Falcons hire Bryan Cox as D-line coach

The Atlanta Falcons have hired former NFL linebacker Bryan Cox to coach the defensive line.

Cox spent the past season as the pass-rush specialist for Tampa Bay under former coach Greg Schiano. Cox also had the same role in Miami after coaching the Cleveland Browns' defensive line. He worked under current Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan with the Dolphins.

Cox got his coaching start under former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini. Cox was the Jets' assistant defensive line coach from 2006-08.

Cox, 45, played with five different NFL teams after being drafted by the Dolphins in the fifth round in 1991. He was a three-time Pro Bowl pick and had 51.5 career sacks.

The Falcons fired defensive line coach Ray Hamilton after the season and moved quickly to hire Cox. The organization's goal was to add toughness to both the offensive and defensive lines. Mike Tice was hired as the offensive line coach earlier this week.

Cox's toughness is evident from video of a sideline confrontation he had with Bucs linebacker Adam Hayward.