Former Browns wide receivers coach, offensive coordinator and interim coach Terry Robiskie had opportunities elsewhere when the Atlanta Falcons fired coach Mike Smith, but elected to remain in Atlanta with new coach Dan Quinn.
Robiskie was one of five the Falcons retained, along with ex-Browns assistant Bryan Cox, who coaches defensive linemen. Robiskie has been an NFL assistant since 1982.
"Terry has been a perfect coach in the league for a long time," Quinn said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "When I knew we had an opportunity to possibly connect and work together, he was one of the very first guys that I wanted to reach out to. I have a high regard for what he does and how he does it. He’s a huge part of what we are doing moving forward."
Robiskie has a talented roster with which to work. His top four receivers are Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and Devin Hester.To read more or comment...
New San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde will be more integrated into the offense next season.
Picked in the second round last year (57th overall), Hyde rushed for 333 yards (4.0 average) and four touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 68 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for a 24.4 average.
"Carlos Hyde's a heck of a football player. You've seen it in college, and you've seen it translate to the pro field," Tomsula said. "You've seen the guy run, his vision, he can plant, he can redirect. I like his speed, I like his burst. I'm really excited about Carlos Hyde."To read more or comment...
The Atlanta Falcons became the landing spot for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan last month after he resigned from the Browns. As a result, new Falcons coach Dan Quinn considers himself lucky.
Shanahan, who reportedly clashed with Browns General Manager Ray Farmer over Text-gate, fled Cleveland after just one season and with two years remaining on his contract.
"When we found out that he was available, we reached out to him," Quinn said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "He does a great job of attacking. He’s got great balance. He can run it and pass it."
The former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Quinn said when he interviewed for coaching jobs after the 2013 season, he also had Shanahan in mind as a possible hire.To read more or comment...
Canton McKinley High School product Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was among those who interviewed for the Atlanta Falcons' coaching vacancy, but the job went to Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
The Denver Broncos' head coach in 2009-10, McDaniels was reportedly the favorite of Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and his assistant Scott Pioli.
"I have a great deal of respect for him, not only him as person and a football coach, also his intelligence level and his creativity," Dimitroff, the son of a former Browns scout who was born in Barberton, said of McDaniels Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I have no doubt in my mind that Josh McDaniels will be a head coach in this league again. I think that he can be a very successful head coach. Our decision to hire Dan is something that we felt was best for this organization. We are incredibly excited about Dan. With Josh, I wish him all of the luck. ... I think he’s going to do great things in the league."To read more or comment...
Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt hired former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau early this month to be the assistant head coach/defense. Ray Horton, the defensive coordinator of the Browns in 2013, will remain the Titans' defensive coordinator, but will answer to the 77-year-old LeBeau. Whisenhunt, LeBeau and Horton all worked for the Steelers together.
"Having worked with Dick before, the most important part was him feeling comfortable with us. He had a lot of opportunities and we feel very fortunate to be able to get him," Whisenhunt said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Ray [Horton] was one of his protégés for lack of a better term.
"Part of the reason we were able to get coach LeBeau is that he’s comfortable with the guys on our staff. That chemistry is important. We feel like having a coach like him makes us better."To read more or comment...
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman thanked the media Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine for the bad press about Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's poor pro day performance in 2014. Bridgewater slipped to No. 32 and the Vikings traded for the Seattle Seahawks' pick to land him.
Bridgewater was thought to be a target of the Browns after an analytics study commissioned by former CEO Joe Banner said they should pick Bridgewater. But the Browns drafted Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel 22nd overall instead.
Manziel produced three points in six quarters as a starter and is now in rehab. In his 12 full possessions as a starter before he was hurt, the offense went three-and-out nine times. Bridgewater went 6-6 as a starter and threw for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and an 85.2 rating.
"I’m thankful the media did him a disservice, in my opinion, last year by judging him in on his pro day," Spielman said. "We spent six different occasions with Teddy last year."To read more or comment...