Musgrave staying with the Falcons

Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave talks with D.J. Shockley as they walk off the field after losing to the Ravens at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.    Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave talks with D.J. Shockley as they walk off the field after losing to the Ravens at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

UPDATE

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.

Tulane's Andre Anderson, a Stephensen High product.

Tulane's Andre Anderson, a Stephenson High product.

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.

SEASON IN REVIEW PHOTOS: Check out the season in review photo gallery.

BIG WEEKEND: It’s going to be a busy football weekend, one of the last ones before we get to offseason.

Virginia Tech's Sergio Render, played at Newnan High.

Virginia Tech's Sergio Render, played at Newnan High.

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.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) will need some help to shut down Peyton Manning and the Colts' passing attack. (Associated Press)

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) will need some help to shut down Peyton Manning and the Colts' passing attack. (Associated Press)

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.”

40 comments Add your comment

huntergt13

January 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

F-105 Thunderchief

January 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

“pry out” not “prey out.” But, hey, this blog is unleashed and off the hook anyway.

Good post.

freedyg

January 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
1:28 pm

F-105 — thanks.

Row 3

January 22nd, 2010
2:25 pm

No way Musgrave walks away from Ryan and this talent, to take an OC position in the College ranks.

Blue Fender

January 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

Row 3: Money will make anyone walk!

The Real Falcon

January 22nd, 2010
2:36 pm

If he stays will someone please ask him why he refuses to call screen passes to slow down the pass rush?

DrJ

January 22nd, 2010
2:38 pm

The season review photos and comments were great! Ryan’s interceptions did stand out in the commentary, hope we get that corrected. Manning talks about Revis’ size….yes…a CB with SIZE!
We certainly can use big corners.

Dirty Byrd ATL

January 22nd, 2010
2:43 pm

@ The Real Falcon. You Might Wanna Talk To Our OC Mike Mularkey About That One…But Nevertheless I Dont Wanna See Bill Go, He’s Been Gr8 With Matt’s Development So Far…

SirReal

January 22nd, 2010
2:54 pm

D-Led i like Bill Musgrave. I thought he should be the Falcons OC actually. Mularkey is good but sometimes he is full of his name. By any chance, did you hear anything about Brian Van Gorder being sought after? I think I’d rather see him gone.lol

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
2:56 pm

Coach Bill is sticking around. He really likes working with Ryan.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

“As expected, Falcons offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is staying put.”

Where did Mularkey go? I honestly swear I don’t enjoy this. Really. But I try to be gentle.

F-105 Thunderchief

January 22nd, 2010
3:01 pm

Good news at any rate. Continuity with this staff is good.

The Cav 94

January 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

How can you say Musgrave doesn’t want to leave, when he’s spent the last few weeks shopping around for NFL OC positions? Nothing suggests he really wants to stay.

Mave2124

January 22nd, 2010
3:17 pm

Why does the Senior Bowl seem bigger than the East West game?

SirReal

January 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

Does this mean Musgrave is the new OC and Mularkey is gone? Or is he still QB coach?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm

F-!05, SirReal et al. — NO. I give Bill a “temporary” promotion.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
3:39 pm

Mave2124: The Senior Bowl seems to draw a higher level of talent. You can compare the rosters:

East West
http://www.shrinegame.com/rosters.shtm

Senior Bowl http://www.seniorbowl.com/rosters.asp

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
3:39 pm

Very gentle, F-105!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
3:48 pm

The Cav94: He hasn’t been shopping. The best way to describe it is that UVa and at least two NFL teams, suspected to be Chicago and Houston, put feelers out. Musgrave, a no-nonsense guy, did not want to mess around with them because he knew he was coming back to Atlanta. He would have re-united with Matt Schaub in Houston.

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Case Quarter

January 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

So there have been rumors that Musgrave has had flirtations with other organizations besides UVa? Where was this news?

BT

January 22nd, 2010
3:59 pm

Nice job, DOL

Hmm, I din`t read where Revis was much bigger (in size) than the Falcons corners.
He just plays bigger?
BTW, I did read somewhere that NFL scouts look at speed, quickness and hip turn as favorable attributes (for corners) over height.

