FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- T.J. Yates, who spent one season as the backup to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, is returning to the Falcons as the passing game specialist for new head coach Arthur Smith, the team announced Saturday.
The Falcons also hired Lanier Goethie as a defensive assistant and Nick Perry as the assistant defensive backs coach.
The 33-year-old Yates joins the Falcons staff after spending the past two seasons coaching with the Houston Texans. In 2020, he was assistant quarterbacks coach as Deshaun Watson earned his third Pro Bowl selection.
Yates spent seven seasons as an NFL quarterback, including three stints with the Texans that included leading the team to its first playoff victory as a rookie in 2011.
Goethie most recently served as linebackers coach at Duke. Perry spent the past four seasons as a graduate assistant and analyst at Alabama.