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Former Saints, Falcons Defensive Coordinator Ryan Nielsen hired by Jacksonville

Nielsen was with New Orleans from 2017 to 2022.

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Another day, another former New Orleans Saints coach off the board.

Ryan Nielsen was the co-defensive coordinator for the Saints for just one season (2022) but was with the franchise from 2017 through 2022. He was the defensive line coach from 2017-2021 and was also an assistant head coach in 2021.

Last season, Nielsen was the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. In his tenure, the Atlanta defense allowed the tenth-lowest yards per game (321.1) and allowed 21.9 points per game. The Falcons finished the year with a 7-10 record.

The Jacksonville Jaguars fired defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on January 8th after a lackluster 2023 season. Next season, Nielsen will be the team’s fourth DC in five years.