Atlanta Falcons hire Philadelphia Eagles tight ends coach

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles staff attrition after the dismissal of Doug Pederson continued on Saturday when the Falcons announced they had hired tight ends coach Justin Peelle for the same job.

This means that Peelle will not stay under new coach Nick Sirianni, and he joins new Falcons coach Arthur Smith, who has spent the past two seasons as the Titans’ offensive coordinator.

Peelle, 41, has spent the past six seasons coaching the Eagles. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as a tight ends assistant coach. He arrived in Philadelphia with Chip Kelly in 2013 and stayed when Pederson was hired in 2016.

Peelle was instrumental in the development of tight end Zach Ertz, and the two were together throughout Peelle’s time with the Eagles. During his career, Ertz had 561 catches for 6,078 yards and 36 touchdowns. He is one of the Eagles’ best pass catchers in franchise history.

Ertz’s 525 catches in his first seven seasons were the most important of all time with a tight end in that span, and his 116 catches in 2018 were the highest ever with a tight end in only one season.

Peelle also helped develop tight end Dallas Goedert, the second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Goedert, 26, had 137 catches for 1,465 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first three seasons.

Over the past three seasons, the Eagles’ tight ends have recorded the most receptions (417) and receiving yards (4,388) of any NFL team.

Peelle caught 123 passes for 1,003 yards and 12 touchdowns with four teams in 10 seasons in the NFL.

Peelle isn’t the Eagles’ first assistant to leave. The Eagles have reportedly left the contracts of senior offensive consultant Marty Mornhinweg and senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello expires at the end of the season. Scangarello returned to the 49ers as a quarterback coach earlier this month.

Offensive line coach / running game coordinator Jeff Stoutland was would be ready to return to the ranks of the university in Alabama, but the Crimson Tide hired former Jaguars coach Doug Marrone as their offensive line coach. Stoutland would remain under contract with the Eagles, so there’s a chance he’ll be back with Sirianni in 2021.

Athletic reported Special teams coordinator Dave Fipp was allowed to take further opportunities.

Sirianni’s hiring has yet to be officially announced and he has not been presented, so it remains to be seen what kind of staff he will build in Philadelphia. But Peelle will not be one of them.

Daniel Gallen covers the Philadelphia Eagles for PennLive. It can be reached at [email protected]. You can follow it on Twitter and Facebook. Follow PennLive’s Philadelphia Eagles coverage on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

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