FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons on Friday continued the dramatic remaking of their coaching staff following their Super Bowl loss by promoting Marquand Manuel to defensive coordinator.

The Falcons also hired Bryant Young as defensive line coach and two assistants received new titles. Raheem Morris was named wide receivers/passing game coordinator and assistant head coach, while Doug Mallory was promoted to defensive backs coach.

On Wednesday, the team said Coach Dan Quinn had dismissed coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox.

With offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kyle Shanahan leaving to become head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the team has two new coordinators. Steve Sarkisian was hired from Alabama to replace Shanahan.

Manuel had been the team’s secondary coach. He also coached with Quinn in Seattle when Quinn was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

Manuel interviewed for the defensive coordinator post in Jacksonville last season.

The overhaul of the defensive staff came after the Falcons could not protect a 28-3 lead over New England in the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

JETS: The team voided Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract, as expected, making the quarterback a free agent.

Fitzpatrick re-signed with the Jets last July on a one-year, $12 million deal. Technically, the contract was for two years, but it contained language in which the second year would be automatically voided five days after the Super Bowl – meaning Friday – if Fitzpatrick remained on the roster. Because his $10 million bonus was prorated over two years to help with the salary cap last year, Fitzpatrick will cost the Jets $5 million in “dead money” this year.

RAIDERS: Oakland rewarded Coach Jack Del Rio with a new four-year contract replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015.

Owner Mark Davis said the initial deal had been “torn up” after Del Rio led the Raiders (12-5) to their first playoff berth in 14 years.

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