Bill Musgrave leaves to join the Minnesota Vikings

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

FLOWERY BRANCHBill Musgrave, the Falcons former assistant head coach/quarterbacks, accepted a position as the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday.

“We thank Bill for his contributions that he made to our team,” Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. “We wish him all the best with his promotion with the Vikings.”

Musgrave was granted permission by Smith to interview with the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns. He interviewed with the Browns on Tuesday and with the Vikings on Wednesday.

“The organization is first class all the way and Leslie Frazier is first class all the way,” Musgrave said in a statement released by the Vikings. “The players on the offensive side of the ball are very attractive to be associated with. I’m looking forward to utilizing their strengths to get fantastic results. The offensive weapons on this squad are impressive.

“We as a staff will look forward to utilizing each and every one of them to attack defenses. I first met Leslie about 10 years ago when he was in Philadelphia and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. I look forward to working with him here and moving forward.”

Musgrave was granted permission by Falcons coach Mike Smith to interview with the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns. He interviewed with the Browns on Tuesday and with the Vikings on Wednesday.

Musgrave was promoted to assistant head coach last offseason when the Houston Texans attempted to hire him away.

Bill Musgrave

Bill Musgrave

Musgrave joined Jim Mora’s staff  in 2006. He was kept on after the Bobby Petrino disaster and has been instrumental in the development of quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions while guiding the Falcons to a 13-3 regular-season  record and the NFC South title.

Cleveland was thought to be Musgrave’s preference because they are set to run the West Coast offense and have a talented young quarterback in Colt McCoy. Minnesota finished the season with third-stringer Joe Webb.

Musgrave played in the West Coast offense for the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-1994.

Because of the promotion last season, the Falcons could have denied Musgrave permission to interview. But while

Smith wanted to keep his staff together, he didn’t want to stand in Musgrave’s way if he wanted to leave.

The Falcons coaching staff is set to coach in the Pro Bowl and will leave for Hawaii on Tuesday.

Possible replacements for Musgrave include Jeff Jagodzinski, who was Ryan’s head coach at Boston College. He served as the offensive line coach for the Falcons from 2004 to 2005. He was head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL last season.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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124 comments Add your comment

BJ

January 19th, 2011
8:10 pm

DLed, what are your thoughts on this?

Falcons4ever

January 19th, 2011
8:12 pm

Coach Musgrave will be missed but this offense has gotten stale and needs a fresh approach. All the best Coach!….first?

Lance

January 19th, 2011
8:15 pm

Jamarcus Webb? That’s racist. Joe Webb, Led, Joe Webb.

dawgfan0711

January 19th, 2011
8:16 pm

i would promote him and send Murlarky packing.

KTFalcons

January 19th, 2011
8:16 pm

This is a huge lost for the Falcons. He should have been given the OC position here and positioned for the head coaching job in the future. He will missed. I wish him the best of luck. We will see him again next season when we play the Vikings.

Mike10

January 19th, 2011
8:16 pm

Musgrave has to consider himself lucky to work with the offensive talent that Minnesota has.Congrats!

Mike10

January 19th, 2011
8:17 pm

I agree I wish Marlarky would leave already.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
8:21 pm

BJ — Still gathering information. He’s a really good coach. Going to be hard to replace.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
8:24 pm

Who the hell is Jemarcus Webb!!!!

Lance B.

January 19th, 2011
8:25 pm

Ha! Nice save Led

falcon21

January 19th, 2011
8:31 pm

DOL, we let the best man get away, it should have been MM. MM is holding Matt Ryan down. This offense could be good if we would take the handcuffs off of Matt.

Bama Falcon Fan

January 19th, 2011
8:36 pm

OC and DC need to take a hike also. Not always a bad thing to get fresh coaching in a team that fell flat like we did in the playoffs

waynester

January 19th, 2011
8:40 pm

He won’t be without a QB for long. The Vikes will draft a good one in Rd 1 of the draft and perhaps pick up a veteran signalcaller in FA. Both Cam Newton and the Gabbert kid should still be on the board @ #12….

SeenThisB4

January 19th, 2011
8:48 pm

It’s a sinking ship….

tackle..