Glad Musgrave is staying.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Case Quarter: I’ve had a couple of calls. Checked them out. There was no news there. Just blogging material. But the word in NFL circles is that his name has been HOT, HOT, HOT this offseason. But like I keep pointing out, he loves working with Matt Ryan.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Thanks BT: Revis is listed as 5-11, 198. The “hip-turning” deal is real. Scouts call “dropping his hips and running.” There might be a story at the Senior Bowl on how to evaluate corners. (Got me a story idea. THANKS!!)

RobbE33

January 22nd, 2010
4:45 pm

Nice article DOL. Thanks for keeping us up to date.
Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the stinky officiating in this year’s playoffs? Enough noise was made of Green Bay / Arizona but hardly a snicker went up over the obvious offensive pass interference on the Jets touchdown in San Diego. The Falcons and other teams have had their share of dubious calls this year, perhaps more than ever, yet the NFL seems to have clammed tighter than usual. I don’t subscribe to many conspiracy theories but there seems to be a concerted effort to add a major TV market team into the Super Bowl mix. Your thoughts?

Pete

January 22nd, 2010
5:07 pm

Musgrave hasn’t even scratched the surface yet with Matt Ryan. He will help mold Ryan into one of the top 3 or 4 QB’s in the NFL.

Harry

January 22nd, 2010
5:10 pm

I heard very early in the season in some article that Bill Musgrave could be our OC if Mularky leaves for a Head coaching oppurtunity.

The article came out when in a Press Conf Mike Smith agreed with a Sports writer that he could lose Mike Mularky to other teams because of a good 2008 year and he usually keeps a list of names as a backup if that happens.

Falcon

January 22nd, 2010
5:24 pm

To have left the club and Mat at this current time would have made him Bill Musrat……………..

Greg

January 22nd, 2010
6:44 pm

My view is that Revis is the best cover corner I have ever see, and I started going to NFL games in 1957. But even if the Jets found a way to clone Revis and have him working on both sides, my money would still be on Peyton finding an open receiver somewhere, as I’m not convinced the Jets will be able to pressure him. How many times does it have to be proved? If you don’t get pressure on Peyton, he will slice you up like a sushi chef.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 22nd, 2010
7:38 pm

I want to find out more about this Perrish Cox kid from Oklahoma State. He’s 6-0, 198. Big time returner. He’ll be at the Senior Bowl. I want to see if he’ll come up and whack somebody in run support or after the catch. Mayock was raving about him today on the conference call.

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BT

January 23rd, 2010
8:50 am

Right now, Perrish Cox grades out to be a solid 3rd round pick.
I can see the logic in taking a good look at him.
Especially, when you consider, the Falcons might be taking a hard look at a OLB, DE or OT in the the 1st.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 23rd, 2010
1:57 pm

Just got back from the barbershop, getting clothes out of cleaners and walking a couple miles at the community center. Now, time for the East West Shriner’s game on ESPN2. (Still have to pack and transcribe some tape so tomorrow will be a Church/football day.)

tbhawksfan

January 23rd, 2010
2:44 pm

If Bulaga or Anthoney Davis are still there, I draft a starting OT.

I think Dunlap is going to be the BPA at one of our positions of need. DE isn’t my first choice, but if the OT’s are gone and Dunlap is there, gotta take him.

Trade our 2 thirds (suppl) and a fifth (suppl) to move up in the second; Sergio Kindle should be available if we can snag a high second.

After those two picks, I try to find depth at OT, DT, CB, WR.

I’m happy with the draft.

We have 8 picks with the supplementals, trade up and get Kindle. He and Dunlap added to our D with a solid FA CB and our D gets very potent. the relaining four picks bring in deth and development.

Keep Norwood and the OL intact. If we draft a OT, Dahl becomes a back up, Clabo moves to G. If we draft Dunlap and Kindle, we could be looking real good.

The Cav 94

January 25th, 2010
2:53 pm

Do you have any quotes to support these claims? Coaches usually do not appear on short lists for job openings unless there is some sort of mutual interest. As I understand it, Musgrave would have loved the Texans job, but he just didn’t get it.

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4:03 am

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