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The Falcons officially have three new coordinators in addition to Arthur Smith, with Dave Ragone as the team’s offensive coordinator, Marquis Williams as special teams coordinator and Dean Pease, who is retiring to become Atlanta’s defensive coordinator.
We announced the appointment of three coordinators for Arthur Smith’s coaching staff.
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Pees, 71, and Smith worked with the Titans under head coach Mike Vrabel. Pees was the defensive coordinator for the Titans from 2018 to 2019. At the end of the 2019 season, Pees retired in January 2020.
Before leaving for Tennessee, Pease spent eight seasons in Baltimore with the Ravens under John Harbaugh. Pees was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens from 2012 to 2017. Prior to moving up the ladder, Pees coached the indoor linebackers from 2010 to 2011.
Pees has some college coaching experience and was head coach at Kent State from 1998 to 2003. In 2004, he joined Bill Belichick’s New England team as coach of the Patriots’ defending champions for two seasons (2004-2005). Pees played a role in the Patriots’ 2005 Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 at Super Bowl XXXIX. He was promoted to Defense Coordinator in 2006 and held the position until 2009.
Ragon resulted in the best QB
Smith and Ragone also know each other, having coached together at Tennessee from 2011 to 2013. Smith was the Titans’ mentor and assistant coach at the time, while Ragone was the receivers coach before being promoted to quarterback coach. Smith also spent a season as the Titans’ offensive assistant/quality control coach, followed by another season as defensive assistant/quality control coach.
Ragone, 41, completed his fifth season with the Bears and his first as setter coordinator. He was the quarterback coach before he was promoted. Prior to that, Ragone was the offensive quality control coach for the Washington Football Team Ragone played a key role in the transformation of Mitchell Trubisky, Jay Cutler, Kirk Cousins and Jake Locker.
Williams – next name
This name may come as a surprise to many, as Williams is not well known in the league and does not appear to have a tie to Smith like the other two rookies.
He began his career with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2016 as an assistant special teams coach and held the same position in 2017 before becoming an assistant defensive assistant in 2018.
Williams has spent the last two seasons in Detroit as an assistant coach on the Lions’ special teams. Last season, the Lions placed third nationally with an average of 12.8 yards per return kick and finished eighth earlier this season in kick returns with an average of 24.9 yards. Williams helped Jamal Agnew lead the league in touchdown returns in 2019, and Agnew finished the season ranked third in the league with 783 rushing yards.
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