New Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino won’t have an easy task of filling out his coaching staff as it was reported today that Falcons special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis is moving onto take the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. DeCamillis is the lone coach to survive the entire tenures of Dan Reeves and Jim Mora, and is considered one of the premier special teams coaches around the league.
Under his leadership, the Falcons have boasted one of the top and most consistent special teams units in his ten seasons with the team. Allen Rossum earned a Pro Bowl spot in 2004 as the NFC’s return specialist. Byron Hanspard and Darrick Vaughn each have lead the the league in kickoff return touchdowns during DeCamillis’s read, while players like Tim Dwight and Darrien Gordon also were considered top return specialists. DeCamillis also helped develop Falcons kicker Jay Feely from an undrafted free agent into the NFL’s leading scorer in 2002. Punters Chris Mohr and Dan Stryzinski during their tenures were considered two of the best placement punters around, while undrafted rookie Michael Koenen is considered one of the up and coming young punters in the league. The Falcons led the league in punt coverage allowing the league’s lowest average return four times during his tenure, placed second twice, and sported two other Top Ten finishes.