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Atlanta Falcons Defensive Coordinator Rumors: Mel Tucker Could Hear From Mike Smith

According to a report from, the top candidate for the open Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator job is Jacksonville Jaguars DC Mel Tucker:

Jason La Canfora
I expect Falcons to make overtures to Mel Tucker in their defensive coordinator search. Jags and Vikes interested in Tucker

Tucker, a 40-year old who got his start in the college ranks, has been the Jaguars defensive coordinator for the last three seasons.

In 2011, Jacksonville ranked 8th in passing yardage allowed and 9th in rushing yardage allowed under Tucker.

He took over as the interim head coach when the Jaguars fired Jack Del Rio towards the end of last season and interviewed for the full-time job before Jacksonville hired former Atlanta Falcons OC Mike Mularkey instead.

Mularkey is reportedly interested in keeping the in-demand Tucker, who also interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings DC position last week.

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