Musgrave set to interview with Minnesota, Cleveland

Bill Musgrave and Matt Ryan (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Bill Musgrave and Matt Ryan (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCHBill 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.

Bill Musgrave

Bill Musgrave

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

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61 comments Add your comment

BigHittas

January 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

Mave2124

January 18th, 2011
5:12 pm

When you don’t take adavantage of opportunities, this is what happens, guys look to other positions, free agency and age hits and it is hard to get back. I only hope Gonzo stays one more year and we aim for the 2 seed next year, LOL

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 18th, 2011
5:24 pm

Mave2124 — Looks like you want to either be a No. 2 or a No. 6 seed. (Both sides this year is 2 v. 6)

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
5:31 pm

if musgrave does in fact leave, then who should the Falcons hire?

Football Maniac

January 18th, 2011
5:33 pm

All I have to say is .. Good luck Bill, I hope it works out for you. As a fan of the Falcons and Matty Ice.. we need Mularkey out of the building before Bill Musgrave. 5 yard hitch routes in the NFL doesn’t get it done!! Aaron Rodgers schooled us in every phase of how a quarterback should be. What a game he had!!

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
5:33 pm

Josh McDaniels?

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

or Jeremy Bates?

CURSED by RODDY WHITE

January 18th, 2011
6:22 pm

it’s my curse,i put on my team… suould’a kept my big mouth shut.

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Open Minded

January 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

I say lets promote Musgrave to OC and encourage Mularkey to find a job!!1 We need some changes.

Keith Mercer

January 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

I say fire both the DC and OC, and maybe some of the assistants. After all they were not up to coaching against a quality team like GB. Fire them now.

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
6:43 pm

we could also bring in Darrell Bevell as QB Coach.

If we change QB Coach, OC and DC, then:

DC: Dean Pees (LB Coach of Ravens)
OC:
QB:

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
6:46 pm

actually, since Musgrave is considered the succesor to Mularkey, just make Musgrave the OC now

Therefore, changes:

OC: Musgrave
DC: Dean Pees

BeenThereB4

January 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

We need Nnamdi Asomugha. Let’s get him, solidify our secondary, shut down the pass and blitz!

TampaGator

January 18th, 2011
6:54 pm

Football Maniac…..

What game were you watching….all Rogers did all day was hit one 5 yard hitch pattern after another all day on the Falcons…but you have to have receivers that can turn those passes into 15 yard gains…and the Packers do….and the Falcons only have one (White)….including the aged TE (Gonzalez…who can catch it but can only get one more yard most of the time). You also have to have a least one WR who is a consistent deep threat…and the Falcons have none….and the Packers had two in the game. Plus….Rogers is by far the best QB in the NFL….best arm, best mind, best pocket agility, best reader of defenses, best and fastest decision making. Ryan still has a long way to go in many of those categories.

TampaGator

January 18th, 2011
6:57 pm

But…..what a great season for a Falcons fan…..especailly one who watched many Falcons teams not have back to back winning seasons. I will take 13-3 every year….and go to the Super Bowl once in a while…all the time. Great head coach. Great owner (now that he has learned how to be one). They just need to add a few pieces on O and a few pieces on D….and the bird continues to fly upward.

TampaGator

January 18th, 2011
6:59 pm

And I am now down here in Buc land….talking of the worst kind of bandwagon “fans.” But, from what I saw this year, the Bucs are quickly becoming a serious threat in the division. Three outstanding teams in the division next year….and it will not be easy to be 13-3 again…or even reach the playoffs for that matter.

Once "Recent" Reader

January 18th, 2011
7:40 pm

Poor Mularkey. No respect :)

GA ALL DA WAY

January 18th, 2011
7:46 pm

DL- What’s your take on BVG? What has to happen for TD not to cut him? Or is it MS who has that power?

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
7:47 pm

He will probably become a HC by next year, meaning we have to keep Musgrave in ATL so that he can become OC-in waiting

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
7:53 pm

meaning Mularkey

Once "Recent" Reader

January 18th, 2011
7:54 pm

GA ALL DA WAY . .. that was a horrendous game by D on Saturday . . ..not much done by O to help out either. But the D did improve this year, right? I think some of the personnel weaknesses may have been exploited, but the D did come up pretty big in some games. They really did a nice job against Saints in the second game. O could have helped out a bit more there. I thought there were games where the D did the job either early or late and gave the team the opp to hold on to win or win. Pitt game was pretty solid. OK Big Ben was not there, but no matter what – we held the Steelers down pretty well until that last OT run. I know they were fearsome like Steelers, Jets, and Ravens . . .but we just don’t have the players yet.

