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Marquand Manuel joins Dan Quinn's staff in Atlanta

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Seahawks defensive assistant Marquand Manuel will join Dan Quinn's staff in Atlanta, reports Josina Anderson. He'll become the defensive backs coach and senior defensive consultant for the Falcons. Manuel joins a staff that has added defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive passing game coordinator Raheem Morris already, and which retained defensive line coach Bryan Cox from Mike Smith's staff.

According to his bio on the Seahawks' homepage, Manuel was "Named to his current position on February 13, 2013, after spending 2012 as a special teams assistant and spending the year before as a coaching intern at his alma mater, the University of Florida, and an eight-year NFL playing career. [He] spent eight seasons in the NFL, playing for six different franchises (Cincinnati 2002-03, Seattle 2004-05, Green Bay 2006, Carolina 2007, Denver 2008, Detroit 2009)."

Seattle will obviously have some vacancies to fill on their defensive staff, a normal routine for Pete Carroll, who believes in helping his assistants get promotions and further their careers.