Former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, who was fired in December after going 4-9 last season, has agreed to terms with the Falcons to become their offensive line coach, the team announced Saturday.
Now the Falcons only have to fill their openings at quarterbacks coach and defensive backs coach.
Miami assistant Joe Danna is the leading candidate to replace Alvin Reynolds as the defensive back coach.
Hill spent 15 seasons the head coach at Fresno State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 112-80 overall record and went to 11 bowl games.
Hill was let go with two years left on a three-year extension signed after the 2009 season. He was owed about $512,000.
Hill led Fresno State to 15 wins over Bowl Championship Series teams during the last decade, which is the highest win total of any non-BCS team in the nation.
Hill has NFL experience. Prior to becoming the head coach at Fresno State, Hill spent five seasons as the tight ends and offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to 1995 under Bill Belichick. In 1996, he joined the Baltimore Ravens and spent one season coaching the tight ends and offensive line before moving on to Fresno State.
He also made coaching stops at Arizona, the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL, UNLV and Utah.
Hill has coached a number of NFL players including, Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins, Falcons safety James Sanders, guard Andrew Jackson, and San Diego running back Ryan Mathews.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog