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Falcons add Charlie Weis Jr., ex-Rutgers head coach to staff

The Atlanta Falcons announced the completion of their coaching staff, and the list included a couple of familiar names.

Charlie Weis Jr., the son of the former Notre Dame head coach and New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was named an offensive assistant to new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. Weis was with Sarkisian this past season at the University of Alabama, where Sarkisian was an offensive analyst before becoming the offensive coordinator. Weis, a summer volunteer for the Patriots in 2014, was an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide then spent two months with former Alabama offensive coordinator and new Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin as Florida Atlantic's tight ends coach.

The elder Weis was the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida in 2011 when Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Gators' defensive coordinator under Will Muschamp.

The Falcons hired former Rutgers University head coach Kyle Flood as the assistant offensive line coach to Chris Morgan. Flood, with 23 years of coaching experience, was fired from Rutgers following the 2015 season. Flood was the offensive line coach at Hofstra from 1997-2001, the same place where Quinn served as defensive line coach (1996-99) and defensive coordinator/defensive line coach (2000).

The Falcons also announced Bush Hamdan as the quarterbacks coach, Dave Brock and Justin Outten as offensive assistants, and Charlie Jackson and Jess Simpson as defensive assistants. Brock, most recently the coach at the University of Delaware before being let go, was an assistant coach at Salisbury State (1988-90) when Quinn was a standout defensive lineman at the school (1989-93).

The Falcons previously announced the hiring of Sarkisian to replace new San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Secondary coach Marquand Manuel was promoted to defensive coordinator after Quinn parted ways with ex-coordinator and current Los Angeles Chargers linebackers coach Richard Smith. And former NFL player Bryant Young, who played for Quinn in San Francisco, took over for Bryan Cox as the new defensive line coach.

Other moves included promoting defensive assistant Doug Mallory to defensive backs coach to replace Manuel and promoting assistant offensive line coach Keith Carter to running backs coach to replace Bobby Turner, who joined Shanahan in San Francisco.

Assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Raheem Morris was given the new title of passing game coordinator on offense, while Jerome Henderson will retain his title as the defensive pass game coordinator after interviewing for the defensive coordinator position with the 49ers.