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Longtime Falcons assistant Thomas to lead team to season's end

Updated: December 13, 2007, 4:26 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Longtime assistant coach and former player Emmitt Thomas, who has served as the Atlanta Falcons' secondary coach since 2002, has been named interim head coach for the final three games of the season.

It is believed that Falcons executives, who huddled for several hours Tuesday night in the wake of the resignation of coach Bobby Petrino, also considered offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for the position.

Thomas, 64, has ...

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