FHZ

January 18th, 2011
8:01 pm

BeenThereB4

January 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

We need Nnamdi Asomugha. Let’s get him, solidify our secondary, shut down the pass and blitz!
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Falcons won’t spend that money on both Dunta and Nnamdi (even thought no NFL owner will ever go broke because they all share the money amongst themselves..lol)

Falcons better have a better solution… People here are very upset..

Saving money, and not addressing the problem directly, and swiftly will not satisfy the people who walked-out, and those who vented on the local sports talk stations…

NEVER WILL WIN A SB = FALCLOWNS

January 18th, 2011
8:15 pm

Hate to see that coach leave…he has developed Melted, I mean Matti-ocre, I mean Mattie Ice so well…had him so prepared for the GB Packers game…. this is TURRIBLE….we will never win a SB now…wait, we never will anyway…..Rise up, rise up, rise up, I say, I say….

All the best,
#1 FAILCANTS FAN

Once "Recent" Reader

January 18th, 2011
8:16 pm

Correction: ” . . . . WEREN’T fearsome like the Ravens, Steelers, and Jets”!

Keith Mercer

January 18th, 2011
8:37 pm

Hey TampaGator, the game that I was watching showed D. Robinson getting beat on a TD catch by some white guy.

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icndark

January 18th, 2011
9:26 pm

Wow, the haters are out in force.
The fact is that we did have a good season, and yes, it was done with smoke and mirrors. For the record, Sanchez hasn’t won anything; he has a top five defense playing on the other side of the ball. As does Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Green Bay for that matter. As for our offensive scheme; it flat out blows chunks. I believe a run game is great and all but you have got to be able to stretch the field at any given moment; we couldn’t.
Defensively (in the playoff game specifically), I saw time and again where a player was in the perfect position to stop a play cold or at least make a tackle but that didn’t happen. Coaches do not make tackles. Coaches do not cover receivers (nor did C. Owens).
Sure we took it on the chin and unfortunately we fans have become used to that. This is why true fans love the team but do not trash-talk.
Have any of you haters ever won an NFL playoff game? Ever played in an NFL playoff game?
Are the New England fans calling for the heads of their team to roll? Suggesting that they should blow the whole thing up? Didn’t think so…
Grow up already….Sheesh!

hind tit

January 18th, 2011
10:01 pm

It’s amazing what a year makes. Last year Brees could do no wrong this year he threw upwards of 25 or more picks and is the reason the Saints is the ants again. The great Rogers that could do no wrongs day is coming.It happens to the best no matter who you are. The two Manning brothers,Brady,Brees,Farve just to name a few. If the Bears can cover the receivers and put constant pressure on Rogers, watch him go all to pieces.

Nick P.

January 18th, 2011
10:47 pm

I am just as disppointed as others on how the playoff game went down, but I’ll tell you why I am optomistic about our future. This organization is one of the best in the NFL, they do have great coaches, GM and Owner, and I really believe that unlike the Rankin Smith family which saw the falcons as just a way to make a few millions and nothing more, al la movie Major League, Arthur Blank is a classy owner who loves atlanta and I believe will do his part in writing the key checks to get the missing few pieces here in Atlanta! I still hope maybe one day he will also buy the Braves and we can return to days when Turner owned them and brought real stars to play here and did not try and nickel and dime their way towards a world series ring!

gman

January 18th, 2011
11:43 pm

I dont blame you Musgrave, its got to be gut wrenching coming from a west coast style offense. spreading the ball around, and opening it up down field, to this dink & donk try to run first style offense. where Mike Turners 1300 yard season was only because the ran the hell out of him. a season where we went 13-3 and no team was willing to wait for his playoff run to end. this guy’s ruining our team, and our QB.

gman

January 18th, 2011
11:44 pm

this guy meaning Mularkey

gman

January 18th, 2011
11:58 pm

and BVG is no different. i watched the center field of this defense wide open all season. its not that we dont have the talent. but when you look at 4-3 defenses, it was one of the reasons teams shied away from it you have to have absolute freaks to keep gaps out of the field. not only that, but theres no secret to who’s coming at the QB. not saying we should start all over building a 3-4 defense, but if we’re gonna stay 4-3 we’ve got to have better players than diamonds in the ruff. we need super freaks of nature, that eat, sleep & and wreck havoc

gman

January 19th, 2011
12:00 am

just venting i love this team, but we’ve gotta do better!!!!

