Bob Bratkowski agrees to be new QB Coach

Bob Bratkowski has agreed to become the Falcons new quarterbacks coach. (Associated Press)

Bob Bratkowski has agreed to become the Falcons new quarterbacks coach. (Associated Press)

Bob Bratkowski, the son of former Georgia standout Zeke Bratkowski, has agreed to become the Atlanta Falcons new quarterbacks coach, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

“Obviously it’s a quality organization from the top down,” Bratkowski said when reach by phone. “It’s a winning organization. Obviously to coach a quarterback like Matt Ryan and be on a quality staff in the NFL is very attractive.”

The Falcons defeated the Bengals last season at the Georgia Dome.

“Anytime you win as many games as they have over the last three years they are doing a lot of things extremely right,” Bratkowski said. “That’s easy to be attracted to.”

Bratkowski served as the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator from 2001 to 2010. He is credited with developing quarterback Carson Palmer.

He was fired after the 2010 season and Palmer has since requested a trade from the team.

Bratkowski played wide receiver in college at Washington State.

He coached in the college ranks at Missouri, Weber State, Wyoming and Miami.

He made the jump to the NFL in 1992 with the Seattle Seahawks. He became their offensive coordinator in 1995.

He also coached with the Pittsburgh Steelers before taking the offensive coordinator position with the Bengals.

Zeke, his father, played quarterback for 14 seasons in the NFL, seeing action for the Bears, Rams and Packers.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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161 comments Add your comment

dandydawg

February 12th, 2011
9:35 pm

Where did he come from?

Neutralzone24

February 12th, 2011
9:36 pm

dandydawg

February 12th, 2011
9:38 pm

OK. Read up on him.. impressive resume!

dandydawg

February 12th, 2011
9:40 pm

Robert “Bob” Bratkowski (pronounced “brat-COW-skee”)(born December 2, 1955 in San Angelo, Texas) was the offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals from 2001 to 2011.

From 1975-77, Bratkowski played wide receiver at Washington State. He was later an assistant coach at Missouri and the offensive coordinator at Weber State, Wyoming, Washington State and Miami before making the jump to the NFL. In 1992, Bratkowski became an assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks before being promoted to their offensive coordinator in 1995. Bratkowski left Seattle to become an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2001, Bratkowski was offered the job of offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals, a position he held for a decade until January 31, 2011, when he was terminated from the Cincinnati Bengals as reported by ESPN news. Bratkowski’s final work with the Bengals was coordinating the North squad of the 2011 Senior Bowl, but at halftime his duties were handed over to quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese.

His father, Zeke, played quarterback for 14 seasons in the NFL, seeing action for the Bears, Rams and Packers.

Bob and his wife, Rebecca, have two children — son Shane and daughter Courtney.

Nathan Darling

February 12th, 2011
9:40 pm

Wasnt he a head coach once? HOpe we get J.J Watt in first round. Or Titus young of Justin HOUston.

Brian F.

February 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

Being credited with developing Carson Palmer is certainly nothing to brag about. Hope he does not mess Ryan up like he did Palmer.

Brian F.

February 12th, 2011
10:02 pm

And the guy got demoted at halftime of an all-star game. That’s really impressive.

dandydawg

February 12th, 2011
10:05 pm

You are on it Brian F…..

FalconRed

February 12th, 2011
10:06 pm

Was this guy even on the short list put out a week (or so) ago??

JSS

February 12th, 2011
10:13 pm

“He is credited with developing quarterback Carson Palmer.”

I haven’t stopped laughing yet!

Enjoy fantasy island…

chalkdawg4

February 12th, 2011
10:16 pm

I trust the guys running things. He has certainly been around the league a while. I am willing to give him a chance.

WMcGee

February 12th, 2011
10:17 pm

At least Cincy was a more open offensive system. Maybe Brat can convince them to open up a bit.

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suwaneefalcon

February 12th, 2011
10:20 pm

Once again we have morons on here questioning TD’d and CMS’s judgement. Did I say you were morons? Oh yeah, I already did. I think I will say it again, you are morons.

IQ check

February 12th, 2011
10:26 pm

Got to have faith in management and Coach Smith on this one……time will tell.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 12th, 2011
10:31 pm

Coach Bob appears to be a fine selection.

Falcon Fan

February 12th, 2011
10:37 pm

Great hire! Now lets roll.

In TD and Smitty .....

February 12th, 2011
10:56 pm

We trust. If they say he’s a good hire, I say he’s a good hire.

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Chris Murphy, Atlanta, GA

February 12th, 2011
11:07 pm

I know nothing of Bob, but his dad Zeke was a great Packer, filling in for Starr admirably. One good thing about this hire, we definitely don’t have to worry about T.O. coming to the Falcons.

Mike is back

February 12th, 2011
11:59 pm

DLed, I trust your judgment on Coach Bob…my thing is let Matt have more control of the play calling…So I don’t know if I even have a issue with the knew QB coach at this point…unless he agree that Matt should have the freedom to call his own plays…If that is the case…then hey…I love the guy. lol

I must add this disclaimer…I TRUST TD…and I trust ABlanks…needless to say…the only person I have trusted previously was Ted Turner…so I believe in the Falcons and I believe in this selection…word up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike is back

February 13th, 2011
12:00 am

Yeah, that should have been new…WHAT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

TampaDAWG

February 13th, 2011
12:00 am

I know a lot of people slam Carson Palmer but he was playing very well before his knee got messed up from the playoff game against Pitt. He hasn’t been the same since, so making fun of he developed Carson Palmer means yall need to look at the entire picture. He has a good resume. Did you guys want Jon Gruden to become our QB coach?

Whopper Dawg

February 13th, 2011
12:13 am

“Coach Bob appears to be a fine selection.” – quote by Ledbetter

And exactly why is that, Ledbetter????? Cincy had two winning records during his tenure, the rest were mostly disasters with a couple of breakevens, and his claim to fame is that he developed Cason Palmer, who is going to be run out on a rail from Cincy???

You can throw darts at a board and do better than this.

hmmm

February 13th, 2011
12:13 am

I like it. Impressive hire in my opinion. I know my opinion does not matter, but I still like it.

Terrell

February 13th, 2011
12:20 am

Brian F.

Before that knee injury Palmer was on it. He was one of the better QBs and you saw how he played when Chad and T.O were out. He was much better because he had WRs that would run their routes full speed.

FalconJim

February 13th, 2011
12:29 am

Not exactly what I expected from a team wanting to go to the Super Bowl next season. We’ll see…….

atownplaya

February 13th, 2011
12:43 am

I agree tampadawg before his injury he was a top 3 quarterback. Before drew brees became great. He head top offenses for a nice stretch. I think this is a card to be played in the future. This is mm eventual replacement. If the offense lags in the first half, mm is out the door this gives us familiarity with the team making for an easier transition. That is why he is so elated he knows he will be our next oc and I will be thrilled. He has that attack style not the conservative type. This td guy is pure genius! U guys need to chillax. 2 time E. O. Y. Has a plan! Dimitroff will learn from his few mistakes and only get better in fact this team will only get better. Btw when speaking of draft needs. We need another qb to push redman and j p wilson. Mike m. Loves players that can throw. His prior teams had college qbs turned position players. That he often allowed him to use gimmick plays. That’s his form of big plays. We don’t have the personel to allow him that luxury. Look for us to draft a fast qb and make him a wr. Just my 2 cents!

Old Coach

February 13th, 2011
12:48 am

I can not believe these jerks complaining about the QB coach! Just who would you hire? Some people just do not get it!!!!

atownplaya

February 13th, 2011
12:50 am

Lmao! I know right!

TampaDAWG

February 13th, 2011
12:54 am

Yeah I guess we should hire Mike Tomlin as our DEF coord and Bill Belicheck to run the offense and of course Jon Gruden to be the quarterback coach.

jasonrhere

February 13th, 2011
1:33 am

From a Bengal fan, Carson requested a trade before Brat was fired. If you look at the Bengals offense the last 3 seasons, it has been getting worse and worse under this guy. If this guy has anything to do with the play calling, Matt Ryan’s career may be in jeopardy, as well as the Falcons may be headed downhill. I will say, Carson getting his knee torn up then his elbow/shoulder didn’t help him. But, this guy’s offense was horrible. More interested in controlling the ball than scoring. There was nothing to it. A high school team would be able to defend against it. If Brat has anything to do with the play calling, you will only see the ball fly more than 10 yards on bombs and if the Falcons fall behind like 3 TD’s with 1 quarter left, which for Brat was often.

As a Bengal fan, if there was anyone I enjoyed in the league, it was Matt Ryan. I feel sorry for him now.

Matt Ryan

February 13th, 2011
1:36 am

Enter your comments here

Matt Ryan

February 13th, 2011
1:38 am

As I was saying, switch the “a” and the “r” around and you have Bartkowski. Now there’s someone I’d like to be my quarterback coach!!!

Smalls4586

February 13th, 2011
1:49 am

I immediatley feel terrible about this decision ie carson palmer.

jasonrhere

February 13th, 2011
1:56 am

I will say, it wasn’t soon after Carson’s knee injury that the Bengals also lost most their offensive line to free agency. It has been trying to rebuild it ever since, with no luck. If the Falcons have a good line, you could still be OK. But, I still wouldn’t put a bit of trust in Brat’s offense. Carson has been missing more and more since the knee. And, Brat hasn’t been able to put together an offense for it.

