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The Atlanta Falcons are doing their best to move past the Dan Quinn era. Earlier this week, Arthur Smith was brought in to be the head coach. Now, the former Tennessee Titans play-caller is making a few moves of his own.
On Thursday, Smith announced the hiring of three new coaches: Dean Pees, Dave Ragone and Marquice Williams. These new additions will all be coordinators, with Pees working with the defense, Ragone with the offense and Williams with special teams.
Pees is the most notable addition of the three.
The two worked together with the Titans, and Pees was even willing to come out of retirement to help Smith transition into being a head coach. His history as a defensive coordinator is rife with success. He was with the Baltimore Ravens when they won Super Bowl XLVII in 2012.
Quinn was supposed to bring a defensive prowess with him from Seattle when he was hired back in 2015. Unfortunately, that never came to fruition, as the defense was mostly a liability during his tenure.
Pees hopes to change that. There are several likable pieces at his disposal, but he will need more of them in the coming months. That especially holds true if the base defense is shifted to a 3-4.
Ragone will serve as the team’s offensive coordinator, and he will work closely with Smith when creating game plans. He previously served as the passing game coordinator with the Chicago Bears, but his work with past quarterbacks is iffy at best.
- Mitch Trubisky
- Jay Cutler
- Kirk Cousins
- Ryan Fitzpatrick
- Jake Locker
Those names aren’t going to blow anyone away, but Ragone’s familiarity with Smith and his system should hopefully make for a seamless transition.
It was also announced the team would retain wide receivers coach Dave Brock after coming over in 2017. He was previously the head coach at Delaware from 2013-16.
Between those additions and Williams being brought in for special teams, it was a pretty eventful day in Atlanta.
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