Falcons hire Lewis for secondary

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons, looking for an improved pass defense, have hired Tim Lewis as the team's secondary coach.

Lewis coached the Seattle Seahawks' defensive backs this season and is a former defensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. He was Carolina's secondary coach in 2007-08.

Lewis replaces Emmitt Thomas, who was not retained after the Falcons ranked 28th in pass defense.

Lewis' hire, first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was confirmed by the team on Tuesday.

The former Pittsburgh star played four seasons with the Green Bay Packers.