Atlanta Falcons: Bailey, Flanigan to serve coaching fellowships

Former Howard University head coach Carey Bailey and Mississippi Valley State’s assistant coach Ramon Flanigan will take

Carey Bailey during his tenure as Howard's head coach.

Carey Bailey during his tenure as Howard's head coach. (Howard University)

part in the NFL’s minority coaching fellowship program with the Falcons during training camp.

Bailey is currently the defensive line coach at Lamar and Flanigan is the offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at Mississippi Valley State.

“As a coach, you want to give back to that fraternity in any way possible, so we are excited to have these two fine coaches joining us for training camp as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity for these coaches to be exposed to new ideas, not only in terms of X’s and O’s, but also philosophically.”

Bailey, a former University of Tennessee standout, begins his first season as the defensive line coach at Lamar University after serving as the head coach at Howard University from 2007-10. Prior to taking the helm at Howard, Bailey spent two seasons as the defensive line coach at the University of Minnesota. He also served as the defensive line coach at Oklahoma State in 2004 and Middle Tennessee State in 2003. Bailey spent five seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette (1998-2002) coaching the defensive line, special teams and linebackers. His first coaching position came at Virginia Military Institute where he was defensive line coach from 1995-98.

Flanigan is entering his second season at Mississippi Valley State as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to arriving at MVSU, Flanigan spent the 2008 season as the wide receivers coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy and was the quarterbacks coach at Galveston Ball High School in 2009. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Texas, including five as the program’s offensive coordinator. Flanigan played collegiately at Southern

Ramon Flanigan during his SMU days. (SMU Heritage Hall).

Ramon Flanigan during his SMU days. (SMU Heritage Hall).

Methodist University.

The Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, which was named after the man who conceived the idea – late Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh – exposes talented minority college coaches to the methods and philosophies of summer NFL training camps. Walsh introduced the concept in 1987 when he brought a group of minority coaches into his San Francisco 49ers’ training camp. The program has mentored more than 1,500 minority coaches through the years, including Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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26 comments Add your comment

SeenThisB4

July 5th, 2012
2:44 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 5th, 2012
2:51 pm

Congrats Seen! You be nice to everybody today.

WTF???

July 5th, 2012
3:03 pm

Heck no, Seen needs to crawl back to his urine soaked enclave in the rectal region of this country they like to call Narlins’!

atl forever

July 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

dled dont give him no reason to be on here too bad the saints want finish first

SeenThisB4

July 5th, 2012
3:26 pm

@WTF:

If you were a consistent reader, you would already know that I don’t have to return to the Crescent City, since I live here in The Big Easy. And by the way, they call the City that Care Forgot, “Nawlins”, not Narlins like you have.

I drove through ATL this past Friday though, what a blight on the earth’s landscape! Nothing but traffic and urban blight for miles and miles, and the unbelieveable, knee-buckling stench! I jumped into the Peach Pass Lane (whatever that is) and the HOV lanes just to get out of there sooner. By the way, what exactly is that Peach Pass Lane? How is that suppose to work? Are you suppose to have a pre-paid toll tag or something? Oh, and the cameras, if there are any, got a picture of reflected traffic behind me! LOL!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 5th, 2012
3:44 pm

Be nice Seen. Be nice.

SeenThisB4

July 5th, 2012
3:54 pm

Okay, I’ll put a leach on my tongue….for now. Later gents!

JSS

July 5th, 2012
4:00 pm

Wow, what a bunch of sad bloggers, and then they have the nerve to act “all high and mighty!” SMDH!

Elmer

July 5th, 2012
4:03 pm

SeenThisB4….don’t worry stupid, you’ll be getting a ticket from the GA Tollway Authority…and that smell came from either you or your nasty lady!

SeenThisB4

July 5th, 2012
4:08 pm

Even if I did get a ticket from the GA Tollway Authority, which I am certain I won’t get, what makes you think I would pay it? LOL! What could they do— suspend me? Unless Roger Goodell works for them, I’m free and clear!

Elmer

July 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

SeenThisB4….listen buttbreath…if you ran the lanes, you’ll be getting a ticket and don’t pay….LA, along 46 other states have a agreement about not paying tickets in other states and your ID gets flagged and no new drivers license at renewal time

SeenThisB4

July 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

Oh I am well versed with State reciprocal agreements, that’s why my ID as you call it, can’t be photographed! Not in Georgia, not in Louisiana.

