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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

The Atlanta Falcons have a defensive coordinator for the 2023 season, announcing the hire of Ryan Nielsen to the position. Nielsen served as the co-defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints last season after starting in New Orleans as the defensive line coach -- a position which he served from 2017 to this past season.

Nielsen will be responsible for calling the defense in Atlanta. Head coach Dennis Allen called the plays in New Orleans while Nielsen and defensive backs coach Kris Richard were co-defensive coordinators. Richard is the lone defensive coordinator in New Orleans with Nielsen off to Atlanta.

Nielsen also was promoted to assistant head coach in 2021 and co-defensive coordinator in 2022 in addition to his defensive line coach duties. The Saints' defensive line was one of the best in the NFL during Nielsen's watch, not allowing a 100-yard rusher in 55 consecutive regular season and postseason games between 2017 and 2020. The Saints were third in the NFL in rushing yards per game since the 2017 season -- allowing just 100.4 rushing yards per contest. The 20.8 points per game allowed by the Saints were fifth fewest in the NFL under Nielsen's watch. ...

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