Bratkowski agrees to take over as QB coach

The team announced late Friday night that former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski had agreed to become the Falcons new quarterbacks coach, replacing Bill Musgrave, who took over as the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator last month.

Bratkowski, 55, spent ten seasons as the Bengals offensive coordinator, first joining the team in 2001. Prior to that he spent time as the wide receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he shared time with current Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, who was then the Steelers tight ends coach. Prior to his stint in Pittsburgh, he was the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks for four seasons under Dennis Erickson, after three seasons as the receivers coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant at several colleges, serving as an offensive coordinator for the entirety of the 80s. Most prominently he served for three years at the University of Miami (1989-91), where he was part of two national championship teams under Erickson.

His father, Zeke, was an All-American quarterback at the University of Georgia before spending 15 seasons in the NFL, most notably as the backup to Bart Starr on the Vince Lombardi-led Packers of the 1960s.

Despite having little experience as a position coach for quarterbacks, his knowledge of Mularkey’s offense and stint tutoring Carson Palmer for the past 8 years in Cincinnati should allow him to help Matt Ryan, who is coming off a career year in 2010.

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