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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 13 “Hue Jackson Salad”

January 15th, 2012 Comments off

Ryan and I are back to recap the big coaching changes that have already occurred in this early 2012 off-season, and discuss our thoughts on Mike Mularkey, Brian VanGorder, and the many candidates that could potentially replace them. We also discuss whether or not the Falcons disappointing finish in 2011 rests on the shoulders of the coordinators, or more on those of the head coach. We argue whether or not these changes on the coaching staff can lead to dramatic upswing in the team’s fortunes in 2012. We also break down which Falcons free agents we believe will stay or go, and I go on a heated rant about the rumors surrounding Brent Grimes future in Atlanta. We both talk about potential trades and whether Roddy White and Michael Turner have played their last games in Falcon uniforms. Ryan runs down his free agency and draft day wishlists, and to finish we each share what teams if any we are rooting for in the rest of playoffs.

Ep. 13: Hue Jackson Salad [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

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VanGorder departs for Auburn

January 9th, 2012 Comments off
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Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder stepped down as the team’s defensive coordinator to take the same position at Auburn University. VanGorder has been the Falcons defensive coordinator since 2008, after initially accepting the defensive coordinator job at South Carolina after the departure of Bobby Petrino. But Smith was able to convince VanGorder to return to the Falcons.

Prior to joining the Falcons in 2007, VanGorder spent one year was the head coach at Georgia Southern. He spent a year as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005) after four years as the defensive coordinator at Georgia.

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VanGorder gets extension

March 2nd, 2010 Comments off
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Brian VanGorder

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that Falcons defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has signed an extension on his contract. Terms of hte deal were undisclosed. VanGorder has led the Falcons defense for the past two seasons, after spending a year as linebackers coach in 2007. Notably the Falcons saw significant improvement between 2008 and 2009 with the run defense, improving from 23rd ranked to 10th ranked last season.

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VanGorder to return to Falcons

January 24th, 2008 Comments off

Steve Wyche of the AJC reports that the Falcons are in negotiations for former Falcons linebacker coach Brian VanGorder to return to the team in the role of defensive coordinator. VanGorder had decided to join South Carolina as their defensive coordinator a month ago, shortly after the retirement of head coach Bobby Petrino. But due to the hiring of Mike Smith as Petrino’s replacement, VanGorder has opted to return to the NFL.

VanGorder and Smith worked together for a season in Jacksonville (2005), where VanGorder served as linebackers coach. VanGorder then moved on to become head coach at Georgia Southern in 2006, before accepting the spot with the Falcons this past year. Prior to his stint in Jacksonville, VanGorder was the defensive coordinator at the University of Georgia for four years.

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VanGorder leaves for SC

December 19th, 2007 Comments off reports that linebackers coach Brian VanGorder has accepted the vacant defensive coordinator position at the University of South Carolina. He is the second assistant coach to depart the team in the wake of the resignation of head coach Bobby Petrino last week. The first was receivers coach and Petrino’s brother Paul, who is now the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. VanGorder was in his first year with the Falcons. VanGorder will join the Gamecocks coaching staff in January after the conclusion of the Falcons regular season.

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Petrino hires bulk of coaching staff

January 16th, 2007 Comments off

The Falcons announced today the bulk of the coaching staff of new head coach Bobby Petrino. The Falcons still may make some more additions to their coaching staff, as currently they do not have a special teams coach. They have hired an assistant in that area. But the team has yet to designate someone to take the place of Joe DeCamillis, who served as special teams coordinator for the Falcons since 1997.

property of the Arizona Cardinals The persons hired include Keith Rowen, and Andy Sugarman as offensive assistants, with Brian VanGorder and Jon Gannon as defensive assistants, with Tom McMahon serving as assistant special teams coach, and Evan Marcus coordinating the strength department.

Rowen, 54, joins the Falcons coaching staff as tight ends coach. This will be his second stint in Atlanta, after coaching the Falcons offensive line from 1990-93. most recently worked as offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. He served one and a half years before being demoted from the position after a Week 6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday Night. He worked with Tony Gonzalez in Kansas City from 1999-2004, and helped coach offensives lines in Oakland (1997-98), Minnesota (1994-96), and Indianapolis (1985-88). Rowen comes to the Falcons with 23 years of coaching experience in the NFL, 1 year in the USFL, and 8 years at the collegiate level.

Sugarman, 35, has been a close associate with former 49ers and Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, serving as an offensive assistant under him at California, San Francisco, and Detroit. His most recent position was as tight ends coach for the Lions in 2004 and 2005. He will serve as offensive quality control coach with the Falcons.

VanGorder, 47, comes to the team after one season as head coach at Georgia Southern. He also was a head coach at Wayne State from 1992-94. Van Gorder’s only NFL experience came in 2005, as the Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach. He served as a defensive coordinator for four different programs between 1997 and 2004, most prominently at the University of Georgia (2001-04).

Gannon, 23, was once a promising safety at Louisville, but his playing career was cut short by a severe hip injury in 2002. Last season, he joined the Louisville coaching staff under Petrino as a defensive graduate assistant. He will serve as defensive quality control coach for the Falcons.

McMahon, 37, was another assistant transported from Petrino’s Louisville staff. He will work as the assistant special teams coach for the Falcons, after dealing with the Cardinals special teams this past year. He also worked with their linebackers in 2006, after five seasons working with the defensive line.

Marcus, 39, will coordinate the Falcons strength and conditioning program, taking over for Sal Alosi after his sole season on the staff. THe past four seasons, Marcus coordinated the University of Virginia’s strength program. But he worked as an assistant strength coach for teh Saints for three seasons (2000-02), his only NFL experience. He has been a long time assistant strength coach on the collegiate level, having worked in a number of programs since 1991, including Louisville, Texas, Maryland, and Arizona State.

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