FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -Atlanta Falcons assistant Emmitt Thomas was promoted Wednesday to interim head coach for the final three games of the regular season. He replaces Bobby Petrino, who resigned to become coach at Arkansas.
A 64-year-old assistant with the Falcons since 2002, Thomas has no previous experience as a head coach, but has 28 years in coaching. He's the first black head coach in the team's history.
Thomas will serve out the season following the sudden resignation of Petrino on Tuesday to return to college coaching.
The Falcons have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. to address the situation. Team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Rich McKay are expected to speak at the news conference.
Thomas will direct the team's practice Wednesday afternoon.
It was not known if all other assistants under Petrino, including his brother, wide receivers coach Paul Petrino, would remain for the final three games.
Emmitt Thomas went into coaching in 1979 as defensive coordinator at Central Missouri State. He has coached for six NFL teams and served as defensive coordinator for Philadelphia, Green Bay and Minnesota.

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Jaguars vs. Titans Picks With Blake Bortles struggling, will the Jaguars and Titans play under the total for bettors on Thursday night this week?
Thumbnail NFL Week 8 Las Vegas Odds How does Las Vegas oddsmakers view Week 8's games in the NFL? Let's take a look.
Thumbnail Texans vs. Broncos Prediction Will the struggling Broncos not only beat the Texans tonight but also cover as a heavy favorite at 8:30PM ET on Monday Night Football?
Thumbnail Texans vs. Broncos Injury Report Will any of the key players for the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos be out for tonight’s Monday Night...
Thumbnail MNF Point Spread Jumps The point spread for tonight's Monday Night Football clash between the Texans and Broncos is on the move. Here's the latest.
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages