Jerome Henderson, who was the defensive passing-game coordinator, and Travis Jones, who was the assistant defensive line coach earlier this offseason.

The team said Henderson and Jones were leaving "to pursue new career opportunities."

Also, tight ends coach Mike Mularkey retired Thursday.


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