JSS

July 5th, 2012
4:35 pm

Hijacked Falcons blog, new day same sad bloggers! (NTBU STB4)…

DDS can’t keep up with that sad excuse for a lapsed insurance database, get over yourselves!

Firsttimer

July 5th, 2012
10:03 pm

Just curious…Again, what was the article about?

tjhook

July 6th, 2012
6:48 am

Good call, firstimer. I am glad minorities are continuing to be introduced into the NFL’s highest circles. Those relationships would not happen unless there were compelling reasons like the Fellowship.

I usually just read but....

July 6th, 2012
7:52 am

I thought this story was about some white guys getting a break for a change. We are, after all, the minority race in this country now. In these times, I see no reason to give anyone anything because of their race but it’s “bless their hearts” their ancestors were treated poorly 200 years ago. Well so were mine. They were poor, white sharecroppers and probably had it worse than any slave. Nobody gave me anything, it, means more to EARN it rather than have it handed to you.

chawkins33

July 6th, 2012
1:01 pm

Well thats a bit much @I usually just read but…. but I will say that giving ANYONE anything based on race or gender does seem a little racist… However, my point is to respond to SeenThisB4 if you were so “high and mighty” (regarding youre state ID not being photographed, whatever that means) then why would you sit around this article with your “busy time” to throw salt at anything regarding the city of Atlanta. I do not live there but have visited many times as well as I have visited New Orleans, and I must say your comment about the smell of Atlanta is way off-base… And besides, have you been to Bourbon Street lately? That might be the biggest blight in the country, even Las Vegas seems to have a little bit of class…

Roundabout

July 6th, 2012
1:25 pm

Well said chawkins. I visited the city of “Nawlins” a few years back. The stench of urine was almost too much. Seen and his tribe must not have discovered toilets yet. If I never go back to Nawlins it will be too soon. An evil place.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

July 6th, 2012
3:47 pm

I would love to read just “ONE” of these articles by D-Led about the Falcons without any comments about or references to the City of New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the NO Saints.

I just don’t get the constant hate for another city’s NFL team along with the negative comments. If that is all you have to offer why not go to your own NFL team’s blog????? Every team has one!!!!! Talk about “NOT HAVING A LIFE”……..it is real obvious!!!!

Firsttimer

July 6th, 2012
7:04 pm

I do not think any of these coaches are asking for a hand out. From reading the article, it appears that they have earned their positions as coaches in the football business. As one who had to work twice as hard as my competitors from other ethnic groups; it is appears quite obvious that these guys are just as dedicated, sincere, and passionate about their professions as anyone else. It is simply a program to assist someone in growing in their field. What is wrong with that?

Laughing out Loud

July 6th, 2012
10:06 pm

laugh..laugh…laugh…laugh…Get a life people!

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D Bonerlando Bedwetter

July 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

hOW MUCH DO YOU THINK A HUMAN LEG WEIGHS?

Saints R.E.A.M.

July 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

@ I usually just read…. Most should realize by now that programs like the Fellowship are born out of a series of injustices or the sheer lack of opportunities for minorities who have prepared themselves as any other candidate…..they can’t rely on nepotism (like Marty Shottenheimer’s son, Bum Phillips’ son or Buddy Ryan’s sons) to help get them their big break into the league. Trust me those guys must EARN it just like you say YOU do…..sometimes they have to EARN it in spite of those injustices (kinda like EARNING it twice, huh?).

Saints R.E.A.M.

July 10th, 2012
7:34 pm

@I usually just read…… How many minorities can you name that have had both the Father & then the Son as a head coach in the league??? Let me give you a clue….that number begins with the letter Z.

ZERO.

I usually just read but....

July 12th, 2012
8:06 am

How many minorities can you name that have had both the Father & then the Son as a head coach in the league.
What is this about? The NFL is color blind. Has been for a long time. If a coach can win, well, that’s really all an owner is interested in. Are you telling me that if they hire a coach of a minority that they should give their sons a job later also? Because they are a minority. I lost your point somewhere, but I think you prove mine.