Posted: 5:40 pm Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Where do you stand on the Bryan Cox hire? 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Miami Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox, left, does drills with linebacker Quinton Spears during NFL football practice at training camp in Davie, Fla. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

Miami Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox, left, does drills with linebacker Quinton Spears during NFL football practice at training camp in Davie, Fla. Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
Lynne Sladky, Associated Press

Bryan Cox is one tough dude.

He’s from East St. Louis, the toughest town in America.

He played for the East St. Louis High Flyers and legendary prep coach Bob Shannon.

He once took on the entire Bengals sidelines and gave Buffalo fans the middle finger salute.

Falcons fans have to hope that he’s matured and has learned how to teach and instill that intensity and toughness into his pupils.

Arthur Blank wants the team to play tougher and closer to the edge of the line of indecency and outrageousness (My interpretation).

If the Falcons make a move up and draft South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Cox would be the most important position coach on the staff.

This will be his second stint as the defensive line coach. He coached the Browns defensive line in 2009 and 2010.

He was the assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets in 2006-08. He was something called the pass rush coach for Mike Nolan and the Dolphins in 2011 and was Tampa Bay’s defensive front seven  coach in 2012-13.

He was one of the most feared linebackers in during the 1990s in the NFL. After his days in Miami, he was a free agent and I had the pleasure of meeting him at Chicago Stadium during a Chicago Bulls’ NBA game. The Packers had lost to the Cowboys in the NFC Championship game and were trying dethrone the Cowboys and 49ers as the powers in the NFC.

Cox made the wrong choice and went with the Bears. The Packers went on to win the Super Bowl the next season.

Not really sure how much credit to give Cox for the development of Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David, but he was their coach. New Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith must not have been impressed or he would have kept him.

While with the Browns he coached linemen that accounted for 11.5 of 40 sacks in 2009. The following season, the defensive line had just 3.5 of the Browns 29 sacks. The Browns were 8th in sacks in 2009 and 25th in 2010.

The lines coached by Cox were not stout against the run. In 2009, the Browns gave up 144.6 yards per game, 28th in the league. In 2010, the Browns gave up 129.4 yards per game, which ranked 27th in the league.

So, what do you think about the hire of Cox?

148 comments
Preston2
Preston2

But does he pass the commanders goody test? Funny, right? Does it really matter at this time.

tf08
tf08

I'm originally from South Florida and had Dolphins season tickets the rookie year of Brian Cox. During one game, the Dolphins kicker was roughed up on one play. No flag was thrown but all in attendance (including Brian!) saw the play and weren't happy. While the entire Dolphin kicking team headed to the sideline, Brian headed to the other teams sideline by himself to let them know he wasn't happy! He stood there taking on the whole team by himself letting them know just how he felt! The nasty reputation was born! Bring it on Brian, this vanilla defense has got to go!

BigIrishMike
BigIrishMike

"Arthur Blank wants the team to play tougher and closer to the edge of the line of indecency and outrageousness (My interpretation). -

Hmm then why did he let go the NASTY O-Linemen? Those guys were in the head of the opposing D-linemen a week in advance.

Blank you and Thomas better get on the same page. Why are the playoff teams still playing? Good O-line and D-lines for one and second their QBs are more mobile than Ryan yes even Manning !

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

I like the hire...he's a fiery guy.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Finally, there is no point to getting rid of Ryan, even if you don't like him.  Even Ryan haters would have to agree he is AT LEAST an overpaid above-average QB.   And we can't afford the cap hit of going in a different direction.  It's almost like saying we should trade Arthur Blank.  From a financial perspective, it's not going to happen.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Ryan is certainly not mobile--he is about as mobile as Tom Brady.  But Brady has been more elusive than Ryan over the past year.  Why?

Maybe Ryan makes bad decisions by holding the ball and keeping eyes downfield to long.  But maybe Brady has that extra two tenths of a second it takes to get that first step away from a 325 pound defensive tackle.  

In terms of just making pure, accurate throws, Ryan is up there with the elite NFL QBs.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Stendec:

Sorry about your post.  But I like civil discourse.

You would call me a Ryan apologist.

Is he a "top 5 elite" QB?  I don't know.

"Second 5 very good" QB?  I'm pretty sure he is.

This year, he clearly made some throws--intentionally--that he would not have made last year.  He took on a lot more risk with some throws because the team had no other choice.  Obviously, like even an elite QB, he had some outright mistakes.  But he forced some throws he would not normally force.

stendec
stendec

KNOCK KNOCK ORLANDO!


