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Falcons hire offensive line coach

Postby buddyboy » Thu Feb 02, 2006 5:45 pm

The Atlanta Falcons have hired UCLA offensive coordinator Tom Cable as offensive line coach, coach Jim Mora confirmed Thursday.

Cable also served as UCLA's offensive line coach.


Cable replaces Jeff Jagodzinski, who last month was named offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.

Jagodzinski coached the Falcons' tight ends in 2004 and then the offensive line in 2005. The Falcons led the NFL in rushing the past two seasons.

Cable will work with Alex Gibbs, who has agreed to return as a consultant. Gibbs is credited with designing the blocking schemes used by the Falcons' offensive line the last two years under Mora.

Cable has studied Gibbs' schemes for years, according to Mora. Cable followed Gibbs when Gibbs was the offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos and again studied Gibbs' work with the Falcons last season.

Cable is regarded as one of the top college offensive line coaches in the nation. He previously worked as an offensive coordinator at Colorado and head coach at Idaho.

The Bruins averaged 39 points a game and finished 10-2 last season.

"Tom will be a fine addition to our coaching staff; he is one of the top offensive line coaches in the country who also has experience as a head coach and offensive coordinator," Mora said.

"Under Tom's guidance UCLA was one of the most productive offenses in the NCAA. We are excited to have him as a part of the Falcons organization."

The hiring was first reported Thursday morning by the Los Angeles Daily News. One day earlier, UCLA's signing class included eight offensive linemen — "the best group I've ever recruited," Cable told the paper.

Cable is the third UCLA assistant coach to accept an NFL job, following running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, now with the Minnesota Vikings, and assistant head coach and tight ends coach Jon Embree, who was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cable is the second offensive assistant hired by the Falcons following a disappointing 8-8 season.

Last month the team hired Bill Musgrave as new quarterbacks coach. Musgrave replaces Mike Johnson, who was fired.

Musgrave, 38, spent 2005 as quarterbacks coach of the Washington Redskins.

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Postby Pudge » Thu Feb 02, 2006 9:24 pm

Are we now much closer to drafting Maurice Drew?
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Postby The_Incomparable » Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:44 am

Pudge wrote:Are we now much closer to drafting Maurice Drew?


Eh. I could live without drafting a RB this year.
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Postby MadBirdMike » Fri Feb 03, 2006 4:14 am

Is there an upside to this hiring? Is this guy any good? I tried to find the Bruins record for the past several years, and it was like tapping into the Pentagon. Some guarded secret? THe one site i did find was only updated to 2003 and had the last three years listed as 7-5, 6-6, 7-5. Even UCLA's own site, was a mess to find anything in. Maybe it's just my headache, but I'm getting a bad vibe here.

I ask again, is this guy any good? Is he an improvement over Jagodzinski?

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Postby dirtybirdnw » Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:40 pm

Wow I'm actually impressed with the signing of Cable. Here are the numbers from his teams for the last few years.

Season Results, rushing, passing, scoring/PPG

UCLA (Offensive Line)
2005: 10-2, Sun Bowl | 1,928 Rushing | 3,244 Passing | 469/39 PPG
2004: 6-6, Las Vegas Bowl | 2,219 Rushing | 2,701 Passing | 361/30 PPG

U of Idaho (Head Coach/Offensive Line)
2003: 2-9 | 1,504 Rushing | 3,073 Passing | 248/20 PPG
2002: 2-10 | 1,380 Rushing | 3,475 Passing | 285/23 PPG
2001: ?-? | 1,260 Rushing | 3,826 Passing | 313/26 PPG
2000: ?-? | 1,628 Rushing | 3,357 Passing | 321/26 PPG

U of Colorado (Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends/Offensive Line)
1999: 9-4, Aloha Bowl | 1,958 Rushing | 3,011 Passing | 343/28 PPG
1998: 8-5, Insight.com Bowl | 1,885 Rushing | 2,226 Passing | 205/17 PPG
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Postby Pudge » Fri Feb 03, 2006 8:05 pm

The main negative against him seems to be he isn't HC material, compiling a 11-35 record at Idaho.

He's sent 3 starters to the NFL: Todd Steussie, Tarik Glenn, and Jake Scott. Steussie maybe an option for us this off-season if we let Weiner go. Scott IMO would be a perfect fit at RT for us He was a player I thought the Falcons would target in '04, but we didn't take a OL that year.

I don't have any issues with this move. He's young and will be learning from one of the best in Gibbs.
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