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Former Falcons DE Chuck Smith interning with Bengals coaching staff

Former Falcons DE Chuck Smith, who generated 58.8 sacks during his nine-year career (eight in Atlanta), is interning with the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff as part of the Bill Walsh coaching program.

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According to D. Orlando Ledbetter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Chuck Smith is interning with the Cincinnati Bengals during OTAs this summer. Per Ledbetter:

Former Falcons great Chuck Smith, who’s been coaching and training some of the league’s top pass rushers, is working with the Cincinnati Bengals during their OTAs as a pass-rush coach and will serve an internship in the Bill Walsh coaching program with the team during training camp.

Smith, a former second-round pick in the 1992 NFL draft, generated 58.5 quarterback sacks during his nine-year career -- eight of which were spent in Atlanta. During his all-pro season in 1997, Smith posted 12 sacks and four forced fumbles. Cincinnati, who could use a little help with their pass rush after last year's disastrous showing, posted a league-low 20 quarterback sacks in 2014 -- no one other than Carlos Dunlap (8) generated more than three sacks last year.

The Bengals welcomed four interns last year, including Duane Starks, Brad Jackson, Andrew Jordan Jr. and Theron Grinage. The Bengals brought in Rod Woodson in 2010 in addition to Dwayne Foster and Arnold Ale. Foster returned in 2012, along with Glenn Holt.

Head coach Marvin Lewis was part of the program with the San Francisco 49ers in 1988 and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1991. Defensive line coach Jay Hayes was also a graduate of the program.