Andrew Jackson gives us some intel on Pat Hill


Feb. 8, 2012-ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons from left to right; kicker Matt Bryant, wide receiver Kevin Cone, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and former linebacker Buddy Curry listen before a hearing on House Bill 673 during the House Health & Human Services Committee meeting in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., February 8, 2012. HB 673, Georgia's return to play act 2012, makes players to be cleared by a medical professional before being allowed back into play in an effort to curb high school concussions. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain. Jason Getz

Feb. 8, 2012-ATLANTA: Atlanta Falcons from left to right; kicker Matt Bryant, wide receiver Kevin Cone, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and former linebacker Buddy Curry listen before a hearing on House Bill 673 during the House Health & Human Services Committee meeting in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga., February 8, 2012. HB 673, Georgia's return to play act 2012, makes players to be cleared by a medical professional before being allowed back into play in an effort to curb high school concussions. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain. Jason Getz

BIRDLAND – Falcons offensive tackle Andrew Jackson spent five years with Pat Hill, the Falcons

Andrew Jackson and Matt Bryant at the State Capitol on Wednesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Andrew Jackson and Matt Bryant at the State Capitol on Wednesday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

 new offensive line coach, when in college at Fresno State.

Jackson was redshirted and played for four seasons. He was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2011 NFL draft.

“Pat Hill is a great coach,” Jackson said on Wednesday. “He’s a very passionate coach. He can bring a lot to our offensive line. I look forward to it and I hope we are very receptive of him and that we take our offensive line play to the next level.”

Other offensive linemen have asked Jackson what they should expect from their new position coach, who was fired after going 4-9 last season at Fresno State.

“I’ve talked to a couple of the other guys about him, the number one thing is his passion,” Jackson said. “He coaches with passion. He’s an aggressive coach, but his intentions are to help you build and improve as a player. He’s very clear with his style. I think that he will bring a new skill set to us, which will benefit us in the long run.”

Jackson was a part of the group representing the Falcons at the State Capitol in support of a concussion awareness bill that’s making its way through the legislature.

“It was very interesting to watch the procedures and all of that,” Jackson said. “I fully support this bill and the intentions of it. It’s a great cause. It’s a protective measure. There is not really a good reason to not take protective measures and use precaution to help [guarantee] the safety of these kids.”

Jackson was released by the team on the final cut on Sept. 3. He was re-signed the next day to the practice squad. He was placed on the practice-squad injured reserve on Nov. 22.

Hill spent 15 seasons as the head coach at Fresno State, where he led the Bulldogs to a 112-80 overall record and went to 11 bowl games.

Hill was let go with two years left on a three-year extension signed after the 2009 season. He was owed about $512,000.

Hill led Fresno State to 15 wins over Bowl Championship Series teams over the last decade, which is the highest win total of any non-BCS team in the nation.

Hill has NFL experience. Prior to becoming the head coach at Fresno State, Hill spent five seasons as the tight ends and offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns from 1992 to 1995 under Bill Belichick. In 1996, he joined the Baltimore Ravens and spent one season coaching the tight ends and offensive line before moving on to Fresno State.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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51 comments Add your comment


February 9th, 2012
5:33 am

D Led has Matt Ryan shared any plans on what he might work on this off season?


February 9th, 2012
6:50 am

Be interesting to see how Pat Hill motivates the guys and also who Dimitroff gives him to mold. I still suspect that we get a OL with our 2nd round pick.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 9th, 2012
7:30 am

cb795 — The Ice man has been incognito this offseason.

Marcus — Remember that free agency comes first. They could address the oline in free agency and do something else in the draft.


February 9th, 2012
7:36 am

D Led give a prediction on free agent we go after.

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February 9th, 2012
7:56 am

D Led…any word on if Falcon brass is wondering if this is Matt Ryans year to do something. Does he have the it factor. This is year 5 coming up.Thank You


February 9th, 2012
8:01 am

Hill will be a nice change for sure as Paul B. seems to have lost the passison that Andrew Jackson speaks of and with the showing against N.O. an N.Y. we need to make some aggressive changes.


February 9th, 2012
8:34 am

Dispite the PR blurb he is a tight end coach not an OL coach. He is going to struggle and Ryan will be on IR before week 5


February 9th, 2012
8:38 am

Im off to get my anus bleached…


February 9th, 2012
8:54 am

IF the Falcons can build a solid OLine, Dline(or figure out some way to put more pressure, faster, on the oppossing QB), and get some different looks to their running attack, then the 2012 season MIGHT be the one.

