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Raheem Morris adds two new members to Falcons coaching staff, keeps seven others

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons coach Raheem Morris added two new members to his staff Wednesday, while announcing that he's keeping seven members of the previous staff.

Morris appointed Jay Rodgers as defensive line coach and Steve Scarnecchia as chief of staff for coaching operations.

Rodgers comes to the Falcons after spending the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, where he served most recently as defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator.

Scarnecchia returns to Atlanta, where he spent six seasons as an assistant to former coach Dan Quinn. Over the past three seasons, Scarnecchia served as chief of staff for New York Jets coach Robert Saleh.

The Falcons are keeping run game coordinator and offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford, quarterbacks coach T.J. Yates, assistant head coach for defense Jerry Gray, senior defensive assistant Dave Huxtable, running back coach Michael Pitre, director of coaching operations Sarah Hogan and coaching operations assistant Donavan Ellison.

Morris, who was appointed last week to replace Arthur Smith, already picked Zac Robinson as offensive coordinator and Jimmy Lake to run the defense.

Marquice Williams was retained as special teams coordinator, a role he held the past three years under Smith.

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