Musgrave talks about his promotion to assistant head coach

BIRDLAND — Bill Musgrave, the Falcons’ new assistant head coach, doesn’t expect his role to change much after receiving a new title this week.

Bill Musgrave and Matt Ryan (Curtis Compton,

Bill Musgrave and Matt Ryan (Curtis Compton, a new title this week.

He will remain in his role as the quarterbacks coach, continuing to work on the development of Matt Ryan, John Parker Wilson and D.J. Shockley. Chris Redman, last season’s backup, could become an unrestricted free agent on March 5.

“Well, I’m very appreciative of Mike Smith and his loyalty that he showers upon all of us on the staff,” Musgrave said. “We have a fantastic staff of men that I work with. I’m very thankful for being a part of the Atlanta Falcons, I know that.”

The Falcons promoted Musgrave after he was heavily pursued in January by the Houston Texans. They wanted to reunite Musgrave with quarterback Matt Schaub. They worked together at Virginia and with the Falcons.

There were also overtures from the Chicago Bears and the University of Virginia, too.

“That happened back in January so it’s hard for me to remember the exact specifics,” Musgrave said. “I’m really just thrilled to be a part of the Atlanta Falcons and have been ever since I got here years ago. We have a very unique group of leaders at the management level. Mr. (Arthur) Blank, Thomas (Dimitroff), Mike Smith, Rich McKay and our whole staff is just a terrific collection of men who are leaders. I’m fired up to continue to be a part of that group.”

Bill Musgrave

Bill Musgrave

Musgrave’s role is not set to change much.

“Not that I know of,” Musgrave said. “I had a couple of conversations with Mike, but again, at this time of the year we are going full blast in preparing for free agency.”

The staff is also critiquing the team in order to see where they can improve.

“We are going to be studying our 2010 opponents with a fine tooth comb and with a fine eye so that we can be prepared to have an even better season next fall,” Musgrave said.

This will be Musgrave’s third season working with Ryan. He’s worked with some of the league’s top quarterbacks after playing for six seasons and winning a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers.

“Matt started out like gang busters, like the rest of our team as we went to 4-1,” Musgrave said. “Entering the middle of

    Tyrone Poole named secondary coach at Campbell High.  accumulate experience in terms of our systems and what the defenses are throwing up against him every Sunday.  POOL TO HELP AT CAMPBELL: Former NFL star Tyrone Poole, who played at Fort Valley State and went on to play in the NFL for 12 years, was named Campbell High's secondary coach recently by head coach T.K. Dodd.  Pool was the 22nd player taken in the 1995 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the New England players.  In his first meeting with the team, Pool showed the more than 100 players one his rings and proceeded to tell them about the hard work and commitment needed to be successful.

Tyrone Poole named secondary coach at Campbell High.

the year, some nagging injuries, both upper body and lower body ones, (hampered) him.

“He worked through them and he finished strong. We are excited to not only have Matt back at full strength. But we’re getting Michael Turner back.”

Musgrave believes the offensive attack will continue to blossom under offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and with continued improvement from Ryan.

“We want to attack and exploit defenses,” Musgrave said. “We are getting more familiar with the skills that we have and can put on display. I think that happens as you have continuity and you are in the same offense year after year.

“You start to fine tune your systems and find concepts that are up your player’s alley. . . I think as Matt continues to accumulate experience in terms of our systems and (with) what the defenses are throwing up against him every Sunday.”

POOLE TO HELP AT CAMPBELL: Former NFL star Tyrone Poole, who played at Fort Valley State and went on to play in the NFL for 12 season, was named Campbell High’s secondary coach recently by head coach T.K. Dodd.

Poole was the 22nd player taken in the 1995 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He went on to win two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.

In his first meeting with the team, Poole showed the more than 100 players one of his rings and proceeded to tell them about the hard work and commitment needed to be successful in the classroom and on the field.

36 comments Add your comment


February 18th, 2010
8:56 am

could have been first but declined

Blue Fender

February 18th, 2010
8:59 am

Hopefully the Falcons can avoid major injuries this year. I can’t wait for the season to start!


Blue Fender

February 18th, 2010
9:00 am

You are showing great humility, renegade#1.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

February 18th, 2010
9:42 am

D-Led – Keep the articles about the Falcons coming during the off-season. Us serious Falcons football junkies are having serious withdrawal pains…..ha…ha….



February 18th, 2010
9:58 am

You going to the combine next week D-Led? Do you media guys watch NFL Network in the Media area since you can’t go into the actual drill area? Know if any of our coaches are running drills in Indy?


February 18th, 2010
10:06 am

Darn – I was hoping he was going to get more responsibility for developing Mularkey’s anemic passing schemes, like adding screens and more quickly developing downfield routes.

