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Rebuilding Bowl: Rookie coaches debut in Falcons vs. Eagles

Atlanta Falcons' Kyle Pitts, center, runs drills during an NFL football rookie minicamp on...
Atlanta Falcons' Kyle Pitts, center, runs drills during an NFL football rookie minicamp on Friday, May 14, 2021, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)(Brynn Anderson | AP)
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 6:01 PM EDT
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(AP) - Call this the Rebuilding Bowl. When the Atlanta Falcons open the season Sunday hosting the Philadelphia Eagles, it will be a matchup of rookie coaches leading the two worst teams in the NFC from a year ago.

Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith takes over in Atlanta. Last season, the Falcons finished 4-12 under an interim coach after firing Dan Quinn five games into the season.

The Eagles took a similar path on the heels of a 4-11-1 debacle. They dumped Super Bowl winner Doug Pederson and handed Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni his first head coaching job.

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