Coaches

Marquand Manuel
Defensive Coordinator

Biography

Manuel is entering his third season with the Falcons, after spending the previous two seasons as the Falcons secondary coach/senior defensive assistant. This season he coached a young secondary that included seven first or second-year players. The secondary teamed up for eight interceptions, 62 pass deflections, seven forced fumbles, 437 total tackles, and three sacks.
 
During his first year with the Falcons, Manuel’s squad only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the third lowest total in the League. His secondary also forced 15 interceptions in 2015, which ranked within the top 10 in the League and gave the defense a 1.27 touchdown to interception ratio, which was the seventh-best TD/Int ratio in the NFL.
 
Manuel joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff. He served as a defensive assistant for the last two years under Head Coach Dan Quinn, while Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, after spending the 2012 season as a special teams assistant. Manuel also worked with Quinn at the University of Florida, serving as a coaching intern in 2011 while Quinn was the Gators defensive coordinator.
 
Manuel began his coaching career after spending eight years in the NFL as a defensive back. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth-round (181st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Florida and played in 116 games with 58 starts during his career. Manuel totaled 332 tackles (259 solo), one sack, two interceptions, one touchdown, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 36 special teams tackles in his career while playing for the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos, and Lions.
Manuel is entering his third season with the Falcons, after spending the previous two seasons as the Falcons secondary coach/senior defensive assistant. This season he coached a young secondary that included seven first or second-year players. The secondary teamed up for eight interceptions, 62 pass deflections, seven forced fumbles, 437 total tackles, and three sacks.
 
During his first year with the Falcons, Manuel’s squad only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the third lowest total in the League. His secondary also forced 15 interceptions in 2015, which ranked within the top 10 in the League and gave the defense a 1.27 touchdown to interception ratio, which was the seventh-best TD/Int ratio in the NFL.
 
Manuel joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff. He served as a defensive assistant for the last two years under Head Coach Dan Quinn, while Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, after spending the 2012 season as a special teams assistant. Manuel also worked with Quinn at the University of Florida, serving as a coaching intern in 2011 while Quinn was the Gators defensive coordinator.
 
Manuel began his coaching career after spending eight years in the NFL as a defensive back. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth-round (181st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Florida and played in 116 games with 58 starts during his career. Manuel totaled 332 tackles (259 solo), one sack, two interceptions, one touchdown, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 36 special teams tackles in his career while playing for the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos, and Lions.
 

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