DR. FALCON

January 19th, 2011
12:08 am

I SUGGESTED LAST OFF SEASON, THAT DIMITROFF NEEDED TO BE AGRESSIVE AND GO AFTER JULUIS PEPPERS! WE KNEW JAOHN ABRAHAM NEEDE HELP! LOOKING BACK ON IT, IT WAS NOT SUCH A BAD IDEA, WAS IT? PEPPERS COLLAPSES THE POCKET, HELLPING OUT OTHER D-LINE MATES. MY GUESS IS ABRAHAM WOULD HAVE HAD 20 SACKS! THE LACK OF A PASS RUSH KILLED US SAT. NITE! KROY BIERMAN IS A SITUATINAL PASS RUSHER AT BEST. WHO ARE WE KIDDING? PEPPERS WOULD HAVE DONE WONDERS UNDER BVG’S DEFENSE! OH, BY THE WAY, PEPPERS IS STILL IN THE PLAYOFFS! MEMO TO DIMITROFF: IF YOU WANT TO WIN, YOU HAVE TO SPEND!!!!!

DR. FALCON

January 19th, 2011
12:13 am

OH BY THE WAY AGAIN, DIMITROFF’S BIGGEST FREE AGENT SIGNING WAS DUNTA ROBINSON. WHERE WAS HE ALL SEASON? FOR THAT KIND OF MONEY, GIVE ME SOME PICK SIX’S OR AT LEAST 6 INT’S! WE SHOULD HAVE SAVED THAT MONEY, AND SIGNED PEPPERS! PEEPERS WOULD HAVE MADE OUR PREVIOUS DB, CHRIS HOUSTON LOOK GOOD! I SPEAK THE REAL!!!!

falcons2thefinish

January 19th, 2011
8:58 am

The Falcons are on their way, it does not happen overnight, we will continue to step it up, and are going to be in the big dnce soon. i would rather see these Falcons than the ones of old, as i feel they do have a long term game plan and the right people at the helm.i have been going to these games since 1966, and have seen some ups and many downs, what i see now is consistency. i hated the packers game, but Rodgers played out of his mind, and we were not ready for that. it happens in the NFL, so we need to keep Rising Up, and we will get to the big dance and win it soon.

Todd

January 19th, 2011
9:02 am

I think Musgrave should be our offensive coordinator. Send Mularkey to the Browns or Rams.

vafalconfan

January 19th, 2011
9:22 am

Anyone who has watched our offense this year knows that Mularkey should be gone and Musgrave promoted. If Musgrave walks I will seriously consider Mike Smith’s sanity.

D Money

January 19th, 2011
9:26 am

@ Dr. Falcon. I agree with you 100% on the Peppers signing but we knew that they weren’t going to spend that kind of money to get him. And now we’re in the same boat as last year…looking for a pass-rusher. I hope the Falcons’ goal is to make the front 7 ferocious. I want our defense to give QBs nightmares.

PACKDADDY

January 19th, 2011
9:48 am

TAKE BRIAN VAN GORDER…PLEASE, SOMEBODY…PLEASE..ANYBODY!!

DR. FALCON

January 19th, 2011
9:54 am

FORGET ABOUT MUSGRAVE! IT DID NOT WORK! BRING IN STEVE BARTKOWSKI AS QB COACH! AT LEAST HE PLAYED AND HAS DONE IT! IF MATTY ICE DOES NOT PERFORM UNDER BIG BART, BLOW THE THING UP AND START OVER WITH A NEW QB! BY THE WAY, WE SHOULD HAVE MADE A RUN AT ROB RYAN AS DC! TOO LATE!

