Falcons owner Arthur Blank restated the team’s commitment to power football and they took another step in that direction when they reached a two-year deal with Mike Tice to become their offensive line coach, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

The failure of both offensive and defensive lines contributed heavily to the Falcons’ descent from Super Bowl contender to finishing tied for last place in the NFC South. Offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn were terminated along with defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.

“I think that (Smith) is looking for coaches that reflect his intensity,” Blank said. “Smitty is a very thoughtful guy … and feels that when he came to the Falcons in 2008, he was committed to playing a certain brand of (power) football, controlling the line of scrimmage offensively and defensively. To some extent, we’ve gotten away from that for a variety of reasons.

“He wants to recommit himself and recommit the team to that. He felt that the coaching changes would give him an opportunity to do that as well as any appropriate changes (to) the roster.”

Like Smith’s other recent hires, Tice has worked with him in the past. He was assistant head coach/offense on the Jacksonville staff in 2006 and was the assistant head coach/tight ends from 2007-09, while Smith served as the defensive coordinator.

After the 2011 season when Smith was looking for new coordinators, he hired Mike Nolan, who he’d worked with in Baltimore and Dirk Koetter, who was on the staff in Jacksonville.

Tice, 54, who went to Maryland, played in the league as a tight end for Seattle (1981-1988), Washington (1989), Seattle (1990-91) and Minnesota (1992-93, 95) after going undrafted.

He coached with the Vikings as the tight ends coach (1996), the offensive line coach (1997-2001) and served as the interim head coach (2001) before becoming the head coach (2002-2005).

After his Jacksonville stint, Tice was the offensive line coach for the Bears, who struggled in pass protection, in part because of Mike Martz’ passing system. He was the Bears offensive coordinator in 2012 and was terminated when they hired Marc Trestman last January.