Robiskie denied permission to join Mularkey in Jax

Atlanta Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie looks to hook the "big one" as players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Lake Lanier, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleader on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake.   Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie looks to hook the "big one" as players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Lake Lanier, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleader on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

While Jacksonville was able to raid the Falcons’ coaching ranks for their head coach and quarterbacks coach, the Falcons drew the line when they tried to land wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie.

Former offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was hired as Jacksonville’s head coach and ex-quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski was hired as their offensive coordinator. Both were under contract, but the moves to Jacksonville were promotions and couldn’t be blocked.

Robiskie’s move was lateral to the same position and could be blocked.

Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union reported the move in a story on how Mularkey has been building the team.

Mularkey said he and general manager Gene Smith agreed that Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie, along with (Jerry) Sullivan, who supposedly retired a season ago, were the top two candidates. But when Atlanta denied Robiskie permission to talk to the Jaguars, Mularkey thought he was going to turn to Plan B.

Coach Mularkey also spoke about how he’s had to deal with his 21-year-old son Shane’s arrest on a cocaine possession charge in Chapel Hill, N.C.

“Parenting is the toughest job in the world,” he said. “It was a poor decision to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“I’m not sure it would have been as big a thing if it wasn’t for me. Unfortunately, he’s experiencing the consequences of me being a head coach. We’re a very close family. He’ll be OK, but when it’s all said and done, he’s the one that’s going to have to live with it.”

 

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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CJ

February 13th, 2012
7:20 pm

could it be???
FIRST!!!!!!

SirReal

February 13th, 2012
7:35 pm

Yeah CJ You made it.LOL A bit overrated huh? The first time I got “first” guys on here made me think I was getting a check in the mail.lol Alas…lol

Yeah, I think the birds are already mad that Snead is gone. They definitely werent about to let Robiskie go. The guy is a proven NFL coach and I can see why Mularkey would want him to coach up the terrible WR corps in JAX.lol

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J-Man

February 13th, 2012
8:24 pm

Ok D-LED who do you think will get resigned, Abraham, Grimes, Decoud, or Lofton. Also who do you think will get cut: Ovie, Sam Baker, Peria Jerry. Also Who do you think we could go after in Free Agency? I like to hear your predictions

Uh huh

February 13th, 2012
9:06 pm

Yep, it was all about the “wrong place, wrong time”. Sure, heard that one before. Sounds like little Mularkey is into the nose candy. Kind of wish his dad was, too, and maybe our playcalling would have been a little more aggressive. Instead he put us to sleep all the time.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 13th, 2012
10:25 pm

Let him leave, it won’t make a difference. Falcons will never be better than the Hawks. Not in a million years.

mFalcons5

February 13th, 2012
11:00 pm

I thought you can block anything except interviewing someone for a head coach position. For an example of this, see Tampa getting denied interviews with just about every coach out there: http://www2.tbo.com/news/bucs/2012/feb/11/1/bucs-denied-again-49ers-wont-let-team-speak-to-db–ar-357741/

So Mularkey could go because it would be a HC spot. The front office must have been fine with Bratkowski leaving, and gave the new OC the option to fill the QB spot.

Rikus

February 14th, 2012
12:56 am

DOL, I think we need a fact-check on this one. My sources tell me that the Bratkowski move *could* have been blocked by the Falcons, but they let him go. It’s only interviews for head coaching positions that can’t be blocked. Please, correct me if I’m wrong.

Seems everyone is denying interviews, now that we’re in March. Just look at what Tampa Bay is going through to hire their staff – they’ve already been denied thrice!

SawThat1nce

February 14th, 2012
1:26 am

So, is Mularkey saying that the only reason his son was busted for coke, was that his father was a headcoach of an NFL team?

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Paddy

February 14th, 2012
6:47 am

ND ……..the Falcons will never be better than the Hawks? Now that is an interesting comment. Heck, the Hawk are not even better than the Canton Bulldogs and they have not played in 60 + years.

Whopper Dawg

February 14th, 2012
6:53 am

If he wanted to go, he should have been allowed to go.

Jimmy Crack

February 14th, 2012
7:17 am

Let him go. Our receivers have that curl route down pat.

Me Too

February 14th, 2012
7:25 am

I wish the Falcons had blocked Mike Mularkey from going to Jacksonville.

Shug

February 14th, 2012
8:02 am

“It was a poor decision to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. . . I’m not sure it would have been as big a thing if it wasn’t for me.”