If I recall right, just look at the offensive stats from the senior bowl Brat was Offensive Coordinate in, for the North team. 1 first down the entire first half (mid 2nd quarter) with some of the best college players in the land, first TD at the end of the 3rd Q. Being forced to pass, you have padded QB stats.

Keith

February 13th, 2011
1:57 am

Gawd I love all you negative commentors,BTW what exactly is your experience in running a NFL team??? 1) Carson Palmer is a damn fine QB, who has a shotgun arm. 2) Bratkowski is a well respected coach. 3) Palmer is not being run out of ciny on a rail, he’s actually trying to get traded or released. because he’s trying to go to a team that will actually being willing to provide him with the tools to win a championship. Is the fact that the Falcons have never won a championship making you so miserable that alls you can do is think the worst? what a load of BS, If any of you guys have any experence then go ahead and speak, otherwise Shut the hell up and let Smitty and TD do what they do best , continue to improve this team!!

chs98

February 13th, 2011
1:59 am

that has more to do with the players that have been brought in around palmer than palmer. team obliterator and the other weapons were to distracting to be productive

Whopper Dawg

February 13th, 2011
2:20 am

Well, I guess based on many of the comments on this board, the fans are not supposed to have opinions on any actions the management of Atlanta professional sports teams make. We are supposed to meekly bend over and nod our heads and remain silent.

Guess what, that is not what these boards are for. They are for debate and opinion. If you just want to nod your head in agreement, then go ahead, but don’t rag on the posters.

I think it is a poor hire and they could have done better. Am I a professional football coach? No. Do professional football coaches and GMs screw up every day? Yep. No one is infallible.

Take Peria Jerry for instance, PLEASE.

Who?

February 13th, 2011
3:10 am

why aren’t the falcons hiring big time coaches from good teams instead of no names from low rent teams like the bengals?

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4 jacks

February 13th, 2011
6:07 am

I agree with Keith about all the negativity. Of course Keith, we have such experts here and a Cincy Bengal fan that knows everything. For you experts out there, if a coach or coordinator has deficiencies in the offensive line, quarterback position and skilled postions he is going to look bad, as the team will look bad, and it is the same on the defensive side of the ball. Throw in an organization that is, and has been basically pitiful most of its exsistance (Cincy) and the odds are pretty much stacked against you. Actually the Bengals and Falcon have alot in common from the pitiful exsistance angle, that is until Mr. Blank bought the Falcons…now you see real organization with a real coach that brings in good players for the most part and the goal is the Super Bowl. I trust these guys and their decision making alot more than some negative moron bengal fan here, or any other of the “experts”.

Robert

February 13th, 2011
6:57 am

Who in their right minds thinks developing Carson Palmer is an asset??? The only things Palmer does well are whining, throwing interceptions, and handing the ball off to Cedric Benson.

Mularkey + Bratkowski = boring = predictable = out of the playoffs.

Dave B

February 13th, 2011
7:04 am

Carson Palmer has been a MAJOR disappointment!

The Real Falcon

February 13th, 2011
7:11 am

Let’s just trust Smitty.

The Real Falcon

February 13th, 2011
7:12 am

Anyone who thinks my Falcons are out of the playoffs in 2011 is drinking that
NFL Network koolaid.

Larry

February 13th, 2011
7:22 am

Hopelessly ignorant are you goobers (particularly the perpetually cancerous negativity from “JSS” and his domestic partner, “Matt CHOKE Ryan”) that are criticizing this selection. Palmer was the next rising star until he lost his nerve the past 2-3 years from getting pummeled because of a horrific Offensive Line. Remember what happened to Steve Bartkowski?

Doubtless, none of you that are conveying your utter, unabashed ignorance with comments posted here for the entire world to witness such have never played a down past Pop Warner–if that!

Now listen very closely, Sissies and Dummies, so I will not have to come back here and spoon feed you: Bratkowski, a very experienced NFL coach and the son of a 14 year NFL quarterback was brought here to “fine tune” the 3 year veteran and highly intelligent QB in Matt Ryan, “develop” him.

Excellent hire!

Larry

February 13th, 2011
7:24 am

Insert “not” between Ryan and develop…”not develop him.”

Bengal Fan

February 13th, 2011
7:24 am

It’s time for Falcons’ fans to start praying for Ryan. He’ll need some divine intervention with Bratkowski as his QB coach.

jwritz

February 13th, 2011
7:35 am

Give the man a chance, before one start slamming him…