Shanahan, Smith join Falcons coaching staff

Flowery Branch, GA ( - On the day Dan Quinn was introduced as head coach, the Atlanta Falcons named Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator and Richard Smith defensive coordinator on Tuesday.

The Falcons also named Raheem Morris assistant coach/defensive passing game coordinator, Bobby Turner running backs coach and Mike LaFleur offensive assistant. Keith Armstrong will stay as special teams coordinator as will defensive line coach Bryan Cox, tight ends coach Wade Harman, wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie and assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich.

Shanahan joins the Falcons after spending last season with the Cleveland Browns. Prior to the Browns, Shanahan spent four years with the Washington Redskins as offensive coordinator.

"I was fortunate to get connected with Kyle Shanahan and look forward to the opportunity to be partnered with him," said Quinn during his press conference on Tuesday.

Quinn had long been rumored as the Falcons' head coach choice, but the club had to wait until he finished his duties as defensive coordinator for the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.

On the defensive side, Quinn said he will be involved, but didn't commit on calling the plays over Smith, who spent the last four seasons as the linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos.

Prior to joining the Broncos, Smith was linebackers coach for two years with the Carolina Panthers. He has over 25 years of coaching experience in the NFL, having also coached for the Texans, Dolphins, Lions and Oilers.

Morris is the only coach on the staff with prior head coaching experience. He was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-11 before spending the last three seasons as defensive backs coach for the Redskins.

Robiskie has been an interim head coach with Washington in 2000 and Cleveland in 2004.