That’s how he’s spinning his coke-head son’s arrest?

I usually just read but....

February 14th, 2012
8:06 am

When kids start down the “crack rock” road they rarely, if ever, come back. It’s sad, but that kid will live a life of “wrong place, wrong time”.

12 men in the huddle

February 14th, 2012
8:07 am

….raid our coaching staff for Mike Mularkey? He was the worst offensive coordinator in the league! Blake should have fired that smuck along time ago! We were fortunate the Jags took him off our hands!

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 14th, 2012
8:08 am

Do you even need a coach for 2 players? That is like having a Fullback coach.

12 men in the huddle

February 14th, 2012
8:10 am

“Let him go. Our receivers have that curl route down pat.”

…exactly! Our offensive was way too predictable. Our receivers dropped way too many passes. If the receiving wanted to go, then don’t let the door hit ya where the dog bit ya! Bring in some guy with a little imagination!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
8:40 am

Walker, Texas Ranger – First, let me state that I really enjoy your show! I commend you for your fine work. The WR coach ends up with about 8 to 10 players. A unit of 5 to 6 for the season plus some practice squaders (Drew Davis and Kevin Cone last season.) The reserves are usually key contributers on special teams. Also, the Falcons play so much 11 personnel that the No. 3 receiver is almost a starter.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
8:42 am

12 men in the huddle — Mularkey’s offenses led the Falcons to 43 victories and a Division title. Maybe it was time for change, but he did a good job here.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
8:43 am

I usually just read but . . . — Please enlighten us? (Whitney?)

ken herock

February 14th, 2012
8:56 am

Wow. if you read the comments after Vito Stellino’s article in the FLA Times-Union, those guys are really glad to be rid of Dirk Koetter. “Getting rid of Koetter automatically made us better”.

TD has no clue!

February 14th, 2012
9:02 am

Any coach that wants to leave let him leave. We don’t have any Lombardi’s on this staff.

Foothills

February 14th, 2012
9:10 am

Huh, Pops, if your son is doing coke it IS a big deal.

JJ

February 14th, 2012
9:27 am

@ Najeh:

I love your insight on the Hawks (only ever read your comments and MC’s), but you are way off on the Falcons and Braves comparisons to the the Hawks. When was the last time the Hawks were a 1 seed (Falcons 2010)? When was the last time the Hawks played in the chamionship (Falcons 98, Braves 95)? When was the last time the Hawks won a championship (Braves 95)?

I know the Hawks have been to the 2nd round and had much more success in the playoffs than the Falcons, but it’s a little different in the one and done world of the NFL compared to the NBA. Even so, the Hawks have had more success than the rest in the playoffs. I’ll give you that. However, as much as I love the Hawks, no way I can look at the three franchises and think that they are closer to winning a championship than the Falcons or Braves. Not with Sund and the ASG at the helm. Won’t happen.

The Falcons and Braves are a hell of a lot closer to a championship than the Hawks.

12 men in the huddle

February 14th, 2012
9:27 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter – Mularkey’s offenses led the Falcons to 43 victories and a Division title. Maybe it was time for change, but he did a good job here.

…..but then we get MCHammered in the playoffs with the most predictable offense and easiest to game plan for…..3 times!!! We lost to Arizona, then Green Bay after a bye week and a home game, and could only score 2 points against the Giants….and that was the defense that scored!

I used to read a lot more...

February 14th, 2012
9:40 am

I cannot stand the people who are so quick to condemn a person’s whole life over just one snippet of news. I think what the coach is saying is that his son’s arrest would not have been reported if his father wasn’t a quasi-celebrity of sorts, and on that he’s correct. A 21 year old dabbling in drugs is hardly uncommon these days, and it hasn’t been uncommon for a long, long time. Its just not really newsworthy. The notion that kids who start doing drugs don’t go on to become successful in life is just plain sheltered and ignorant. The truth is that there are millions of adults who use recreational drugs and still lead a prosperous life, even while continuing to dabble in drugs from time to time. Responsibility is what keeps most people out of the gutter. Cocaine is not nearly as addictive as Nancy Reagan taught you. The real problem is with sitting on the couch all day. Most people who dabble with the nose candy are just too busy to develop an addiction. Teach your kids to work and the likelihood they will ever have the time to get addicted to something will be significantly reduced. Just another reason why Newt is right about giving poor kids the opportunity to learn to work.

I usually just read but....

