The Atlanta Falcons are still adding to their coaching staff, with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter bringing in one of his own. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Falcons hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end coach Ben Steele.
Former Bucs TE coach Ben Steele has been hired as an offensive assistant by the Falcons, per source. He rejoins Dirk Koetter in Atlanta.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 24, 2019
Steele will join newly hired Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Steele and Koetter spent two seasons coaching together with the Buccaneers. He joined the Buccaneers in in 2014, named an offensive quality contract coach. He was promoted in 2017 by then Bucs head coach Koetter. The Buccaneers had one of the best tight end groups in the league last year as TE’s Cameron Brate and OJ Howard combined for 11 receiving touchdowns.
Ben Steele is also a former tight end in the NFL where he had short stints with several teams. However, he only participated in 17 games, all for the Green Bay Packers from 2004-2005, totaling 4 receptions for 42 yards.
Koetter had this to say when Steele was first promoted in 2017: “Ben played the position at the NFL level and has spent a great deal of time with our tight ends on the practice field and in the meeting room. We know he will do an excellent job leading that group going forward.”