Marty Lauzon replaces Medlin as Falcons’ trainer

tlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

tlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) heads for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

BIRD LAND – The Falcons didn’t waste much time replacing longtime trainer Ron Medlin, who was recently terminated after 16 seasons with the team.

Marty Lauzon, who was out of the league last season after resigning as Cleveland’s head trainer in June, was named the team’s new athletic trainer, the team confirmed.

Lauzon cited family reasons for his resignation.

He been on the Cleveland staff, which had battled serious staph infections during this period, since 1999. He was the head athletic trainer the last four seasons.

The team also announced the hiring of assistant athletic trainers James Williams and Danny Long. Both come over from Cleveland.

Last season, several starters missed more than 40 games as the Falcons were beset with injuries. The most significant was a high right ankle sprain to running back Michael Turner, who played in just nine games. He tried to come back twice from the injury, but was knocked out of both of those games.

Also, quarterback Matt Ryan missed two games and most of another with a turf toe injury.

The Falcons are the only team in the league with director of athletic performance. The trainers and doctors report to Jeff Fish, the team’s director of athletic performance.

Medlin was only the third head athletic trainer in team history.

Prior to joining the Falcons, Medlin was the assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Browns from 1989-93.

He served an internship with the Falcons for six seasons in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor’s degree from N.C. State and a master’s from Memphis.

KICKING CORNER: The Falcons finished the season with two kickers Matt Bryant and Steve Hauschka on the roster after releasing Jason Elam during the season.

The two are set for an offseason battle, but that hasn’t stopped the Falcons from sniffing around the Canadian Football League for more competition.

Damon Duval, who has spent five seasons with Montreal, worked out for the Falcons on Tuesday, where he was joined by Calgary’s Sandro DeAngelis and Toronto’s Justin Medlock.

FALCONS CELEBRATE WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY: It might be national signing day for some college football prospects, but it’s also National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Falcons players Coy Wire and Tony Gilbert, team cheerleaders and female student-athletes from Georgia State will visit Ivy Preparatory Academy in Norcross today on Wednesday, to celebrate the 24th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Sixth and seventh grade students from the all-girl public charter school will participate in a series of physical fitness activity stations led by the special guests.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports.

SMITH GOES ON COACH SPEAK SHOW: Falcons coach Mike Smith went on the “Coach Speak with Brian

Robert Mathis having some fun on the sidelines. (Photo:

Robert Mathis having some fun on the sidelines. (Photo:

Billick” internet show on to discuss the Super Bowl.

Smith believes the Colts may have to blitz more if defensive end Dwight Freeney is not able to play.

Smith respects Freeney and Atlanta-native Robert Mathis, the Colts other defensive end from McNair High.

“Those two guys are the top (pass rushing) tandem,” Smith said.  ”They may have to go with a little bit more pressure.”

Billick, Smith’s brother in law, sees a high-scoring affair.

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Here are some of his recent tweets.

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34 comments Add your comment

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Just got my confirmation. I’m in the Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl party!!!


February 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Cleveland players had staph infections, why would we hire this guy?


February 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

Now out of all of the things Smitty and T.D. have done I question the firing of Ron Medlin and the hiring of Lauzon most. I said, “something smelled fishy,” when Ron Medlin was not retained this year and now it just stinks!

We let go of a tenured guy for Lauzon for which we know had major issues with staph infections and nasty facilites in Cleveland. Why didn’t Smitty or TD call Kellen Winslow Jr. for confirmation on Lauzon? O, we play Kellen twice a year now in Tampa so he is probably excited about the hire.


This one is truly bazaar…..


February 3rd, 2010
10:34 am

I’m jealous DOL! I’m a failed sportswriter gone teacher. Have fun!

Blue Fender

February 3rd, 2010
12:06 pm

It seems that all you have to do to get hired in the NFL is to have a job in the league at some point in some other organization. It’s that way with coaching and seems to be that way with other jobs as well. Just look at all the crappy coaches that keep getting jobs. I guess it’s all just the same good-ole-boy network at work.


February 3rd, 2010
1:29 pm

Cool hit, DOL
That should be a top shelf party


February 3rd, 2010
1:34 pm

8th!!!! haaaaahaha


February 3rd, 2010
1:46 pm

Great info D.


February 3rd, 2010
1:49 pm

They also need to replace theier sorry D-Fense Cordinator>>!

Greg from Marietta

February 3rd, 2010
1:56 pm

I don’t understand the musical chairs at trainer. Are T.D. and Smitty saying that all the injury’s last season were the trainer’s fault? That doesn’t make sense. He must have done something else to PO the management. And bringing in the Cleveland Browns training staff of Lauzon, Williams, & Long after the record that they had in Cleveland is really weird. Let’s just hope that it all works out.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 3rd, 2010
2:38 pm

I thought the word out of Seattle from, i.e. Mike Holmgren was that Brandon Coutu was an excellent kicker in both his preseasons with the Seahawks. But now he can’t catch on with anyone and Matt Prater has a job? The NFL kicking biz is a mystery to me. Any word on why Coutu is apparently no longer considered a decent prospect?