February 14th, 2012
9:57 am

Dled
Tell you what I know from a personal side. A family member tells me this about crack. The first try is usually the hook. Described to me by the user, the first time “high” is such a good feeling that they have to do it again. That first time feeling can’t ever be reached again. So they do more, and then more to try and get that “high” they had the first time. Thinking one more rock, one more toke will get them there. Stealing, lying, covering up what they do with their time and money. Mostly getting high by themselves, it’s not a “party time”, good time drug, they are on a quest to reach that first time high again but the drug will never effect their brain like it did that first time. Still, they can’t stop trying. Crack dealers should be given LIFE w/out ANY chance of parole. EVER. They are killing our country at it’s core.

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

February 14th, 2012
10:08 am

To Jimmy Crack at 7:17am –
Thanks for making me laugh out loud. Unfortunately, you probably weren’t joking!

I usually just read but....

February 14th, 2012
10:09 am

I used to read a lot more…
you don’t know much about “crack”cocaine do you? Some research would be in order for you I think. It’s not a “recreational drug”. I see nothing wrong with a doobie now and then.

Roger

February 14th, 2012
10:14 am

@9:06 what a stupid comment. Get a damn life.
DOL good job…Thanks

I used to read a lot more...

February 14th, 2012
10:25 am

Who got arrested for possession of crack? Your reading and comprehension skills are a little off. You are discussing something that isn’t part of the story. According to the story up top, the kid was arrested for cocaine, NOT crack. Crack and heroin are different animals. How those people get there is beyond me, but that is beside the point. You shouldn’t take a story that says “cocaine” and label it “crack cocaine”.

Sid

February 14th, 2012
10:39 am

SawThat1nce

February 14th, 2012
1:26 am
So, is Mularkey saying that the only reason his son was busted for coke, was that his father was a headcoach of an NFL team?
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No, he indicated that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time……………..unfortunately with a baggie in his pocket.

I usually just read but....

February 14th, 2012
10:42 am

I hope your right. If I had to bet I’d say ur wrong.

Gwinnett Fred

February 14th, 2012
10:45 am

I always have to wonder what a coach that was denied leaving will put forth thereafter. I guess we’ll see.

Although since ATL led the NFL in drops last year, not sure why we decided this was the guy we draw the line at. The players have the talent, drops should be something a coach should be able to “fix” thru concentration drills or technique tweaking.

Anyway – I think WR’s are one of our least concerns for next year. Putting a competitive defense on the field will prove to be much more challenging.

Sid

February 14th, 2012
10:47 am

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
8:42 am
12 men in the huddle — Mularkey’s offenses led the Falcons to 43 victories and a Division title. Maybe it was time for change, but he did a good job here.
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Granted I am not anti Mularkey as many as I have seen on here but DLed, there was a considerable lack of imagination with Mularkey’s offense. How many times did we see a play go down in a puff of smoke only to come back to those that failed………… the reverse is a very good example.
It was time for a change.

BornADawg

February 14th, 2012
11:17 am

Some on here keep referring to “crack” as being the drug that Mularkey’s son was using. I’ve read the article over and over and I don’t see the word crack anywhere, only the word cocaine. While neither is a good decision for this young man, at least get your facts straight before throwing the work “crack” around. It says cocaine, not crack. That is just an assumption.

Jeff B

February 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

DOL, I guess you conveniently avoided the fact-check question I posted near the top?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 14th, 2012
4:24 pm

Jeff B – No I didn’t. Just got busy with the Moss blog and now the Dimitroff. Really a moot point.

Gritsfalcon

February 15th, 2012
2:55 am

Hi DLed and I appreciate your fine work letting us know what is happening in Flowery Branch. However I have to give a resounding “no” to Moss! Yes, he is a great talent and “yes” he might help the club, some. However, when the club REALLY needs him late in the year he is going to have one of his tantrums and at the very least, get a teammate upset at him. No thanks.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

February 15th, 2012
6:55 am

Gritsfalcon — Understood.

Veedub

February 15th, 2012
9:44 am

The Falcons need a veteran with a bit of an edge. Players like Moss/T.O. can be bad but they also want to win! Their work ethics are unquestionable and could definitely add some fire to this team. We need it!!!! Passion for the game and an understanding that during playoff time you gotta play at a different level. The current Falcons players do not understand that, noone one that team does!!! We need someone with that passion BAD! Not saying the current boys dont wanna win but they dont know how to play at a playoff level! You can’t play regular season football during the playoffs.