Marquand Manuel to stay with Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons secondary/senior defensive assistant coach Marquand Manuel turned down an offer to be passing-game coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars and will remain with the Falcons, it was confirmed Saturday.

Manuel interviewed with the Jaguars for their defensive coordinator job. They elected to stay internally with Todd Wash and offered Manuel the passing-game coordinator post.

The Falcons interviewed Dallas secondary coach Jerome Henderson on Friday. The only known opening on the Falcons staff is at wide receivers, after coach Terry Robiskie left to become Tennessee’s offensive coordinator.

The Falcons wanted to have most of their coaching staff set before going to the Senior Bowl week, which starts Monday. Dallas’ coaching staff is working the game along with Jacksonville’s staff.

Jacksonville coach Gus Bradley interviewed Manual, Miami’s Lou Anarumo and Jim Schwartz, who recently accepted Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator position.

Manuel joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff. Manuel served as a defensive assistant for two years under Falcons coach Dan Quinn while Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks.

Manuel began his coaching career after spending eight years in the NFL as a defensive back. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Florida and played in 116 games with 58 starts during his career with the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos, and Lions.