Sonny Clusters

February 3rd, 2010
2:49 pm

DOL, our name is Sonny Clusters. Hello. Is much pickle brine used in training now or is that old hat?

CKS from Wallingford, CT

February 3rd, 2010
2:50 pm

I have to say, I loved the premier, although I share in some reservations about the dude in charge of the Temple (we’re to believe, at one point, he really took orders from Ben??). However, this episode confirms my longstanding theory about the special properties of water on the island, with Sayid’s “baptism” and the center of the temple being…a spring. This show, from the very first season, has spent far too much time showing characters replenishing their water bottles, offering it to one another etc…they clearly established that there is drinkable water on this island and didn’t need to keep coming back to it in season after season…not sure if it’s the fountain of youth or something else, but I think it will play a huge part in the final explanation of what the island is.

CKS from Wallingford, CT

February 3rd, 2010
2:51 pm

crap, wrong blog, my apologies, go Falcons

Sonny Clusters

February 3rd, 2010
2:53 pm

Hey, that post is a lot like DOB’s blog.


February 3rd, 2010
7:50 pm

Ain’t Steinberg kinda like the Scott Boras of Football?


February 3rd, 2010
10:36 pm

Hey Enz,
Is your real name Bradley or Schultz?LOL


February 3rd, 2010
10:46 pm

Trainer was fired – most likely the scape goat. Got to blame someone and the boss never blames himself.

gt 97

February 3rd, 2010
11:50 pm

I betcha the new guy can’t keep Norwood healthy!


February 4th, 2010
1:19 am

Hey DoL, were you doing that back at him? I have a feeling you two have something in common…


February 4th, 2010
2:10 am

Hey folks, my products fight MRSA/staph and e.Coli. They are made with natural ingredients to get the job done (Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender). I keep hearing about Cleveland locker room getting staph. 30% of the population has staph and doesn’t know it. Often it’s in noses and other nooks and crannies of the body. Today, two wrestling schools in TX made it mandatory for their students to buy my soap b/c of staph outbreaks at their facilities. Please pass the word on…. The independent lab results are posted on the website and display the results of antimicrobial properties for MRSA and e.Coli.


February 4th, 2010
4:06 am

I betcha the new guy can’t keep Norwood healthy!

The Surgeon General couldn’t keep Norwood healthy.


February 4th, 2010
5:06 am

Skin staph would not stop anyone from playing football. Am I missing something?


February 4th, 2010
11:03 am

D-Led…Just saw on Yas’ ESPN blog that Coach Smith and TD are in Miami today. Any reason why? You going to talk to them too?


February 4th, 2010
11:32 am

A friend of mine who hated Elam & Bryant sent me this, pretty darn funny

I already posted it to my FB & forwarded to all my falcons fans friends

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February 5th, 2010
7:24 am

“Foxborough South” strikes again!!!
Staph outbreaks are very dangerous when they do not react to normal anti-biotic regimens as was the case in the Browns outbreak.

Look, just speak frankly on the matter, Medlin was a easy scapegoat. Take your shoots boys and girls, I’m off to New Zealand for 2 weeks…


February 5th, 2010
7:26 am

And it “shots”

doc hollywood

February 5th, 2010
10:19 am

they fired the trainer because he would not report to the strength coach who is a glorified gym rat with no medical training. they had to pull this guy off the street because no self respecting medical personnel would work under those conditions. good luck to the players.


February 5th, 2010
12:15 pm

Hey gang, staff infections can be treated and cured, but MRSA, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcos Aureus is anti-biotic resistant, and can be very serious even result in death, depending on conditions of immune system and treatment. More related deaths than HIV nation wide. We are approaching a time when the antibiotics are not going to be effective against this bacteria at all. About 30 percent of the population are carriers of staff, and it can be spread communicabally. It is especially dangerous in sports with close contact, skin abbrassions, swapping bodily fluids ect., a locally based company has a comprehensive sanitizing approach to kill these and many other bacteria, viruses, ect.. One has to have a comprehensive appoach to cleaning the facility, equiptment, surfaces, and treatment of staff, prevent spread and facilitate healing.


February 5th, 2010
12:42 pm

TO dylan:
Dylan we need a few players on defense, not a new coordinator….Maybe you got some knowledge about defense like a new zone blitz you could lay on us….go back to you electric football game now…


February 6th, 2010
10:17 am

Its easy to judge when your not there everyday to know whats going on. If Coach Smith and GM wants a new trainer etc for what ever reason so be it. They are the ones who have to work with them and They are The BOSS!

Get over it. Go Falcons.

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