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Brian Cox new DL coach
Who's got the scoop on this guy?
Was a MLB in the league, an assistant D-line coach in Miami in 2011 with Nolan on a defense that produced 41 sacks, then went to Tampa Bay in 2012 and was a pass-rush specialist coach and their defense put up 27 sacks. Last year they improved to 35 sacks.
I've read a lot of good things about him. He's just been the last two years with tampa bay, they had a decent front 7. I'd like to see Chuck Smith brought in as an assistant to go with him.
The Falcons announced Saturday that they have hired Bryan Cox as the team's new defensive line coach. Cox comes to the Falcons after coaching stints in Tampa Bay, Miami, Cleveland and with the New York Jets.
The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have hired Bryan Cox as defensive line coach.
Cox joins the Falcons after two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he coached the defensive front seven and served as the pass rush specialist. Cox helped several players post career bests, including DT Gerald McCoy who totaled 14 sacks, 36 quarterback hits, and 24 tackles for loss over the last two seasons while earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2012.
PHOTOS: See Images of Bryan Cox's Playing and Coaching Career
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Cox spent six seasons working his way up the coaching ranks with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Miami Dolphins. In 2011, he helped the Dolphins finish in the top 10 in sacks with 41 while serving as the club’s pass rush specialist. He joined the Dolphins after spending the 2009-10 seasons with the Cleveland Browns as defensive line coach where he tutored linemen that accounted for 11.5 sacks in his first season in 2009.
Cox began his coaching career with the New York Jets, spending three seasons as assistant defensive line coach (2006-08). In 2008, he helped the Jets defense rank seventh in the NFL in both sacks (41.0) and rushing defense (94.9 yards per game). Before becoming a coach, Cox played 12 years in the NFL as a linebacker. He was selected by the Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1991 NFL Draft (113th overall) and spent his first five seasons in Miami. Cox went on to play for the Chicago Bears (1996-97), New York Jets (1998-2000), and the New England Patriots where he won a Super Bowl after the 2001 season. Cox finished his career in 2002 with the New Orleans Saints after earning three Pro Bowl selections, playing in 165 career games and posting 51.5 career sacks.
35 sacks is better than our 29th ranked 32 sacks. 41 sacks would have been top 12.
Freaking Carolina had 60 sacks this season. Although 9 came in their last game vs us. LOL
Smith would be a nice assistant but don't it happens
Fortune favors the bold
Holy fuck our defensive stats are so unbelievably shitty.
Passes defended: 56 - rank 31st - 1st had 102 Cincy (holy shit!)
Interceptions: 10 - rank 29th - 1st had 28 Seattle
Sacks: 32 - rank 29th - 1st had 60 Carolina
Forced Fumbles: 13 - rank 18th - 1st had 24 Rams
Tackles: 1050 - rank 17th - 1st had 1203 Buffalo (although this doesn't mean much, more tackles just means opponents ran more offensive plays)
Yards given up: 6070 - rank 27th - 1st only gave up 4378 Seattle
Points given up: 443 - rank 27th - 1st only gave up 231 Seattle (holy shit!)
Man, how is this even possible?
Um.. its us ...it better be fixed next season
Fortune favors the bold
pretty sure Church Smith fucked Smitty's wife or dropped a load in TDs hair. Dude is getting no love from the Branch.
Chuck Smith hasnt accomplished much.
Mangini feels Cox will keep Falcons in line
January, 17, 2014
By Vaughn McClure | ESPN.com
As a player, new Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox was once fined $87,500 -- the equivalent of one game check -- for making repeated obscene gestures and shouting obscenities at an official.
He was fined $7,500 for spitting in the direction of a Buffalo Bills fans. Cox also was fined $7,500 for fighting and $5,000 for publicly criticizing an official.
The bad-boy reputation Cox developed while playing with the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears followed him to New York, where he played for the Jets from 1998 to 2000.
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AP Photo/Scott BoehmBryan Cox brings a versatile defensive background to Atlanta's coaching staff.
Eric Mangini, the Jets head coach from 2006-08, was a defensive assistant under Bill Parcells for two of Cox’s three seasons in New York. Mangini refused to pass judgment on Cox, the player, before interacting with him.
"He came in with a bad rap, and that was nowhere near the guy who he was," said Mangini, a former ESPN analyst and now a consultant for the San Francisco 49ers. "He was passionate and competitive and cared about his teammates. All that other stuff that you kind of heard about him coming in, none of that was anything I ever saw."
The ’98 season wasn’t Mangini’s only exposure to Cox, the player. Mangini was the defensive backs coach under Bill Belichick in New England in 2001, the one season Cox played for the eventual-Super Bowl champion Patriots.
"The one thing I remembered about being a young coach, Bryan went out of his way to make sure when I was running drills that everyone listened to me the same way they listened to Bill Belichick," Mangini said. "Getting it right was the most important thing, in his eyes.
"Does Bryan cast a big shadow? Yeah. Can he get his point across in a way that has a little more emphasis? Yeah, he can do that. But I don’t think he’s scary at all."
The qualities he saw in Cox, the player, were the reason Mangini gave Cox his start in coaching. Cox was the Jets' assistant defensive line coach from 2006-2008. When Mangini moved on to coach the Cleveland Browns, he brought Cox with him as the defensive line coach.
"He was the type of guy who was coaching the defensive line, but constantly asking about what the secondary was doing and how everything fit together," Mangini said of Cox. "He’s not a guy who sees it one way. He more of a big-picture guy, and that’s what I loved about him."
Mangini also admired Cox’s commitment.
"I started this camp when I was a defensive backs coach for under-resourced kids, and I asked him if he would take part in it, and Bryan did," Mangini recalled. "He did it the first year and said, 'I’ll be back here every single year.' He’s been out there 11 years straight, no matter where’s he’s been.
"And when he comes out there, he does so well with those high school kids. And I always have him speak to the group, because when he talks, he talks from a position of experience and he talks in a way kids can relate to. It’s real."
Cox will get an opportunity to share his expertise with draft prospects at next week’s Senior Bowl as the Falcons' staff will coach the North Squad. It will be head coach Mike Smith’s first opportunity to see Cox in action.
Mangini has no doubt Cox will have an immediate impact on the Falcons’ defensive line.
"Whether it’s a first-round draft pick who needs to have a more grounded approach or whether it’s a young guy who needs a lot of mentoring and patience with technique, Bryan can do that as well," Mangini said. "And even with veteran guy such as Osi Umenyiora, Bryan would be great with a guy like that because he knows what it’s like to be the older guy. So I think he can relate to that in a way that some other guys can’t.
"And one of his values is he teaches the defensive line, but has a linebacker background. And with zone-blitzing and some of the different things that Atlanta does, you have a defensive line coach who has experience in different systems who can adjust and be a part of a much bigger picture."
Based on Mangini’s assessment, the match between Cox and the Falcons could be picture perfect.
Just gonna say this once...
Vaughn McClure is the best beat writer the Falcons have ever had.
He gets shit on by those idiots on the OMB, but I agree. I follow him on twitter and he's responded to some of my tweets about the falcons.
I'm excited that our guys are coaching the senior bowl. I might watch it now.
Also, the coaches switch teams for one day so we get a look at the south team.
Cox has me excited to see how his influence can change our demeanor on the line.
Formerly SBC Falcon
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