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Falcons Add OL Coach Harman to Staff

February 7th, 2014 Comments off

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Atlanta Falcons have hired Wade Harman, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, to their coaching staff as the assistant offensive line coach. At the end of the 2013 regular season the Falcons fired both offensive line coaches in Pat Hill and Paul Dunn, and hired Mike Tice to coach the unit.

Harman previously served as the Ravens tight end coach for the past 15 years, being an original hire of former Ravens head coach Brian Billick in 1999 alongside current Falcons head coach Mike Smith. During his tenure in Baltimore, Harman coached the likes of Shannon Sharpe, Todd Heap, and Dennis Pitta. Prior to joining the Ravens, Harman worked with Tice as a coaching assistant coach with the Minnesota Vikings (1997-98). Before his stint in Minnesota, Harman was an assistant coach on the college level for a decade. He got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant with his alma mater Utah State in 1987. Harman played linebacker at Utah State after starting his college playing career at Drake.

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Why Hiring of Mike Tice Isn’t As Bad as You May Think

January 9th, 2014 Comments off
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Tice

I’ve heard quite a bit of mixed opinion on the Atlanta Falcons decision to hire Mike Tice as their new offensive line coach and I believe most of the negativity towards Tice is undeserved.

Much of the negativity stems from Tice’s recent stint as position coach of an abysmal Chicago Bears offensive line from 2010-11. That is understandable. Over the course of those two seasons, the Bears certainly were well-deserved of the reputation of the league’s worst offensive line. They gave up the most sacks in those two seasons, topping out at 105 combined sacks allowed.

But I don’t think it’s quite fair to attribute that solely on Tice. I think most of that lack of success in Chicago can be directly attributed to then offensive coordinator Mike Martz.

My point here isn’t to say that Tice isn’t blameless in the struggles of the Bears offensive line, but there is compelling evidence that suggests the Bears struggles to protect Jay Cutler over those two seasons had more to do with Martz than Tice’s inability to teach.

That evidence is that leading the NFL in sacks allowed was a regular achievement of Martz-coordinated offenses. Here are the numbers:

Mike Martz Offenses (Sacks Allowed)

Shows the number of sacks allowed by teams when they were coordinated by Martz (on left) and the number of sacks allowed by team after Martz's departure from team (on right), with combined league rankings over the course of those years.
Year(s)
Team
Sacks
Per Yr.
Rank
Year(s)
Sacks
Per Yr.
Rank
2000-05Rams26944.8292006-1127545.830
2006-07Lions11758.5322008-099547.531
200849ers5555.03220094040.022
2010-11Bears10552.5322012-137437.013

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Falcons Hire Mike Tice to Coach OL

January 8th, 2014 Comments off
Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Tice

This morning the Atlanta Falcons confirmed what was first rumored by ESPN’s Vaughn McClure and reported by Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post last night, that the team has hired Mike Tice to coach their offensive line. Tice is known for his emphasis on toughness, likely meeting the desires expressed by Falcons owner Arthur Blank earlier this week about adding that element back to the team.

Tice was out of football this past year after spending several seasons coaching the offensive line of the Chicago Bears. His last year there in 2012, he served as the team’s offensive coordinator. That year, he was able to maintain the Bears success running the football, as they posted a top 10 ranking in rushing yards, similar to what they did the year prior. Before being named offensive coordinator, Tice spent two seasons coaching the Bears offensive line. No NFL team gave up more sacks in those two seasons than the Bears, as the team combined for 105 sacks allowed from 2010-11. But in the year where Tice was calling the plays and had direct control over the protection schemes, that number was reduced to 44 sacks, which ranked 25th in the league.

Prior to joining the Bears, Tice worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars for four years, including two in which he was on the same staff as Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Tice first joined the Jaguars in 2006, where he served as assistant head coach and offensive assistant, before adding duties of coaching the team’s tight ends in 2007.

Tice landed in Jacksonville after four years as the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach, where he compiled a 32-32 record. His first chance to become the head coach of that team came in 2001, where he was the team’s interim head coach after the dismissal of Dennis Green. The team lost the lone game in which he coached that season. Tice was promoted to interim coach after being the team’s offensive line coach for five seasons. During that time, Tice tutored five Vikings starters that earned Pro Bowl bids, including firsts for centers Matt Birk and Jeff Christy, and tackles Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer. Tice was first hired by the Vikings in 1996 to coach their tight ends after playing three seasons with the team at that position.

Tice’s NFL career began in 1981 with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland, where he played quarterback. He played for the Seahawks until 1988, and again from 1990-91 before joining the Vikings in 1992. He sat out of football in 1994 before playing one last year with the Vikings in 1995. He also played briefly for the Washington Redskins in 1989. During the course of his NFL career, Tice played in 117 games, starting 110 of them, and caught 107 passes for 894 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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