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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Former OL Coaches Move

Paul Boudreau was fired earlier in the month from the Rams; Mike Maser, 2003-07, is now the line coach for the Dolphins; Tony Wise is out in NY where the Jets have landed Bill Callahan, former Raiders OC, then HC, and then Nebraska HC ; Wise will land at the University of Pittsburgh. Jim McNally, who the Panthers never should've let go in 1999, was injured on the sidelines in mid-2007, and has retired.

Coaching Changes Seem Unlikely
It looks like the coaching staff will stay remarkably static this year; possible staff changes echoed, most notably at Danny Crossman, Sal Sunseri, and in my opinion, line coach Dave Magazu; as more coaches, such as Steve Loney and Mike Solari filter through the ranks, the options are becoming much more slim if changes were to be made. The team did dodge a bullet by keeping Tim Lewis aboard; the new DBs coach was not allowed to interview for the Bengals' DC job. Speculation arose that Mike Trgovac is in trouble; indeed, if MT was fired, Lewis would probably be the guy to replace him. However, that change is also unlikely, and the team wasn't expected to make coordinator changes.

Atlanta Staff
The union of deposed GM-turned-President Rich McKay and Tom Dimitroff has spat out a nontraditional name in Atlanta; the team has turned to Jacksonville DC Mike Smith as head coach.

The untested coach has tapped Mike Mularkey as OC, and Bill Musgrave will stay on as QBs coach. They brought up Gerald Brown from the college ranks as RBs coach. They add WRs coach Terry Robiskie and keep the other "go-to minority interim head coach", DBs coach Emmitt Thomas. Brian VanGorder, former Jags LBs coach, will be the DC; Ray Hamilton, the Jags' DL coach, is now the Falcons'. I was a little surprised they let Hamilton walk, but VanGorder had already accepted a college job, getting him out of Jacksonville early. They lack an OL coach, and will work on that next; they lack a lot of pro experience, but have enough college time to say they can mold young players. VanGorder should be a good DC for them, and Mularkey runs a fairly diverse offense.
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