Coaches

Joe Danna
Defensive Backs Coach

Biography

Joe Danna enters his second season as the Falcons defensive backs coach. Danna is responsible for working alongside Secondary Coach Tim Lewis on a daily basis coaching the safeties and corners.

In 2012, Danna’s help with the safeties paid off as the young tandem of Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, each earned their first Pro Bowl selections. DeCoud finished 2012 with 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, a team-high six interceptions and one fumble recovery. The fifth-year safety out of California accounted for seven of Atlanta’s 31 takeaways in 2012. His safety-mate, Moore, posted a career year in Nolan’s defense. Moore recorded a career-high 105 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, while earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Saints in Week 13.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, he served two years as the Miami Dolphins Assistant Defensive Backs Coach. Danna has 15 years of coaching experience, including five years of NFL experience. While with Miami, Danna assisted in producing one of the top secondary units in the NFL. Under his guidance, the Dolphins pass defense ranked eighth in the NFL in 2010.

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Danna spent two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive assistant (2008-09). Danna was a four-year letter winning wide receiver at Central Michigan University (1995-98) and remained with the Chippewas following his playing career to serve as a student assistant (1999) and then as a graduate assistant (2000). Following a season as graduate assistant at the University of Georgia (2001), Danna returned to his alma mater where for the next four seasons he served as wide receivers coach (2002, 2005) and safeties coach (2003-04). Following his tenure at Central Michigan, he spent the next two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Georgia Southern (2006) and James Madison (2007) before joining the Falcons in 2008.

Danna earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and social studies with a language arts minor from Central Michigan.

The Midland, Michigan native and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Luke and Zack, and a daughter, Lindsey.

Danna's Coaching Background
  • 2012-13 - Defensive Backs // Falcons
  • 2010-11 - Asst. Defensive Backs // Dolphins
  • 2008-09 - Defensive Assistant // Falcons
  • 2007 - Defensive Backs // James Madison
  • 2006 - Defensive Backs // Georgia Southern
  • 2005 - Wide Receivers // Central Michigan
  • 2003-04 - Safeties Coach // Central Michigan
  • 2002 - Wide Receivers // Central Michigan
  • 2001 - Graduate Assistant // Gerogia
  • 1999-00 - Graduate Assistant// Central Michigan

Joe Danna enters his second season as the Falcons defensive backs coach. Danna is responsible for working alongside Secondary Coach Tim Lewis on a daily basis coaching the safeties and corners.

In 2012, Danna’s help with the safeties paid off as the young tandem of Thomas DeCoud and William Moore, each earned their first Pro Bowl selections. DeCoud finished 2012 with 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, a team-high six interceptions and one fumble recovery. The fifth-year safety out of California accounted for seven of Atlanta’s 31 takeaways in 2012. His safety-mate, Moore, posted a career year in Nolan’s defense. Moore recorded a career-high 105 tackles, eight passes defensed, four interceptions, four tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, while earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Saints in Week 13.

Prior to arriving in Atlanta, he served two years as the Miami Dolphins Assistant Defensive Backs Coach. Danna has 15 years of coaching experience, including five years of NFL experience. While with Miami, Danna assisted in producing one of the top secondary units in the NFL. Under his guidance, the Dolphins pass defense ranked eighth in the NFL in 2010.

Prior to joining the Dolphins, Danna spent two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive assistant (2008-09). Danna was a four-year letter winning wide receiver at Central Michigan University (1995-98) and remained with the Chippewas following his playing career to serve as a student assistant (1999) and then as a graduate assistant (2000). Following a season as graduate assistant at the University of Georgia (2001), Danna returned to his alma mater where for the next four seasons he served as wide receivers coach (2002, 2005) and safeties coach (2003-04). Following his tenure at Central Michigan, he spent the next two seasons as the defensive backs coach at Georgia Southern (2006) and James Madison (2007) before joining the Falcons in 2008.

Danna earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and social studies with a language arts minor from Central Michigan.

The Midland, Michigan native and his wife, Nicole, have two sons, Luke and Zack, and a daughter, Lindsey.

Danna's Coaching Background
  • 2012-13 - Defensive Backs // Falcons
  • 2010-11 - Asst. Defensive Backs // Dolphins
  • 2008-09 - Defensive Assistant // Falcons
  • 2007 - Defensive Backs // James Madison
  • 2006 - Defensive Backs // Georgia Southern
  • 2005 - Wide Receivers // Central Michigan
  • 2003-04 - Safeties Coach // Central Michigan
  • 2002 - Wide Receivers // Central Michigan
  • 2001 - Graduate Assistant // Gerogia
  • 1999-00 - Graduate Assistant// Central Michigan
 

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