Falcons hire Tim Lewis as secondary coach

NFL executives at the National Scouting weigh-in at the Senior Bowl on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

NFL executives at the National Scouting weigh-in at the Senior Bowl on Monday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Mobile –The Falcons hired Tim Lewis as secondary coach on Monday.

Lewis, a former player, coach and defensive coordinator, replaces Emmitt Thomas on the coaching staff. Last season, he was the defensive backs coach on Seattle’s staff under former Falcons head coach Jim Mora.

Thomas’ contract was not renewed after the defense finished ranked 28th in the league against the pass.

Lewis was the 11th pick overall in the 1983 draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons with the Packers before his promising playing career was cut short after he suffered a neck injury.  Lewis had 16 interceptions in 51 games.

Nick Saban signing after the South's practice on Monday.

Nick Saban signing after the South's practice on Monday.

He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M in 1987. He went on to coach at Southern Methodist and later at his alma mater, Pittsburgh.

He has coached in the NFL since 1995 with stops in Pittsburgh, New York Giants, Carolina and Seattle.

Lewis was Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator from 2000 to 2003 and New York’s defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006.

SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN: NFL teams like to get accurate measurements on the players entering the draft and the first scheduled activity for the players was to get measured and weighed.

They can find out little facts like Florida Tim Tebow’s left arm (30 3/4 inches) is shorter than his right arm (30 7/8). His left hand — throwing hand — is a size 10.

“It’s a little weird actually,” said Auburn running back Ben Tate, who was measured right before Tebow. “When I first got here, that’s when I really realized that this is a business.”

Tim Tebow talking to NFL Network after first Senior Bowl practice.

Tim Tebow talking to NFL Network after first Senior Bowl practice.


TEBOW RUSTY: Tebow drew several groans from the scouts lined along with the field with each errant pass. He sailed his third pass about five feet over the receiver’s head on a 10-yard out route.

“It took some getting use to,” Tebow said. “It’s obviously all new guys out there and I’m throwing to new receivers. There was a lot of stuff to get adjusted to, but it was fun.”

Tebow has been working on his mechanics with former NFL offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and Zeke Bratkowski, the former Georgia star who played 14 NFL seasons and spent 26 more as quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator.

49 comments Add your comment

jimmy

January 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

coached when where

a

January 25th, 2010
2:50 pm

jimmy

January 25th, 2010
2:51 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 25th, 2010
2:52 pm

Seattle with Jimmy last year.
Was DC in Pittsburgh 2000 to 2003, was on staff from 1995-99
Giants DC from 2004 to 2006
Carolina secondary coach, 2007-08

jimmy

January 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

sounds over qualified

cutter

January 25th, 2010
3:25 pm

He will be the Falcon DC shortly.

falcon21

January 25th, 2010
3:32 pm

Sounds like a good hire DOL and check out the o-lineman and let us know what you think. Thanks man.

mack3

January 25th, 2010
3:34 pm

i gasp at the thought of jim “hand me my cell phone so I can find out about NFL rules” mora…..hope Tim didn’t pick up any bad habits while under the tutledge of jimbo.

The Real Falcon

January 25th, 2010
3:37 pm

SirReal

January 25th, 2010
3:50 pm

D Led. Any chance BVG is gone? Do you think its been the players that make him look bad or what? He just doesnt seem that great of an NFL DC to me. ( I’ll give him his due, excellent college coach)

Harry

January 25th, 2010
3:51 pm

I kinda agree with Cutter. He is a good hire with future. If Van Gorder is lost to other teams in future…he could be promoted based on his performance with Falcons.

Tale of Woe

January 25th, 2010
4:05 pm

Does anyone want to mention that Seattle was 28th in pass D last year????

I know he was a “hot” name a few years ago…Shows you what you can do with good players. Don’t know if he is a good coach for our secondary though.

SirReal

January 25th, 2010
4:06 pm

@Harry I agree but who’s gonna take BVG as their DC? No one…maybe a position coach but I dont see him being DC for anyone.

falcon21

January 25th, 2010
4:15 pm

SirReal, he did well in college and if it does not workout with the Falcons I think that is where we will see him. I don’t think he would settle for a position coach in the pros.

