Falcons interview Saints’ Ryan Nielsen for DC vacancy, per report

The Atlanta Falcons said they were going to take their time finding a new defensive coordinator, and that’s exactly what they’ve done thus far.

After interviewing Brian Flores last week, the team interviewed Saints co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Tuesday.

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Nielsen, 43, joined the Saints as the defensive line coach in 2017 when Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot was still in the front office. In 2021, Nielsen was promoted to assistant head coach and then named co-defensive coordinator in 2022.

The Falcons must replace Dean Pees, who retired over the offseason after serving two seasons as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator.


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Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire