Falcons hire Robiskie

On the cuffs of naming Mike Mularkey their offensive coordinator, the Falcons have made one more addition to the coaching staff in hiring Terry Robiskie as wide receivers coach. Robiskie has over twenty years of experience as an NFL coach, and served as an interim head coach twice in his career, coaching a total of eight games with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He has compiled a 2-6 record in an interim role.

Robiskie’s most recent work came as a receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins this past year, where he worked with Mularkey. Prior to that he was with the Cleveland Browns. He worked as the Browns receivers coach from 2001-03 and 2005-06. He also was their offensive coordinator in 2004, and finished the final five games of that season as interim head coach, taking over for Butch Davis. Prior to his stint in Cleveland, he was the passing game coordinator for the Washington Redskins for 2 years, during which he worked three game as their interim head coach, taking over for Norv Turner in 2000. Prior to that he worked 16 years as an assistant with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders. He began in 1982 as an assistant special teams coach, before moving on to assistant running backs in 1985, followed by tight ends coach in 1988, offensive coordinator in 1989, and finally wide receivers coach in 1994.

Robiskie began coaching after a five year playing career at running back. He spent three years with the Oakland Raiders (1977-79) and two with the Miami Dolphins (1980-81), where he also played fullback. He finished his career with 553 rushing yards on 159 carries (3.5 avg) and 5 touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for 147 yards (6.4 avg). He was originally an 8th round pick by the Raiders in 1977 out of LSU.

During Robiskie’s career, he has worked with a number of quality young receivers including Tim Brown, Michael Westbrook, Braylon Edwards, and Ted Ginn. And now will be tasked with getting even more contributions out of Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and Laurent Robinson. Both Jenkins and White are coming off years where they had career highs in both receptions and receiving yards. Robinson is also coming off a season where he had the highest number of receptions and receiving yards for a rookie since Bert Emanuel in 1994.

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