Falcons add two more defensive assistants to coaching staff

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The Atlanta Falcons officially added three more assistant coaches to Arthur Smith’s staff on Saturday morning. First, former NFL quarterback T.J. Yates was named as the passing game specialist and then minutes later, the team announced the hiring of two new defensive coaches.

Lanier Goethie, the former linebackers coach and defensive assistant at Duke, and Nick Perry, a former graduate assistant at Alabama, will join the Falcons as defensive assistants.

Goethie coached at Louisiana Tech prior to joining the Duke coaching staff. Here’s an excerpt from his Duke coaching profile:

Goethie, who lettered four seasons as a linebacker at Ole Miss under David Cutcliffe, joined the Blue Devils after spending the previous two seasons at Louisiana Tech. With the Bulldogs, he coached the linebackers and helped Louisiana Tech to a two-year ledger of 16-11, an appearance in the 2016 Conference USA championship game.

Perry played for Alabama from 2011-2014, starting as a safety in 2014. He won two National Championships as a player but couldn’t catch on in the NFL despite getting looks from the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles.

In 2017, Perry returned to Alabama as a graduate assistant where he worked for the past three seasons under head coach Nick Saban.

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