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The Alliance of American Football’s Atlanta Legends have a new head coach a month before the beginning of their inaugural season.

The Legends announced Wednesday that 17-year NFL coaching veteran Kevin Coyle was named the team’s head coach, replacing another NFL veteran Brad Childress. No reason was given for Childress’ departure.

“Coach Childress has stepped away from his role as head coach of The Atlanta Legends,” said J.K. McKay, AAF’s head of football operations. “We are grateful for his leadership, contribution to building The Alliance, and wish him well in his next endeavour. … This is an exciting opportunity for Kevin Coyle to lead the Atlanta Legends as they work towards the season opener on Feb. 9. Kevin is an experienced, confident coach that has built a well-respected coaching resumé over the years and is ready to take charge of the Legends.”

The AAF, founded by TV and film producer Charlie Ebersol and Hall of Famer Bill Polian, features eight teams playing a 10-week regular season schedule in the spring. The first games are Feb. 9 on CBS.

The regular season is followed by two playoff rounds and culminating with the championship game on April 27.

“I appreciate this opportunity that the Alliance has given me to work with our 75 players as head coach and prepare them for the upcoming season,” Coyle said. “I have learned a lot from Brad and am thankful for his support in this journey. I look forward to putting together a team that Atlanta can be proud to support and bring the city a championship.”

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