As expected, Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave is staying put.
The University of Virginia had some interest in Musgrave returning to their program, but did not make an official request to interview him after it was made clear that he was not leaving Flowery Branch, the team confirmed.
BIRDLAND — At least one Virginia columnist would like to see Falcons quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave return to Virginia as the school’s offensive coordinator.
David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press believes that Musgrave would be a perfect fit for the Cavaliers and new coach Mike London.
Musgrave was Virginia’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and tight ends coach from 2001 to 2002. It was his only stint in the college ranks. He helped develop Matt Schaub while at Virginia.
Musgrave loves working with Matt Ryan and would be hard to pry out of Flowery Branch. We’re checking to see if Virginia has sought permission to speak with Musgrave.
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BIG WEEKEND: It’s going to be a busy football weekend, one of the last ones before we get to offseason.
The East-West Shriner’s game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. A large contingent from the Falcons have been to Orlando to scout, including general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
We have the AFC and NFC champion games on Sunday.
Then on Monday we have Senior Bowl practice starting. (I’ll be blogging and tweeting from Mobile, Ala. Monday through Wednesday). We’ll be talking with the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock later to get primed for trip.
LOCAL PLAYERS: There are several local players in the East-West Shriner’s game which will be televised on ESPN2.
Georgia Tech guard Cord Howard, Tennessee guard Chris Scott (Lovejoy High), Virginia Tech guard Sergio Render (Newnan High), Central Florida defensive tackle Torell Troup (Salem High), Tulane running back Andre Anderson (Stephenson High) will play for the East squad.
Ohio cornerback Thad Turner (Marietta High) will play for the West squad.
The East squad is being coached by Romeo Crennel and the West squad by Marty Schottenheimer.
MANNING VS. REVIS: One of the intriguing matchups this weekend will be Peyton Manning and his pre-snap reads against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
“He’s obviously a very talented player and he has played some great football this year,” Manning said.
The Jets, like they did against the Falcons, have moved Revis around in the playoffs. He won’t just play wide receiver Reggie Wayne straight up. Last week, he spent some time on tight end Antonio Gates.
Revis may spend some time on Colts tight end Dallas Clark.
“He causes matchup problems for a lot of defenses,” Manning said of Clark. “Do you put a linebacker on him? Do you put a safety on him? Or do you put a cornerback on him? It’s because of his versatility, his speed, his quickness and his size (that) kind of causes those problems.”
Manning is also impressed with the Jets’ overall coverage skills.
“(Lito) Sheppard has been around for a long time,” Manning said. “He’s played in a lot of big games. He’s an excellent cover guy. I think (Dwight) Lowery does a good job. (Donald) Strickland does a good job. I think their safeties are good cover guys as well. Revis certainly gets a lot of the attention and he deserves it, but the other guys are excellent cover guys as well.”