Although the Falcons may have recruited a pair of offensive minds to (partly) control their passing game in new head coach Arthur Smith and offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, they will turn to a former NFL quarterback. On Saturday, the Falcons declared that T.J. As their passing game expert, Yates was hired. The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson was the first to get the news on Friday.
Yates, a North Carolina fifth-round selection in 2011, managed to bring together a career spanning seven years, including stints with the Texans (three times), Falcons, Dolphins, and Bills. The last time he played with the Texans was in 2017, when he made three starts. In total, Yates concluded his career by playing in 22 games (10 starts), completing 55.2% of his 2,057-yard passes, 10 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
Yates joined the coaching staff of the Texans in 2019, making his way from offensive coordinator to assistant coach of quarterbacks. The 33-year-old is very familiar with his current staff; during the 2014 season, he was the backup to Matt Ryan. Yates will be working alongside Smith, Ragone, and Charles London, the current quarterback coach.
On Saturday, the Falcons also announced the hiring of two more coaches. Atlanta will be joined as a defensive assistant by Lanier Goethie, who most recently worked as linebackers coach at Duke. As an assistant defensive backs coach, Nick Perry, who spent the last four years in Alabama, is joining the staff.