ctfalconsfan

January 19th, 2011
10:23 am

Van Gorder did the best job he could with a bunch of second rate players. If he called a safety blitz neither Willams againts aints or Owens against GB could tackle. NOT VAN GORDER’s fault, he was given these bunch of back-ups and except for the Philly and PO GB game he did pretty good.
Why not ask TD where his last two 1st round pics, Jerry and Weatherspoon, are? No where!! No contribution what so ever unless they help carry others players pads from practice to the locker room otherwise useless!!!
NOW THE PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HELLO We have 5 (YES ALMOST HALF) the offense are PRO BOWLERS this year!!
We have TREMENDOUS talent on offense yet we struggle to score.
PITT – 0 TD’S as in none
San Fran, Cleveland, – 1 TD each (yes 2 loser teams and we only generated 1 TD)
Philly, GB (1), GB (PO), AINTS (Home) – 2 TD
7 Games this season where our offense couldn’t produce TD’s. We have tooooo much talent not to have 3 TD’s per game plus FG’s plus Defensive and Special Team scores..
STATS to consider
2008 – ATL Offense ranked 8th this season 16th.
We had no offensive play over 50 yards
We were tied for fewest 20+ yard plays in NFL
Turner caught the fewest passes of any starting RB in NFL (12) – no scene passes..
BVG over achieved most the season with the talent he had but clearly, CLEARLY!!!!! MULARKEY under achieved
- EXAMPLE – If you have twins in the same class, 1 is an ‘A’ student the other is a ‘C’ student.. If they come home after taking the same test and the C student made a B- and the A student made a B+ who did a better job. Who do you say good job and who do you say that you expect more..
MULARKEY needs to be fired today if not sooner….

bjohnDawg

January 19th, 2011
10:31 am

We have some real winners here today. ” Fire this coach”. Fire that Coach”
They were 13-3 regular season. Back in the playoffs.Get real people.
Just because they did not win the SB does not mean you fire them.
If that were the case, there would be 31 coach staffs fired every year.
Will not happen.

They need some help on that def line.NT or DE Need pressure besides Abrahams or a blitz package.
They need a burner WR that can stretch the defense
They need another CB for nickel package
They need to get rid of Baker and get someone that can cover Ryan’s backside.

They dont need a new coaching staff.

ctfalconsfan

January 19th, 2011
10:57 am

bjohnDawg, you are wrong.. We do need new coordinators..

I gave facts in my last post. Our offense continues to sink. We got lucky in several games this year AND THAT IS GREAT but next year we might not be so lucky..

If you are happy with a winning season and going out in our 1st PO game fine, that is where this team will stay.

We need to take the next step to compete with the elites of this league. Not, and we aren’t one of them..

Shannon Hall

January 19th, 2011
11:30 am

I know we are all mad people about the loss but you cant blow things up..Remember we had a good season but there are something we need to improve at. 1. Dline-U have to get a push and outside of abraham we DID NOT.. I think our 2 corners are fine if you give them a decent pass rush. 2. Wr..Harry Douglas is not the answer for a deep threat!! We need a guy who can get separation and fly down field.. 3: Please be more aggressive with the play calling, we had a very simple game plan,does not work when you hit the playoffs as we saw last nite..

Brad Komminsk

January 19th, 2011
11:41 am

i guess Saturday night quelled all the Van Gorder to Athens theories.

Blood& Guts

January 19th, 2011
12:24 pm

Good I hope they hire him

ctfalconsfan

January 19th, 2011
12:25 pm

When is Smitty holding press conference firing Mularkey??

Maybe we are waiting for a head coach job to take him out of here but that door is closed.

We ned to can him ASAP or make the practice field in Flowery Branch 20 yards long as that’s about all he needs to run his offense..

Once "Recent" Reader

January 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

I’ve said it before .. . .but keep seeing folks criticize Off / and OC on not having many passes/plays over 20 yards and 50 yards. I would love to see more big plays just as everyone else. BUT . . .when you pan the team for not having the big plays REMEMBER we were top 3 in 1st Downs Made, top 3 in 3rd Downs made (one of those 2 we were #1), top in Time of Possession . . ..and 13-3!!!!! The reason we were so successful in regular season wins really did come down to the type of ball control offense we had. Now I’ll agree with everyone . . .in the losses, and specifically against Philly and Packers . …we definitely could have used the Big Play threat which is not there now. But the game did not pan out as planned against Pack and Philly. It happens. So we may not like the style . ..but cannot argue the OVERALL results. (Again – a few games were just plain stinkers . . .unfortunately the stinkiest was the Play-Off loss.)