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Falcons part ways with line coaches

The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with both of their offensive line coaches as well as their defensive line coach.

Monday evening, the team sent out a press release stating offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton will not return for the 2014 season.

The Falcons struggled at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and both general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith talked Monday about addressing those concerns immediately.

Hill joined the Falcons last season after serving as the head coach at Fresno State from 1997-2011. Dunn was team’s assistant offensive line coach for four seasons before working alongside Hill. And Hamilton spent the past six seasons tutoring the Falcons defensive line.

Smith said offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong will remain on staff next season.

The Falcons finished the season 4-12 after going 13-3 and making it to the NFC Championship game a year ago.