This is a 2019 photo of Ben Kotwica of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 10, 2019 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Ben Kotwica



Ben Kotwica is entering his second season with the Falcons after spending the previous five seasons with the Washington Redskins. Kotwica brings 12 years of NFL coaching experience and special teams knowledge to Atlanta.

 In 2019, the Falcons special teams units led the NFL with five fumble recoveries and marked the most by a team in a single season since 2012 (NYG; 5). Four of the five fumble recoveries led to a Falcons touchdown, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown on a kickoff against the 49ers in Week 15. This marked the first time this occurred in franchise history since Nov. 13, 1994. The team signed kicker Younghoe Koo in Week 10, he connected on 23-of-26 field goals and totaled 84 points over the final eight weeks of the season. During that span, the Falcons led the league in the most made field goals and scored the most points. 

 In his last season with Washington in 2018, his special teams units lead the league in kickoff touchback percentage (81.2-percent). Kotwica also oversaw kicker Dustin Hopkins, who converted 89.7-percent of his field goals, which ranked ninth in the NFL in 2018. In 2017, Kotwica led a kickoff unit that only allowed at 18.7 yards per return, which was the second-lowest average that season.