Zac Robinson talks retaining Falcons coaches from Arthur Smith staff

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The Falcons staff under Raheem Morris took shape pretty quickly.

Almost immediately after news broke that Atlanta would hire their former interim head coach, reports surfaced that Morris would be looking to take Rams quarterbacks coach and pass game coordinator Zac Robinson with him to Atlanta.

Then it became official. Shortly after that, we learned that Marquice Williams would be retained and that Jimmy Lake would also be following Morris from Los Angeles, filling all three coordinator positions.

Within the next couple of days, assistants were announced, including several from Arthur Smith’s staff. The Falcons kept more than a handful of prominent members of the former regime’s coaching staff, which Zac Robinson described at Wednesday’s press conference as a “no brainer,” talking about TJ Yates, Dwayne Ledford, and Michael Pitre.

Pitre stays on as a running backs coach, which shouldn’t be a surprise. He helped Cordarrelle Patterson revive his career, Tyler Allgeier break the franchise rushing record, and Bijan Robinson have a more than respectable 2023 campaign.

Ledford is one of the best offensive line coaches in football, and what makes this retention more exciting, the Falcons will have continuity along the front. All five starters and their position coach return, despite a new head coach coming to Atlanta.

The most important out of them is undoubtedly TJ Yates, though. The former Falcons quarterback was coaching wide receivers under Arthur Smith but is being moved to his more natural role of guiding signal callers.

Why it took this long to get a former quarterback into the quarterback room is beyond me, but Zac Robinson and Raheem Morris aren’t trying to outsmart anyone.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire


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