Jeff B

February 9th, 2012
9:58 am

@Pilot97, I really hope you’re wrong!


February 9th, 2012
10:41 am

Dled I know it’s early but who do you think the Falcons will target in free agency? I think it is given on the O-Line but how much cap space will we have?

Tater in AFG

February 9th, 2012
10:44 am

Have they named a new QB coach yet? Someties hard to keep up 7000 miles from GA.

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 9th, 2012
11:13 am

Who the hell are Cone and Jackson

Matt Ryan's Dad

February 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

Cone played WR for GT


February 9th, 2012
1:01 pm

Here you go Tater –

Keep supporting our Falcons wherever in this world you are. Go Falcons!


February 9th, 2012
2:19 pm

O-line – in Free agency; draft; under rocks, turnips,
Austarlia, Iceland, wherever they may be lurking !


February 9th, 2012
2:27 pm

Austarlia is a country, secretly located in Arskansawr,
between the Alps and the Ozawrks ?


February 9th, 2012
2:51 pm

I hope Ryan is somewhere looking for some game. He needs to do better this year or get someone in who can. We have the Cowboys, Broncos, Giants, Raiders, Cardinals at home this year, he needs to do better.


February 9th, 2012
2:59 pm

We don’t need another season with OL learning (DP), we need to pick up 5-FA, very good ones available. An G, G/C (or sign Mac to a 1 year deal) NT,/DT, DE and DB. Those 5 FA and then draft for future and we should get closer to the big dance if not dancing in Feb 20131. Clean cut is good for the franchise but finds some boys with some dirt under their nails that doesn’t mean trouble makers just some Sunday Warriors!

Great Falconi

February 9th, 2012
4:51 pm


Do you have any idea if and when you’ll actually be able to talk to Pat Hill? I’d be interested to hear his thoughts on the line.


February 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

Sounds encouraging, coming from a player who spent five years under his coaching.
Of course, it’s coming from a guy who hasn’t spent much time on the field, as a Falcon.
I like Jackson, and I hope he can stay well enough to see what he’s got…


February 9th, 2012
6:44 pm

We need replacements desperately on the OL & DL. Also a TE. We need ones that are good enough to cost some big money. To get that money, we will have to release some of our higher paid guys. Hopefully if we release some of our better guys we will get a trade or draft pick. We have to release guys where we don’t lose too much using the backups we have. My suggestions are Abe. Use his money and a little more to go after a great DE or DT thru FA. Let Ovie go. Let Turner go or trade him replacing him with Snelling & Quizz. Trade R. White and keep H. Douglas.
Keep Dunta. Give him another chance with the new DC. Cost too much to let him go. Franchise Grimes for a year and see how he plays in Nolans scheme.
Just a few ideas I had. Some OK and some are going out on a limb. What do you think?


February 9th, 2012
7:08 pm

PlanB are you kidding me. You don’t get ride of your best past rusher to try and sign another pass rusher. Ovie should go, turner needs to go and you don’t get ride of your best WR in White. Yes he is still the best WR on the team. Grimes is gone he can not play press coverage, its that simple. Dunta will be a beast in press.OOOh Snelling is gone too. We need more speed there.


February 9th, 2012
7:12 pm

You can add 50 to that list of see ya, I think that is why they drafted Dent in the 3rd last year.As good as Loften is he can’t cover ANYONE! Then it becomes all about the MONEY!!


February 9th, 2012
7:37 pm

So pretty much the same thing as last year. Abe, sacks on the mediocre teams. Turner up the middle getting large gaines against the mediocre teams, leaving Snelling and Quizz on the sideline. 300 plus carries per year.
Where do we get all the money to spend on OL & DL? We have several we have drafted. Maybe some will be OK. I hope. Another year of I hope. What’s your idea, Ct38.

Tater in AFG

February 9th, 2012
8:17 pm

Thanks Roll. Saw where he was the leading man, but didn’t know they pulled the trigger. Thanks Cuz.


February 9th, 2012
8:49 pm

Tater, thanks for serving our country.


February 10th, 2012
12:01 am

Key year coming for Falcons. Make or break for Smith and Ryan. Turner,Baker, and Ovie need to go. Keep Snelling and Rogers. Move Dunta to safety, keep Grimes and Moore. Peria Jerry useless–needs to go. Lofton costs too much and Decoud not a playmaker. That is a lot of things to fix.

