10 things to know about Falcons DC Ryan Nielsen

The Atlanta Falcons went behind enemy lines to poach New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator/DL coach Ryan Nielsen for their defensive coordinator vacancy. Nielsen, 43, spent six years in New Orleans, primarily coaching the defensive line.

Other than working for a division rival and earning high praise from Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan, Falcons fans don’t know a ton about Nielsen.

Here are 10 things to know about Atlanta’s new defensive coordinator.

Started at DT for USC from 1999-2001

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Signed with Eagles 2002 (0 games played)

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DL coach at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron (2005-2007)

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DL coach/assistant at NC State (2012-2016)

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DL coach for New Orleans Saints (2017-2020)

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Declined defensive coordinator job at LSU in 2021

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Promoted to assistant head coach by Saints in 2021

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Named co-defensive coordinator by Saints in 2022

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Saints D ranked 2nd against the pass, 5th in total sacks in 2022

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Left Saints to become Falcons defensive coordinator in 2023

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