Resign or Resign?

February 18th, 2010
10:09 am

Maybe after the D. Hall incident, the Falcons figured they needed an Asst. HC in case CMS was “disqualified”? Love the articles, DOL; keep ‘em comin’! We all agree with Sick & Tired!

Sly Ty

February 18th, 2010
10:49 am

Mr. DOL, does Coach Musgrave intend to stay with the Falcons for the long haul. The QBs that remain in the same system for a long time, like Manning and Brady tend to become really good. The ones who have lots of change over seem to struggle a good bit, like Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell. I want the iceman to stay with the same coaches and philosphy for a long time. Changing things can be good, but patience works better. I like the coaching staff as it is, I was glad that there was a change with the secondary coach. Just want offense to remain the same.


February 18th, 2010
10:52 am

Please tell me that Musgrave will get more input to open up this NFL 101 offense that Mularkey runs..

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 18th, 2010
12:08 pm

I just read that the San Diego Chargers are “exploring possible trade scenarios” Cromartie ( ). They’re looking for a running back in return. Is an even trade, Jerious Norwood for Antonio Cromartie, worth it?


February 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

Strig, doubt if that goes down w/Norwoods’ pedestrian ‘09 season + injuries, but it would be nice… We would definitely have to snag a RB in the draft, then.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 18th, 2010
12:18 pm

Renegade#1: You’re a trendsetter!

Sick & Tired: Got big plans for the offseason. Like the Falcons, hope we can execute them.

Mave2124: I will be in the house for the combine. The NFL Network is on in the media area. But most of us are working, doing interviewing, taking notes, transcribing, chasing players, team officials. agents, blogging, etc. For the third year in a row about 60 Pro Football Writers of America members have been allowed to watch the QBs and WRs workout on Sunday. I will be in one of those sessions. Not sure if any of the Falcons assistants are working any drills this year.

SlyTy: I think he intends to stay for awhile. Continuity is important to the current regime.

Stirg: Falcons should stay away from Cromartie. The Chargers want to get rid of him for a reason . . . he has tackling issues. Watch the S.D. vs. Jets game. It looked like he was running away from contact. In Smitty’s defense the cornerbacks are REQUIRED to well, TACKLE.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 18th, 2010
12:35 pm

D.O., Cromartie played the entire 2008 season with a broken hip. Last year, I’m sure he was recovering. After hip surgery, I’d run away from plays too. The reason why The Chargers want to get rid of him is because he fell out of favor with staff and they are stacked at cornerback position (Jammer & Cason).

Marcus. Yes, Norwood had a “pedestrian ‘09 season” but so did Cromartie.

Cromartie is young; he’s a pro-bowler; he’s from the south (Tallahassee). I say pull the trigger. He can’t play any worse that what we already have…


February 18th, 2010
1:14 pm

I can understand why Cromartie would fall out of favor with the SD staff if he was running away from contact…


February 18th, 2010
1:45 pm

I am not one to judge, but i bet a team with high character standards would be hesitant to add a guy like this unless he is absolutely the bomb!

Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie is past due on about $25,000 in child support after missing his Feb. 1 payment due date for several of his children, an attorney for the mother of one of his children says. Cromartie, 25, has at least seven children with six different women in five states. The timeliness of his child support payments has been an ongoing concern to the mothers, court records show. An attorney for one of the mothers recently filed a document in San Diego Superior Court that prevents him from buying or selling any property without first making sure he’s current on his child support. That mother is owed $3,500 monthly for his 2-year-old daughter. All of the children are under 6.— San Diego Union-Tribune

[...] tentative passer when he returned, so that’s not my focus. It’s also not the focus of Bill Musgrave, recently promoted to assistant head coach and the guy who works most closely with Ryan throughout [...]


February 18th, 2010
1:53 pm

Sick & Tired, I’m wit you on this one. DOL please dont forget the junkies out here. We need a steady diet of Falcon info on a daily basis. i’ve been in stage 3 depression since the season has been over. Lol


February 18th, 2010
2:32 pm

$3500.00 a month for a two year old? If I had to pay that, I’d run too.

C.T.F. (controversial type feller)

February 18th, 2010
3:00 pm

Well, first he shortened his name from Mustard Gravey to current version so he wouldn’t be misunderstood and now he wants a raise. I’m not sure about extra money but what about free drycleaning for a year?

Matt the Brave

February 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

Orlando, another great article. I think that the Falcons future is still looking very bright. And I never said it, but I love the bow-tie. Not too many men can actually pull it off anymore!

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 18th, 2010
3:29 pm

“…not one to judge…” Give me a freakin’ break.


February 18th, 2010
4:25 pm

Yes, like I said, not one to judge. I don’t care if he has 50 kids in 50 states that he doesn’t take care of as long as he ain’t afraid to tackle!

Atl Resident

February 18th, 2010
4:54 pm

I like the Falcons, but why in the hell did Musgrave get promoted? Did we make it to a least wild card playoffs or something? Good news and bad news, bad news is we still got same coaches, calling the same offense scheme so we have to be crazy to think things will no doubt be better. Good news, I would rather have Musgrave as assistant than Murlarkey.

tree rollins

February 18th, 2010
6:06 pm

Having Michael Turner back is nothing to crow about (typical 1-season wonder at RB – getting to be common in the NFL these days).

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

Stirg: Will take that under advisement. You feel strongly about this guy. We have some former Falcon coaches out in San Diego that will give us some info at the combine. I’ll keep him on the radar screen. On the ride home on Sirius, they were talking about a Marshawn Lynch to SD for Cromartie deal as making sense.

Tree: Are you’re saying The Burner was a one-year wonder?

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 18th, 2010
6:45 pm

Yeah, D.O., I heard that too (Lynch for Cromartie). I, too, think that would be the more logical trade, for both teams. Gosh, though; sure would like to get that kid in a Falcon’s uniform. Tall, swift, pro-bowler, he has it all…Thanks for the research. This time, last year, I was introduced to your writing and interviews. I thought, then, you were the best writer on the beat and I’m still sticking by that. Great job, D.O.!

Charmin Harmon

February 18th, 2010
8:03 pm

It’s entirely possible that the offense is a little less than Indianapolis-esque because we have had a rookie qb and a second year qb running it since Smitty and the gang took over. Don’t underestimate experience as a factor in an offense’s effectiveness. And, of course, not really having the same type running game last season (I really like Snelling, but he’s not quite Turner) hurt the offense as well. The offense is growing with the staff and somewhere midseason in the third year is where the game seems to really start to slow for most NFL qb’s.
Defensively, the last four games the db’s really started playing much better, coinciding in a change in personnel. We’ve got to get Peria (sp?) healthy and contributing. An inside push makes the d ends job so much easier. Keep the offseason info coming, D Led.

Falcon 8211

February 18th, 2010
8:50 pm

i say sign seymour to 2 year deal which would give sidbury and beirmann a little more time and go get a corner in the draft. dreaming of a dline which consist of abe, babs,jerry, and seymour.

Falcon 8211

February 18th, 2010
9:16 pm

seymour fits. great locker room guy,family man,team player,and stays out of trouble. also he played at ga. so he might want to come back home. he also knows TD from his time in new england. he will not cost as much as peppers and he does not take plays off. who agrees with me?

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 18th, 2010
9:29 pm

Falcon 8211, I like how you think.


February 19th, 2010
12:47 am

we can trade a running back because we have 3
cromartie obviously have problems so why pick another man problems peppers will be a great fit and anderson and davis can leave and no one will miss them if we had peppers we can play zone and still get pressure

[...] tentative passer when he returned, so that’s not my focus. It’s also not the focus of Bill Musgrave, recently promoted to assistant head coach and the guy who works most closely with Ryan throughout [...]

IT Support Orlando

February 19th, 2010
4:45 am

I think it is co-ordination and understanding that is necessary among players, coaches, sponsors, etc.
I could see it here.


February 19th, 2010
1:49 pm

i thought tree rollins was a decent ball player in his day… not sure about the one hit wonder crack on M Turner though. i’m expecting a bounce back this year from him, but not a 2008 year. That’s just not going to happen again because Ryan’s going to have white, gonzalez and Harry Douglas in addition to Norwood to get touches. I think Harry D going down last year was a bigger loss than people thought it would be and i think his return this year will be important for the offense. Need another weapon on the perimeter though for depth.


February 21st, 2010
9:04 pm

I was not aware Cromartie played through injuries he would be a great addition grimes in the slot and owens & cromartie i like it.

we must keep norwood but we can give them a running back and they can have anderson and his 3 sacxks in 3 years


February 24th, 2010
1:28 pm

Even though I’ve seen Seymour make some borderline dirty plays, I’d absolutely agree with 8211, I’d rather have him than Peppers who is so far over the hill as to find himself in the valley … But, I digress because I’m sure he’d rather come home than be a Raider for another year.

**** Note to Jose — Now that the first class at NFL business/charm school talks about knowing who you’re hanging with, I’m sure that (at least serial) monogamy is suggested. What’s Cromartie thinking, trying to out “do” Travis Henry??? Isn’t he tired of being pricked for those 10 blood tests, or do they just keep it on file now?