January 19th, 2011
8:48 pm

..somebody defense.

RUSTYNAIL

January 19th, 2011
8:53 pm

We need to get T Bradshaw out of the fox nfl show and down here in Atlanta. Would be a great Off. Cord.

JSS

January 19th, 2011
8:56 pm

Good luck Conan O’Brien!”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
8:56 pm

Just updated with quotes from Coach Smith

Dawg A

January 19th, 2011
8:57 pm

DLed,Did Ryan get along with Jeff J while at Boston College? I would really hate to see his progress slow down due to a new coach he is not comfortable with!

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SCFalcon

January 19th, 2011
8:57 pm

SeenThisB4 did you ain’t enjoye their frequent flyer miles?

FAILCANTS are COMICAL...

January 19th, 2011
9:01 pm

FAILCANTS are a joke franchise and I laugh at comments by SCFalcon. I also had to laugh today listening to those homers on 680AM The Fan (or whatever that station is) interviewing Tommy D, the FAILCANTS GM. He had the nerve to say that other teams model their organizations after the FAILCANTS? Are you kidding me? There is not a single franchise that wants to model their organization after one that is a FAILURE in the playoffs and has NEVER won a ring. What a joke….Until you get a ring like the SAINTS, ssshhhh…you are embarrassing……

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Tim

January 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

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falcon21

January 19th, 2011
9:08 pm

As for respect for DOL, I will not say what I want to say . FAILCANTS are COMICAL, I will let it go.

kaminari

January 19th, 2011
9:08 pm

That’s an interesting connection between Ryan’s former coach who also used to be a coach on the Falcons. It would be nice to see Ryan working with someone he is familiar with, but I also agree that the Falcons somewhat stale offensive approach against good teams is troublesome. I guess we are just being outplayed. Even with all the talent we have on the offensive side, it means nothing if our defense can’t hold. It seems like the offense is a little more evolved in TD & Mr. Smith’s Grand Scheme. I just hope that the defense can catch up before our offense retires, otherwise our chance at glory might just slip away.

JSS

January 19th, 2011
9:09 pm

Musgrave saw names like Peterson, Gerhart, Rice, Harvin, Iglesias, and Shiancoe and thought he had hit the Mega Millions two weeks ago! He could not get out of Foxoborough South quick enough…

falcon21

January 19th, 2011
9:09 pm

John J.

January 19th, 2011
9:17 pm

Why did he leave? He had a good thing going here. More money?

JSS

January 19th, 2011
9:20 pm

Jeff Jagodzinski got fired from two jobs in less than 18 months… You know y’all’s favorite Morris knows him inside out… Ryan can’t figure out Tampa already, heaven knows how bad this could get!

falcon21

January 19th, 2011
9:21 pm

Yes John J. More money and a better future. MM was in his way as he is ours.

Tyler

January 19th, 2011
9:32 pm

Why not Chris Palmer or Tom Clemments (as QB Coach/Assist. HC/OC in waiting)?

Lagunadawg

January 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

He should have been our OC and sent Murlarki packing. Minn has some talent but no QB and I don’t see any in the draft that can help. Cam Newton!!!!!!!! Please

Conservative HC

January 19th, 2011
9:44 pm

Watch Musgrave go to the Vikings and turn them into an offensive juggernaut and whip the Falcons azz when they play them next year. He’ll know every play Mularkey will run before he calls it. Smitty and his offensive and defensive coordinators better get their azzes together. I don’t want to see that same BS that they did this year.

falcon21

January 19th, 2011
9:52 pm

Lagunadawg, agreed. JSS, Ryan can’t figure out Tampa, I don’t get that one, Ryan uses the play MM calls. Put Ryan in no huddle where he calls his on plays and there is a hell of a whole lot of improvement. Ryan said earlier this season that it good to call your own plays. Sounds like he’s not too happy with MM’s play calling.

