FLOWERY BRANCH – Bill Musgrave, the Falcons assistant head coach/quarterbacks, has been granted permission by Falcons coach Mike Smith to interview with the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator positions.
Musgrave was promoted to assistant head coach last offseason when the Houston Texans attempted to hire him away.
Also, ESPN has reported that the St. Louis Rams also wants to interview Musgrave, who joined the Falcons in 2006 and has been instrumental in the development of quarterback Matt Ryan.
Minnesota will not likely be enticing to Musgrave because they don’t have an established quarterback on the roster.
Cleveland is likely to put in the West Coast office under new coach Pat Shurmur and has a young quarterback to develop in Colt McCoy. Musgrave played in the West Coast offense for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-1994.
St. Louis came within one win of reaching the playoffs last season with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford.
Because of the promotion last season, the Falcons could have denied Musgrave permission to interview. But while Smith wants to keep his staff together, he didn’t want to stand in Musgrave’s way and risk losing his loyalty.
“Well, I’m very appreciative of Mike Smith and his loyalty that he showers upon all of us on the staff,” Musgrave said last February after getting his promotion. “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.”
Smith on Sunday said he wanted to keep his staff together.
“We hope we can have continuity on our coaching staff,” Smith said. “I think our coaching staff is one of the best, if not the best in the NFL. I think that you want to have continuity with your players; you want to have continuity with your staff. I think our staff has done a great job this year preparing our team each and every week, even though there were a couple of games that we didn’t play our best.”
In addition to Houston, the Chicago Bears and the University of Virginia made overtures to Musgrave last offseason.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter