Falcons offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.
Also, the team is expected to announce their new defensive cordinator shortly.
Boudreau joined the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff as offensive line coach in 2008 and spent four seasons with the team.
“We would like to thank Coach Boudreau for his contributions to our team over the past four seasons, and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Falcons head coach Mike Smith in a release issued by the Falcons.
Boudreau is the third coach from the offensive side of the ball to leave the team.
Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey accepted the head coaching position with Jacksonville last Wednesday. Quartebacks coach Bob Bratkowski left to join Mularkey as his offensive coordinator last Friday.
On Sunday, the Falcons named Dirk Koetter as the new offensive coordinator.
The offense didn’t score a point in the 24-2 playoff loss to the New York Giants.
The Falcons’ line scrappy style of play, under Boudreau, drew criticism from opposing teams. Defensive linemen from the Lions, Packers and Giants accused the Falcons of questionable play. New York’s Justin Tuck callled the linemen “dirtbags” leading up the NFC wild-card game.
It didn’t help Boudreau or his unit that they weren’t able to move the Giants off the line of scrimmage on two key fourth-and-short situations against the Giants.
The Falcons contended that they are physical and just block, hit, push and shove until they hear the whistle stop blowing.
Under Boudreau, the Falcons’ offensive line was a finalist last season for John Madden’s most valuable protectors award, which goes to the league’s top line, after the 2010 season.
Also under Boudreau, right tackle Tyson Clabo, a former undrafted college player, went to the Pro Bowl last season.
Before coming to the Falcons, Boudreau, a 26-year NFL coaching veteran, was fired by the St. Louis Rams.
Boudreau, 62, worked with Smith on Jacksonville’s staff from 2003 to 2005.
Boudreau worked previously with the New Orleans Saints (1987-93), Detroit Lions (1994-96), New England Patriots (1997-98), Miami Dolphins (1999-2000), Carolina Panthers (2001-02), Jacksonville (2003-05) and St. Louis (2006-07).
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog