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NFL's Falcons continue staff overhaul

The Atlanta Falcons on Sunday became the second NFL team to wade into the coaching carousel when the franchise fired coach Dan Quinn on the heels of the Falcons' 0-5 start, and the organization continued reworking its coaching lineup on Monday.

The Houston Texans fired Bill O'Brien, the team's coach and general manager, on October 5.

After the Falcons promoted Raheem Morris to the role of interim head coach, the organization moved Jeff Ulbrich to fill Morris' previous role as defensive coordinator. Atlanta also promoted Bernie Parmalee to special teams coordinator and Will Harriger to running backs coach, it said in a release.

Parmalee was elevated to the special teams role after the Falcons fired Ben Kotwica, who joined the Falcons' organization in 2019 after five seasons with the Washington Football Team. Kotwica had been under fire since the Falcons botched the recovery of an onside-kick in the team's loss to Dallas, one of two this season in which Atlanta blew at least a 15-point lead.

The Falcons are scheduled Sunday to visit the Minnesota Vikings.

A former head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Morris was formally emplaced as interim boss by the organization on Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the Arthur Blank-owned franchise fired both Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Ulbrich already was sharing defensive play-calling duties with Morris; he played in the NFL for nearly a decade after starring at Hawaii in college. Before coming to the Falcons in 2015, Ulbrich spent two seasons on Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks staff and three on staff at UCLA.

Parmalee was on staff for the Dolphins, Chiefs, Raiders and at Notre Dame before coming to Atlanta in 2018 as the team's running backs coach. Harriger spent five years on the Seahawks' staff, in addition to collegiate stops at Auburn, Florida, Texas and UT-Martin.