UPDATE: Bratkowski named OC in Jacksonville

Bob Bratkowski (Associated Press).

Bob Bratkowski (Associated Press).

UPDATE: 6:01 p.m.

Mike Mularkey announced the hiring of Bob Bratkowski as the offensive coordinator on Friday.

EARLIER POST

Bob Bratkowski, 56, who served one season as quarterbacks coach for the Falcons, is planning to join Mike Mularkey’s staff as the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, according to an ESPN sourced report.

The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville, is reporting that Bratkowski will join Mularkey’s staff.

Bratkowski did not deny the reports but in a text to the AJC wrote, “Nothing concrete yet!”

Calls to Bratkowski and Mularkey were not returned. Bratkowski is the son of former University of Georgia great Zeke Bratkowski.

Bratkowski replaced Bill Musgrave, who left to become Minnesota’s offensive coordiantor after the 2010 season.

Under Bratkowski’s tutelage, quarterback Matt Ryan passed for a franchise-record 4,177 yards last season. He broke Jeff George’s mark that had stood since 1995.

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

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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86 comments Add your comment

Hurt Kurbstreit

January 12th, 2012
10:10 pm

ATL

January 12th, 2012
10:11 pm

Awesome!! Now we can go get Tom Clements as OC and Spags as DC. Super Bowl here we come!

Hurt Kurbstreit

January 12th, 2012
10:12 pm

DOL, who is the favorite for the Falcon offensive coordinator now?

Steve

January 12th, 2012
10:12 pm

I guess that eliminates him from consideration by the falcons.

gman

January 12th, 2012
10:18 pm

I Have Faith!

gman

January 12th, 2012
10:19 pm

I also believe that had it been Smitty’s decision Brat would have been offered the job. I think Arthur is finally putting his foot down.

Tater in AFG

January 12th, 2012
10:19 pm

Bobo for QB coach!!!!

TexasFalcon

January 12th, 2012
10:21 pm

This is GREAT… Mr. Blank is going to put former head coaches around Mike Smith at OC & DC. This will make Smitty release the vice grip he had on the coordinators. I truly believe he did not trust their ability to run a game plan so he micro managed his entire staff. It will come out very shortly.

Invictus mon

January 12th, 2012
10:26 pm

Tater, stop pulling on my heart strings.

The Grinch

January 12th, 2012
10:33 pm

Good deal; we need a fresh new mind at the position.

Captain Planet

January 12th, 2012
10:50 pm

The Falcons will probably end up hiring somebody from New England.

JSS

January 12th, 2012
11:09 pm

I will begin there is a possibility of hope if they send the quarterback killing Bratkowski on his way!!!

JSS

January 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Bless poor Blaine Gabbert, I hope he has Carson Palmer’s therapist on speed dial!

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

OC..Joe Philbin….he an be had.
DO.. Spags
Get it done asp.

GA

January 12th, 2012
11:21 pm

With all that’s transpired don’t be surprise if we take a step backwards before moving forward! There are alot of moving parts in management & w/ the players. I definitely support change but you still have to question how bad our players want to win! There’s no tenacity or desperation for excellence. I observed defeated individuals on the sideline at the end of the Giants game. One minute there’s excessive celebrating, then the next minute we’re exasperated & looking for someone to blame! I don’t know, I just don’t think that we’re ready for steady success.

123reason

January 12th, 2012
11:24 pm

Go get Billick, go get Del Rio asap!!!

T'Town Dawg

January 12th, 2012
11:37 pm

No Billick, No Del Rio, to much EGO’S…conflicts of interest, would be underminig Smitty to get him booted, so they could get job…would rather get gruden, philbin, spags, by to smitty…

yo mama

January 12th, 2012
11:44 pm

Mike Martz is someone who design a plan for this team to challenge offensively with the explosive saints, packers,eagles, and others. we had too much talent to play like that. i believe their were rumors about coaches and it affected the players. they didnt have alot of fight in them at NY, good time to examine and move forward. BUT, everyone forgets this team had zero offseason workouts to work in their new wr. and the change in OLINE, was evident in preseason that we would have problems.

GT GRAD

January 12th, 2012
11:45 pm

I am cautiously optimistic that the Falcons will be better on O and D with new coordinators (I think the bird’s brass will bring in two coaches who will be better than Mularky and VanGorder……will not be too difficult!!).

Nique

January 12th, 2012
11:46 pm

D-Led

any truth to the rumor that were looking into Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach Tom Clementsas a possible replacement for our OC?

Nique

January 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

Also we’ve heard a lot of leaks about the OC position & potential, any more leads on the DC, are we even considering Spags? Or Nolan for that matter, Morris is off the market now.

