FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – The Atlanta Falcons today hired Tim Lewis as the team’s Secondary Coach.
Lewis has spent 15 seasons as an NFL coaching assistant as was most recently with the Seattle Seahawks as the team’s Defensive Backs Coach last year. He began his professional career as the Defensive Backs Coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1995-99) before serving as the team’s Defensive Coordinator from 2000-03. In 2000, the Steelers ranked seventh overall in total defense and jumped to the League lead in 2001. Lewis moved on to the New York Giants as the team’s Defensive Coordinator for three seasons (2004-06) before joining the Carolina Panthers staff as the Secondary Coach from 2007-08.
Lewis was the 11th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He played four seasons in Green Bay and twice led or shared the team lead in interceptions. Although his career was cut short due to a neck injury, Lewis totaled 16 interceptions in 51 games.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Lewis earned his coaching start as a Graduate Assistant for Texas A&M from 1987-88. He also had collegiate stints with Southern Methodist (1989-92) and his alma mater from 1993-94.