Georgia high school coaching legend Jess Simpson is blending into life in the NFL.
Simpson, who led Buford High to seven state championships and three state runner-up finishes in his 12 years as their head coach, joined Dan Quinn’s staff as a defensive assistant in February.
After retiring from Buford High, he was briefly on the Georgia State staff before getting the offer from the Falcons.
“Man, it’s been a whirlwind,” Simpson told The Gwinnett Daily Post. “Obviously going from when I took that job at Georgia State less than a week after that last game at Buford, and then went through recruiting at Georgia State, it just kind of came out of the blue in February with DQ. So the last three months have been wide open trying to learn a play book, getting to know the coaches, getting to know the players. It’s been a great experience. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Simpson helps defensive line coach Bryant Young.
“It’s been real cool,” Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel said. “It’s been real cool seeing him with the guys as he makes that transition from high school to college for a little bit and then coming right into the league, I think he’s done an awesome job of just trying to pick up on the speed of the game.”
Simpson had to get an NFL course on the OTA rules and the allowable contact. He kidded that he was getting a lot of bruises from the players hitting the dummy pads he was…
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