Edward

January 25th, 2010
4:19 pm

Tim Lewis is a great addition to the coaching staff, I really like his resume. I don’t think the secondary was improving at all with Emmitt Thomas back there. Now lets go out and get some stout corners.

gt

January 25th, 2010
6:06 pm

You get the feeling these new bunch know what they are doing, jury still out but Tim Lewis must have something beside Jim Mora on his resume.

falcon 71

January 25th, 2010
6:19 pm

where you been O you are my favorite AJC guy

JSS

January 25th, 2010
6:32 pm

He was run out of Pittsburgh and NYG on a rail during his last two coordinators stops… Defenses won Super Bowls after he left. His DB’s really got abused last season, still a lot of that falls on Mora and his failure from previous seasons as DB coach there. However, Tim Lewis a really nice guy.

Harry

January 25th, 2010
7:08 pm

@SirReal, Things will change when we get to playoffs and we need to remember that he did not have a lot of talent on Defensive side of the ball yet.

Once Dimitroff provides few more playmakers on Defense this offseason (Free Agency & Draft), he should make our Falcons Top 10 Defense. If he fails to do that….then he might be on Hot Seat in 2011.

BT

January 25th, 2010
7:33 pm

D Led.
Thanks, for the updates.
Keep us posted on what your seeing at Senior Bowl practice.

On Lewis and BVG.
It`s way too early to make any judgments on either but a judgment was made on ET.
I actually think, BVG did a decent job last season, considering what he had to work with.
The defense had to play much more zone that he would have probably liked?
He did that, trying to protect a real weak secondary, that was young, inexperienced and not progressing fast enough.

Falcons 4 Real

January 25th, 2010
7:37 pm

DLed, I just saw where Doug Plank was fired by the Jets today, would the Falcons be interested in bringing him back as an assistant?

buck8585

January 25th, 2010
8:09 pm

i remember good things about plank.

Mike in Savannah

January 25th, 2010
9:13 pm

There is no way we should draft another young corner… again. We will have Houston and Brian Williams back to start the season next year. Time to think about replacing Mike Peterson in the next year or so…. draft Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri.

BT

January 25th, 2010
9:34 pm

The best I can tell, the Falcons have no opening for Plank?
Seems as if, the job had just been filled by Lewis.

BT

January 25th, 2010
9:41 pm

Mike,
Brian Williams was under a one year contract and he is over 30 coming off a bad ACL injury and Chris Houston is..well Chris Houston.
Somehow you have actually supported the argument for drafting a good corner…blink.

khju

January 25th, 2010
9:42 pm

28th ranked pass defense……dont sound like such a good hire to me….im not saying, im just saying

ScooBoo

January 25th, 2010
10:05 pm

You need a better cell phone camera.

Matt

January 25th, 2010
10:18 pm

DOL, do you think that the Jaguars will take Tebow sight unseen in the first round? I still think that they will move out of Jax soon…maybe end up in the west. Maybe San Antonio or (shudder) LA.

Btw, before everyone jacks me up for saying SA as a football town, the only reason I put them there is because they have the Alamodome ready for football already. Yes, it’s old, but they could build a new stadium in 2/3 years. I’m just saying it’s a better place to play than the decrepit Colosseum in LA and probably a better fan base.

Ivan

January 25th, 2010
10:48 pm

Only thing I can really say is “Let’s wait and see.” when it comes to Lewis. He has a solid background with some good defenses. Finishing 28th this year isn’t good, but it was with Seattle, so I have to note it, but kind of look over it. Depth shouldn’t be a problem in the Falcons secondary for 2010. If they can get just one good shutdown corner, we might see a dramatic change in the passing D.

Mike in Savannah

January 25th, 2010
11:09 pm

BT… why would we draft another young corner and wait for him to be developed? I think I just supported my idea of signing a good veteran free agent corner. There are no top of the line corners rated high enough to take at #19. Mike Peterson is aging and Stephen Nicolaus….. is well Stephen Nicolaus. We need a DE (no one rated high enough that will be there at #19) and a LB. Sean Weatherspoon is a mid-late first rounder and will be a stud for years. Played against top of the line talent in the Big 12 and has zero injury history.

