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Falcons tap VanGorder to run defense

Updated: January 24, 2008, 5:42 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Just one month after resigning his position as the Atlanta Falcons' linebackers coach to go to South Carolina as Steve Spurrier's defensive coordinator, Brian VanGorder is back with the NFL team, as the first key hire of rookie coach Mike Smith's regime.

Smith announced at his introductory news conference here Thursday afternoon that the itinerant VanGorder will fill the job as his defensive coordinator.

VanGorder, 48, was the linebackers coach in Jacksonville ...

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