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.
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.”
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.