Falcon Jonk

February 10th, 2012
1:18 am

It is nothing to be excited for me just yet…wait until August comes then well go from there yeah?
this is completely transformation almost entirely coaching staffs. shoot!

ken herock

February 10th, 2012
8:04 am

Jim, you’re an idiot.


February 10th, 2012
8:24 am

Thanks Tater for all you and your guys do.
Agreeing with jim. Make or break year for Smith. He is too conservative to run the OC and the offense. We gave away many picks to get JJ. That can only mean we are going to a passing oriented offense. Turner with 2 yrs left on contract needs to be traded. Someone said we could get a 4 in the draft. Great. Get the mothballs off of Snelling and Quizz. Snelling plays with heart and has always done a great job every time he is asked. In my earlier post I forgot to mention getting rid of Baker, Jerry and Weems. That also, will free some money up.

Double Zero Eight

February 10th, 2012
9:12 am

Ryan is not a mobile quarterback, As a result, he needs
good protection in order to have a chance of completing
his passes. He can not throw “on the run” with accuracy,
In order for the Falcons to maximize their investments in
Ryan and Julio, the number one priority should be pass
blocking for the new OL coach. If not, the draft picks utilized
for Ryan and Jones can be considered an exercise in futility.

Double Zero Eight

February 10th, 2012
9:25 am

The Falcons could have gone to a HBCU and easily found
a free agent as good or better than Baker. These players
are apparently off the radar for the Falcons. Some may be
worth a look.


February 10th, 2012
9:47 am

The offensive line will be better this year, how much?who knows! ATLANTA needs to get OL, RB, DE, out of free agency. And not just one, but maybe two or three.

As far as the draft, being in the 2nd round-get the best player available and develop him. New York went after free-agents this past year and did an outstanding job- Why can’t Atlanta?

As far as Roddy White-keep him, don’t let him get away. Snelling -keep him, don’t let him get away.
Abe-keep him-don’t let him get away. Todd McClure-keep him-don’t let him get away. Harry Douglas-keep him-don’t let hime get away, Eric Weems-keep him -don’t let him get away.

Keep if you can- Thomas Decoud, James sanders, Brent Grimes, Kory Biermann.

Bring In-If you can-Demetrius Bell, Jared Gaither and/or Adam Goldberg(Offensive line)
Bryan Scott or Gabriel Wilson( Strong Safety)
Cortlan Finnegan, Tim Jennings or Rashaan Mathias(Cornerbacks)
Robert Mathias, Cliff Avril, Marcus Bernard or Calais Campbell (Defensive End)
Justin Forsett, Tashard Choice or Spencer Larson (Running backs)

Keep the tight ends as much as possible and draft a tight end (Orson Charles, maybe). Be willing to spend the $$’s this year and get the right players! Atlanta has over-spent on some free agents acquisition, so more scrutiney by all the staff and Mr. Blank would be necessary to ensure they are getting the right person.
I’m confident this year free agency will be different with Mr. Blank, it was good to see the disgust and fire in his eyes during the press interview. Atlanta has an owner who has a “set” and will not let personalities get in the way of getting the best and right players for Atlanta. He was instrumental in building a company such as “Home Depot” where he made hard but deliberate decisions to grow and I’m for one, glad he is at the helm of ATLANTA!

I get the feeling from Mr.Blank It’s, time for the players and coaches to produce at a high level, or he will find some other person who will! It’s time to make a hard run into the play-off’s and hopefully the Super Bowl! It was done in 1998 and it can be done now!

Smitty is the right coach and I like Thomas D., but it’s time for players-not building- you bring proven veterans in- draft to your future needs and give the new players time to develop and take over the role once the veterans are gone.



February 10th, 2012
10:13 am

i will defer to the falcon front office to do what they can do to address the needs for the team.with that said, baker needs to move on, tight end rookie to understudy tony,along with palmer. with the changes in coaches a wait and see if some players respond positively to new systems.

North FLA Falcon

February 10th, 2012
10:20 am

Good to see Buddy Curry … a fearsome hitman from back in the day.

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

February 10th, 2012
10:42 am

To Jalan67 at 9:47am -
Agree with all except Weems, DeCoud, and Smith. I do believe Smith will be gone this time next year without marked improvement in several areas including pass protection and pass defense/pass rush.