Chopper

January 12th, 2012
11:50 pm

lol at all these dreamers in atlanta…same ole falcons different year

Dion

January 12th, 2012
11:59 pm

I say Del Rio for DC and Clements for OC, we need to utilize our weapons. How bout we trade D. Robinson and get another 2nd round pick, we need to get better on D for sure. Keep Lofton, Spoon, Grimes, Biermann, Abe, and Clabo. All other FA can go. Get TALENT Dimitroff, we have some pieces in place, lets fill the gaps!! GO Falcons!

jonk facons fan

January 13th, 2012
12:03 am

Im sooo happy its time to turn around the system…

Rikus

January 13th, 2012
12:24 am

Congratuatlions to Mr Bratkowski!

falconsrus

January 13th, 2012
12:37 am

Its a process

falconsrus

January 13th, 2012
12:38 am

due diligence

ozzfest

January 13th, 2012
12:39 am

Mr. Blank,
A great hire would be UGA coordinator Mike Bobo.

Sincerely,
THE ENTIRE GEORGIA FAN BASE

falconsrus

January 13th, 2012
12:39 am

Lord have mercy on our process

brazilia120

January 13th, 2012
12:57 am

nice try ozzfest. we just got rid of one sorry oc, keep yours

Come Down To Earth Folks

January 13th, 2012
1:00 am

Fans will hope and speculate each day…let me shed some light about Former rams coach Spag…he’s not coming to atlanta and will be hired on with eagles as soon as Andy Reid comes back from vacation…kill the spag hope…remember folks, it’s all about relationships these OC and DC have had with once working together on a previous staff…raheem morris is in washington as DB coach…I believe falcons will interview candidates and possibly promote from within also…Guys and Gals, what is up with the dream of Big Names coming in to solve the issues, we as fans are not coaches so it’s really a waste of time to assume until a solid report is confirmed.

Jen

January 13th, 2012
1:29 am

Do not hire Morris!!!

How about Brad Johnson for OC and Spag for DC

mark

January 13th, 2012
1:43 am

thank god Brat is gone! We were in for more of the same if we kept him. zero imagination. Bring in Billick!!!!!!

icey matt

January 13th, 2012
2:08 am

They should coach themselves!

what,what,what??

January 13th, 2012
2:19 am

clean house, like the billick idea, maybe the delrio idea,but he may need a year away from coachin’.

UGA89

January 13th, 2012
2:29 am

Chopper…
Ditto what you said
Go Jags!!!
The Falcons can have Del Rio. Good riddance.

ob/db

January 13th, 2012
2:51 am

What about Mike Sherman and the Fridge? I think Kirby Smart and Manny Diaz should get an interview.

billick?

January 13th, 2012
4:18 am

He sure got stupid after he lost a great O Line and Randy Moss.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 13th, 2012
5:15 am

UPDATE: Bratkowski did not deny the reports but in a text to the AJC wrote, “Nothing concrete yet!”

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FalconJim

January 13th, 2012
6:20 am

May be for the best…..bring back Bill Musgrave!?!?!?! “Matty Ice” flourished under his tutelage.

Bart's Boy

January 13th, 2012
6:24 am

Mularkey gone. VanGorder gone. O happy day! Christmas all over again! Can we complete the trifecta?? Mike Smith GONE!!!

old man

January 13th, 2012
6:30 am

Why was McKay not at the podium?

Was he busy looking for a new HEAD coach?

Bart's Boy

January 13th, 2012
7:01 am

Spags for Defensive Coordinator! That SOB looks like a defensive coordinator. Any DC that can beat an 18-0 Patriot team in the Super Bowl is all the resume I need to see. Looks like Clements may be headed home to Penn State…

Rob

January 13th, 2012
7:10 am

Good riddance. The Falcons need to get rid of anything that had any part in the designing of the offense. Now if they can get a RB that can actually create SOMETHING when there’s not a huge hole. Turner should be 3rd string already(Snelling, Rogers, then Turner). I hate that we lost Van Gorder, the defense was pretty good considering some of the weaknesses they had personel wise. #28 is not an NFL safety, but he’s not the only one on the D that’s not NFL caliber, but he killed us this year.

Rob

January 13th, 2012
7:12 am

Did anyone else notice that J.Rogers could move a pile and big a>> Turner couldn’t.

GA FAN

January 13th, 2012
7:14 am

Make Mike Singletary the DC.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 13th, 2012
7:20 am

Rob – Yes! Quizz is a little package of dynamite!!! He was really hurt by the lockout, too.

Paddy

January 13th, 2012
7:56 am

No Mike Martz, his day in the sun is over.

SirReal

January 13th, 2012
7:59 am

Good. I figured heh came down here to work with Mularkey anyway. I hear they are good friends so it makes since that he’d bail. Plus like someone eluded to earlier, Blank wants a change and wants someone who can really bring in something new. We need that more than someone who’s even been here just a year.