Greenspan

January 19th, 2011
9:53 pm

You Falcon Fans crack me up. Mike Mularkey is a key reason in why you went 13-3. The game he called in New Orleans was THE reason that you won that game. He did not panic, he stuck to the game plan and kept the ball away from Brees and company. This coaching staff is solid. Mularkey did not throw that pick at the end of the 1st half against Green Bay in the playoffs. That was Ryan who threw a horrible ill advised pass. Ryan will mature, the Defense will get better, but your OC is the last of your problems. Mularkey was named Coordinator of the Year by the Sporting News if you haven’t forgotten. Wake up Atlanta.

Doggoneit

January 19th, 2011
10:15 pm

We will get a coach who is comparable no problem :)
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JSS

January 19th, 2011
10:23 pm

falcon21
January 19th, 2011
9:52 pm
“JSS, Ryan can’t figure out Tampa, I don’t get that one”

The Falcons victories over the Bucs since ‘08 have masked how mediocre to horrible he has been against them… Go look at his numbers and production against them…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 5 1 0 95 166 57.2% 1042 5 8 65.9 6.28 4.71 27.7 173.7 19 34 1.79 0 3.2 5.7 0

They have his number, only the Eagles have done a better job…

Mike in Canton

January 19th, 2011
10:27 pm

Who was it that called that roll-to-the-left-with-one-receiver-on-that-side-of-field-and-everyone-knows-they-are-going-to-throw-it-to-the-sidelines play Greenspan? That play had absolutely no chance in hell.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
10:30 pm

Lance B — Thanks for you help!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
10:31 pm

Mike in Canton — That roll to the left stuff won the Baltimore game. They’d been pulling that off all season. But the Packers must have scouted that on tape. It’s magical when it works.

William

January 19th, 2011
10:32 pm

Good luck with the Vikings. Surely we can find a quarterback coach without much of a problem. There is nothing wrong with the Falcons. Lay off. Lose one game and you would think the world is going to end. We have a good coaching staff and a good team. Just had an off night, that’s all. Anybody can have an off night, look at New England.

Steven A.

January 19th, 2011
10:33 pm

Greenspan is obviously “clueless.” Mularkeys’ predictable vanilla offense was a bunch of “Malarky.”
See Eagles game earlier in the season where a good coach gameplans against MattyMeltdown..
He’s ineffective when it counts the most(Trent Dilfer)

PMC

January 19th, 2011
10:34 pm

Congrats to coach Musgrave on the promotion! He did a hell of a job as QB coach here.

The U

January 19th, 2011
10:38 pm

The play wasn’t the issue. It was the throw that caused the turnover. The play and the throw had been executed a few times in regular season.

PMC

January 19th, 2011
10:40 pm

JSS, I think a lot of that has to do with how physical Tampa is. They simply look bigger and stronger than we do. I think they out muscle our defensive linemen then Tampa has good athletic corners like Talib that can make plays on the ball if it hangs up or is slowly delivered to the outside. He also got hit a lot I remember in his first faure’s against the Bucs and that hurt him. I think he struggles against very athletic secondaries perhaps due to limited routes and or limited options. Clearly we have an issue at left tackle and also against inside stunts.

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PMC

January 19th, 2011
10:41 pm

“offensive” rather than defensive linemen sorry.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 19th, 2011
10:43 pm

When I talked to Coach Smitty tonight he wouldn’t give up “the list.” But he assured me that he has one and that he’d get it to me at the proper time (to share with you all). Jags is a natural because of the relationships. I’m wondering if Billick (Smitty’s Bro in Law) would do it. I have to look up who Mularkey will be pushing, too.

Greenspan

January 19th, 2011
10:44 pm

Mike in Canton….Agreed….They have run that play before….trying to get closer for the field goal try. Not a great call, but you can’t throw that ball. You have to eat it or throw it away. All water under the bridge at this point. If you look at the teams that are left standing, there are several things in common with all of them: 1) Outstanding defensive play, 2) Great quarterback play, 3) Ability to control the ball on the ground. I think the Falcons can control the ball on the ground, but they need better Defensive play and a better game from their QB. You put together a stout Defense with that ball contol offense and give Matt Ryan another year and loosen the reigns and you will be in the NFC Championship. I like this crew. Mularkey was instrumental when the team drafted Matt Ryan and Mularkey taught him the offense. That is Mularkey’s “no huddle” offense that Ryan runs. Ryan likes Mularkey and they will only get better together.