North FLA Falcon

February 10th, 2012
11:24 am

Very disappointed in Weems this year. Too many fair catches and too many times watching the ball bounce deeper and deeper into our territory (2nd Saints game and also Giants playoff game). The guy is very talented but he was playing scared this year. Cmon man.


February 10th, 2012
12:22 pm

For all u people wanting to franchise Brent Grimes, are u smoking crack? U cannot pay that man $10.5 mil for one season. No way, no how!!! He is not that good.

Jimmy Crack

February 10th, 2012
2:22 pm

That Jackson is one giant hunk of cheese. Maybe Hill can keep him healthy. We need all the O line we can get for this upcoming TRYOUT for offensive linemen.


February 10th, 2012
3:49 pm

How do we fix all the obvious holes without gutting the entire team and setting us back 3to5 years. Front Office. Please don’t trade anymore 1st round draft picks. Are there any FALCONS willing to restructure your contact? We need dominant DT an 2 decent OLs Make 1a LT and let Sam Baker see how it feels to be sacked. Don’t overpay Grimes orMcClure but try to keep. Restructuring Abe Turner D.Robinson, might help with free-agents. We need major tweek, not starting over. Love the different opinions on this blog.


February 10th, 2012
4:07 pm

I just cancelled my season tickets after 12 seasons as a season ticket holder. I encourage others who have gotten hoodwinked and jipped by this truly pathetic excuse for an NFL organization to do just the same. I’ve written it several times on this blog, and Blank ought to appreciate this: if I go to Home Depot and purchase faulty product or get bad service, HD ceases getting my business, and I take my hard earned dollars over to Lowes. Football should be no different. You can call me a bandwagon fan or a fair weather fan, but I call myself a smart, discerning consumer who seeks to punish a former vendor due to consistently substandard results. In my case I will put $2,800 back into my pocket for 2012. Now I want you to think about that little stunt you pulled in January, Falcon players and management, when you are repeatedly subjected to the NFL blackout rule in 2012. You will hopefully look back and say, “we should have put more effort into our performance, should have been better prepared and given our customers more.”


February 10th, 2012
4:23 pm

Coach Hill
Hope you can make a Silk Purse out of A Sows Ear. Good Luck and hope you can fire -up this next group of OLs. I also hope you get some input into 2012 Draft. Which direction are we going? Pass,Run, or Balance? Can’t wait for your interview.


February 10th, 2012
4:40 pm

No hope for next year. Bye Dimitroff, Smith !


February 10th, 2012
5:22 pm

5 years ago, I told everyone that Fresno would bypass Boise as the new power, but that never came to pass. Fresno played a much harder schedule, but also recruited way better athletes than Boise.

This is no indication as to whether Coach Hill can coach O-line in the league. He seems like a good man.

I hope he does well for (us).

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February 11th, 2012
7:18 am

James……….Mr Blank is no longer assotiated with Home Depot. When he was there, they ran a fine store. Best owner we have had in this town since Ted! There are a thousand stories, none relevant to football. I no longer go to Lowes, they lied to me about a credit card promotion. Who cares? Lets talk football and support our Falcons.


February 11th, 2012
12:30 pm

Falcons 2012 Draft Easy Button 1.0

1.22 – Cleveland Browns- Julio Jones, WR, Ala

2.55 – Cordy Glenn, OL, 6′6, 345, UGA
– Remington Finalist, Outland Watch List, plug/play

3.87 – Ben Jones, C, 6′3, 305, UGA
-Remington Finalist, Outland Watch list, plug/play

4.109 – Cleveland Browns – Julio Jones, WR, Ala

5.133 – Chris Rainey, RB, 5′8, 178, Fla.
– 4.36/40 – speed back missing since Norwood

6. 165 – Christian Thompson, FS, 6′1, 213, SCSU
– Auburn transfer – combo safety w return skills

7. 197 – Lamont Bryant, TE, 6′6, 230, MSU
– Former QB, sleeper, 4.6/40, super athletic

Georgia OL immediate upgrade; bring chemistry, top shelf talent;
while others scrambling for DBs, Falcons set anchors.

Rainey is lightning in a bottle we’ve missed since Norwood;
teams will be wary of his size, we won’t.

Thompson is big hitting, big playmaker at safety, Auburn transfer;
St. Thomas Aquinas grad provides immediate options.

Bryant is the small school stud nobody but hbcuclassics have heard of;
see Ricardo Lockett, Seattle Seahawks.



February 11th, 2012
11:13 pm

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