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Former Buford coach Jess Simpson to join Atlanta Falcons staff
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Jess Simpson.

For the second time in two months, former Buford football coach Jess Simpson is on the move.

It was announced Monday that Simpson, who led the Wolves to seven GHSA state championships, now joins the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff as a assistant/defensive line coach.

Simpson stepped down from the high school program following the 2016 season to accept a position with Georgia State’s staff on Dec. 16.

After taking over the program in 2005, Simpson guided the Wolves to 10 consecutive state title game appearances, winning four straight from 2007-10 and three more from 2012-14 to also tally a 164-12 record at the helm. He won three state titles as the Wolves’ defensive coordinator under veteran coach Dexter Wood in the years prior.

The Falcons have made major changes to their coaching staff since Super Bowl LI, firing defensive coordinator Richard Smith before promoting assistant Marquand Manuel to the same position. Defensive line coach Bryan Cox was also let go.

The Falcons ranked 27th in scoring defense for 2016.

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