Mike in Savannah

January 25th, 2010
11:11 pm

And all you people saying Seattle had the 28th ranked pass defense need to re-read the article above. ATLANTA had the 28th ranked pass defense.

geno

January 25th, 2010
11:24 pm

i sure hope the new DB coach can forge a path to a new way of coaching the secondary…… many DBs it seems are too busy backpeddling, not looking at the reciever, not locating the ball, etc……we need a change in coaching philosophy when it comes to DBs.

Jack

January 25th, 2010
11:40 pm

DOL — You left out that Tim Lewis interviewed for the Falcons head coaching job a few years back. He was considered a very good candidate, but he was fired by Pittsburgh as their DC. I think (but cannot confirm) that he had a first interview and the second interview was scheduled but cancelled because of the PR from his having just been fired. Jim Mora was hired instead.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 26th, 2010
1:29 am

SirReal: No. BVG is doing well. Rome wasn’t built in a day. He’s relating much better to the pro players. The Falcons won’t say they are rebuilding, but whenever you replace 5 starters you are rebuilding.

Tale of Woe
: Seattle’s defense was ranked 30th against the pass last season. (Falcons 28th).

Falcon71
: I’m still here. Thanks for your kind words.

Falcons 4 Real
: Will check on Plank. That’s odd that he got fired after just one season.

Scoo Boo: No kidding! I need one of those cool digital cameras. I started to confiscate my daughter’s flip camera for the trip.

Matt: The league should just award him to Jacksonville. The Jags can’t take him with the 10th pick. That’s extremely too high. Talked to him for story that will run later in the week. He’s a really nice kid, but he just doesn’t look like an NFL QB. With our old friend Dan Henning running the South offense, I expect him to be at H-back by the end of the week.

GOT AN ASSIGNMENT
for everybody. Let’s all dig up all of the Intel on Perrish Cox. Agent told me Falcons are in love with him. He has three kids and got suspended for the Cotton Bowl, though. Got to call my Big 12 coaching friends for info.

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Shooter McGavin

January 26th, 2010
2:50 am

Not sure about the Tim Lewis hire. Why was Emmitt Thomas let go? Is he about to retire or something?

I’m not extremely familiar with Perrish Cox, but what I do know about him scares me. He’s a very good DB. The off field problems concern me quite a bit though. I’d pass on him if it were my decision. Seems too risky.

Rudy'sBack

January 26th, 2010
3:51 am

Tim Tebow will never make it in the NFL.

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Jack

January 26th, 2010
7:57 am

Wahoo! I posted at 11:40 p.m. and at 1 a.m., Mark Bradley confirmed with a column!

TXDawg

January 26th, 2010
9:50 am

DOrlando, that Perrish Cox assignment should be an easy one for me out here in Big 12 country. I mentioned him along with Sergio Kindle as two DBs the Falcons should strongly consider.

……more to come.

TXDawg

January 26th, 2010
9:53 am

Oh yeah, something interesting about Tebow’s comments…..What does consistently throwing the ball over receivers head have to do with throwing to new receivers? I was a receiver and realize we all like a ball placed in a certain spot, but I find it hard to believe that all of his past receivers liked the ball high…..hmmm. Sounds like mumble jumble to me.

SteveE

January 26th, 2010
11:23 am

Got this from the OK State website. Return guy and DB…might be a good match

Worth Noting Leads all active FBS players and holds the Big 12
and OSU record with four career kickoff returns for touchdowns
2008 All-America kick returner as selected by Sportsline.com
Stats At A Glance Third nationally and first in the Big 12 with 29.83 yards per kick return in 2008
…… OSU record holder with 2,155 career kickoff return yards
……. Big 12 record holder with two kickoff returns in a season

A starter at cornerback who is closing in on several milestones in the return game and is a returning All-American in that category … Needs just 110 kickoff return yards to set the Big 12 career record … Already holds the OSU record in that category with 2,155 yards … That yardage total is second among all active NCAA players … Has held down a starting corner spot for the past two seasons … A 2006 first-team Freshman All-America pick by Rivals.com in the return game, second-team all-Big 12 by Associated Press and honorable mention all-Big 12 by the coaches as a return specialist … Also a member of The Sporting News Big 12 all-frosh team … During the 2007 season, he was one of just three players in America with a punt return and kickoff return for a touchdown … A 2007 honorable mention all-Big 12 selection as a kick returner by the league coaches … Has five returns for scores in his career (four kickoffs and a punt) … Leads all active NCAA players with four kickoff returns for touchdowns.

