Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas is looking for work after his contract was not renewed by the Atlanta Falcons.
“Everyone here in the Falcons organization has the utmost respect for Emmitt, and we deeply appreciate his contributions to our team over the years,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said Tuesday night. “We wish Emmitt the best in his future endeavors.”
Thomas, who served as the assistant head coach/secondary for the past two seasons under Smith, was an assistant under the team’s past four head coaches.
Thomas first joined the Falcons in 2002 under Dan Reeves.
He was responsible for keeping the team together when Bobby Petrino left during the 2007 season and was selected to serve has the interim head coach.
Last season, the defense finished 28th in the league against the pass.
When Smith was named the head coach, one his first decisions was to retain Thomas and promote him to assistant head coach/secondary.
Last season was Thomas’ 42nd in the league. He played for 13 years and has coached for 29 seasons.
For all the talk about how the Chiefs do not appreciate their former players, here is a chance for the team to step up by bringing Thomas into the fold as a part of Romeo Crennel’s staff.
Good luck finding a man that knows as much about the defensive backfield, something that is as important as ever considering the likely turnover at safety and necessary development of Maurice Leggett and Donald Washington at corner.
Hiring Thomas wouldn’t be meaningless like letting former players hang out at practice. You would be bringing in a Hall of Fame player to help improve one of the worst defenses in the league.