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