Falcons hire 3 more assistants

The Falcons announced that they have had added three more assistant coaches. Jerry Rosburg, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, will helm the Falcons special teams. The Falcons also named two assistant strength coaches in David Puloka and Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

Rosburg comes to the Falcons after six seasons as the Browns special teams coordinator. He will assume the duties left by Joe DeCamillis, who left to join the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff a week ago. Prior to joining the Browns, Rosburg coached for 20 years on the collegiate level, with stints at Notre Dame (1999-2000), Boston College (1997-98), Minnesota (1996), Cincinnati (1992-95), Western Michigan (1987-91), and Northern Michigan (1981-86). Most of his collegiate experience came as an assistant coach of defensive backs or linebackers, although he was in charge of special teams at both Notre Dame and Western Michigan.

Puloka, 28, comes to the Falcons from the University of Virginia, where he worked with new Falcons strength coach Evan Marcus in 2006. Puloka has a history in both track and football, excelling in both sports at Holy Cross. He had 19 career sacks during his career at Holy Cross, and also holds a school record in both indoor and outdoor shot put along with the discus.

Johnson is the fourth coach retained from Jim Mora’s staff. 2006 marked his first year as an assistant strength coach with the Falcons. But he had spent twelve years prior in charge of player programs and development in the Falcons organization. Johnson was a standout receiver and returner during his playing days. He played for the Falcons between 1982 and 1987, and also was a member of the Houston Oilers (1974-80) and Washington Redskins (1988). Over the course of 14 seasons in the NFL, Johnson made 3 Pro Bowls, caught 337 passes, and scored 33 touchdowns as a receiver and returner. He currently ranks 16 all-time among Falcons in receiving yards and second in punt return yards.

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