2008 (Junior): Finished the season with 32 tackles, eight pass break-ups and and two interceptions … Opened the season with a bang, returning his first kickoff of the season 90 yards for a touchdown against Washington State … Had a season-best five tackles against Troy, Missouri and Texas Tech … Broke up passes against Houston, Texas A&M, Missouri, Baylor, Iowa State, Colorado and Oklahoma (2) … Had two tackles vs. Texas A&M, Iowa State and Houston … Picked off a pass against the Cyclones as well … Had a tackle for a loss at Texas Tech … Along with the 90-yarder at Washington State, he had a 57-yard kickoff return against Texas A&M and a 52-yarder at Texas … Closed the regular season with a 90-yard kickoff return for a score against Oklahoma … Against Oregon, he blocked a field goal, recorded an interception and had a 43-yard kickoff return.

2007 (Sophomore): Started the last eight games of the regular season at corner … Tied for second on the team with two interceptions while breaking up eight passes … Credited with 42 tackles as a sophomore … Took a kickoff back 52 yards in the season opener at Georgia … Had a career-long 67-yard punt return to set up a touchdown in Oklahoma State’s 42-6 win over Florida Atlantic and had a 20-yard punt return against the Owls … Picked off a pass in the end zone at Troy and broke up a pass against the Trojans … Logged five tackles in the Cowboys’ 49-45 win over Texas Tech … Made his first defensive start of the season in the victory over the Red Raiders … Scored his first special teams touchdown of the year when he took a punt back 49 yards in the Cowboys’ 39-3 win over Sam Houston State … Matched a career high with seven tackles against Sam Houston State and broke up a career-best three passes in that win over the Bearkats … Recorded four tackles and matched a career high with three passes broken up at Texas A&M … Picked off a Sam Keller pass in OSU’s 45-14 win over Nebraska in Lincoln … Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and logged six tackles in OSU’s dramatic 41-39 win over No. 25 Kansas State … His 98-yard return in that game was the longest of his career, tied for the fourth-longest return in school history and was the longest by an OSU player since Barry Sanders took a kick back 100 yards for a touchdown in 1988 … Made six tackles against Texas … Recorded two tackles and broke up a pass against Kansas … Had five stops at OU …Finished third in the Big 12 and No. 25 nationally with 11.1 yards per punt return … Averaged 21.5 yards on 31 kickoff returns and his 631 kickoff return yards are second best for OSU in a single season.

phoenix falcon

January 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

D-led
Perrish Cox

Leads all active FBS players and holds the Big 12
and OSU record with four career kickoff returns for touchdowns
2008 All-America kick returner as selected by Sportsline.com

Personal: Born Jan. 10, 1987 … Son of Carolyn and Perrish Cox, Sr. … Education major.

Cox’s Career Defensive Stats
Year… GP.. UT-AT-TT… TFL.. Sacks… INT…. PBU…. QBH….. FF…… FR BLK
2006… 12…. 18-6-24….. 0.0….. 0.0……. 2…….. 5……… 0……… 1…….. 0 0
2007… 13… 32-10-42….. 0.0….. 0.0……. 2…….. 8……… 0……… 0…….. 0 0
2008… 13…. 24-8-32….. 1.0….. 0.0……. 2…….. 8……… 0……… 0…….. 0 1
Career 38… 74-24-98….. 1.0….. 0.0……. 6……. 21……… 0……… 1…….. 0 1

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Falkor

January 27th, 2010
3:55 pm

I hate to say it, but I remember the NYG Pass D being pretty terrible 2004-2006, and that was with a solid pass rush including Strahan setting the sack record?

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