First off I wish you a good morn.


Not tell me why my post was removed.


Not even a little note in box just yanked entirely.


Was civil but made valid points to that Matt Ryan apologist.


Have high regards for you as AJC columnist but does sting.


Have always felt you were above that bunch that run the Bird Cage.


Please let me know why my post entered Twilight Zone so completely.


Thank you. 

Old_Man
Old_Man

Oh, I forgot, changing schemes might disrupt a successful defensive squad.

Wait a second . . . .  Never mind.

Old_Man
Old_Man

Cox seems to be a motivational guy.  Which means you think your roster needs more motivation, not more talent.  I'm a little worried this signifies that there is not a commitment to new/different/better talent.

On the other hand, he's not the LB coach, he's not the O-Line coach.

We're stronger at LB than DL, and there seem to be a lot of LBs in the draft, so why not go to a 3-4?

Old_Man
Old_Man

Mack, Barr, Beasely, Van Noy are all good looking LBs.

Old_Man
Old_Man

A lot of the difference makers on defense in the draft seem to be LBs.

williar
williar

HotDawg, Chuck Smith's mouth gets in the way of his coaching talents. He rubs many people the wrong way.

zuzu331
zuzu331

Get an Offensive Line,a real blocking Fullback who can stay healthy and run the damn ball more and the Falcons will be fine. Hey, 'Oakleys' Dimitroff,heres a quote from NFL.COM:"So why was it that the pass-heavy NFL trended toward the power running game the past two days?" Now scratch your chin and go,'hmmmmm'.

It will be funny when Cox gets into the same stupid,embarrassing fights and says the same stupid embarassing things as he did when he played (one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL? Feared by Whom? All You Can Eat Buffet Managers?

News Flash! Overrated ridiculous Clowney is overrated and ridiculous.



HotDawg
HotDawg

Did chuck smith do something to tick off the organization? He might be able to help with the D Line

HotDawg
HotDawg

He was an illiterate idiot when he played for miami. A loose cannon, that somehow shula reigned in.

Did he gain teaching skills along the way?

Maybe he'll fit in fine.

I doubt the falcons position coaching has been lacking. Problem more so is the lack of player talent.

Old_Man
Old_Man

If we trade down, there is a chance we can pick up Kouandigo or Robinson at OT, and Vic Beasley or Kyle Van Noy (OLB) both in the first round, and then snag either Stephon Tuitt (DE) or Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG) at #37 in the 2nd round.

These are just examples, but we could get three guys with big upside if we are smart.

Stay away from Clowney.


Columbus68
Columbus68

WHO WANTS TO THROW A PARTY FOR GRANTHAM BEING GONE\?!!

Columbus68
Columbus68

BREAKIN NEWS UGA FANS......GRANTHAM IS LEAVING FOR LOUISVILLE AND 1 MILLION A SEASON! 78TH  SCORING DEFENSE IN THE NATION AND UNERACHIEVING ALL STAR D THE YEAR BEFORE GETS YOU PAID THESE DAYS!

RONSNO
RONSNO

@dalton, I don't have an arguement...we just didn't get it done.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

SF > Sea.

Should be great, I like Kaepernick over Wilson.

Hell the falcons play'd these NFC West powerhouses better in the playoffs than NO or Car.

At least we split. :)

CraigSelf
CraigSelf

Really, Bryan Cox. That's the best this supposedly smart coach's, GM, and Owner could come up with. Why the hurry. Could have waited till the playoffs were over. Who's doing the interviews. What kind of questions are they asking. I just don't get this Atlanta Falcons regime. I thought we had gotten past the Smith's. Guess Not.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

My Draft wish list:

1. Anthony Barr OLB

2. Jeromiah Attaochu OLB

3. Daniel McCullers NG/DT

4. Max Bullough ILB

No good safeties

Please Please Football Gods

Dman
Dman

Don't really know much about Cox. Time will tell. I have confidence in the Falcons organization to hire the best available to make us successful.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Flaocns need a pane in the butt type of guy 2 get those loosers wipped in 2 shape maybe he can go after tomy Dummytroff next

Saintsr4losers
Saintsr4losers

I went to his house once. Im even afraid of this guys wife. He instills fear like a pitbull at a poodle party.


Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Looks like Cox is got an edge to him. Hope he cultivates a nasty D line.  Looks like Mr.Blank is looking for coaches who bring a nasty rep.  I'll be interested to see how Cox and Tice changes the lines mindset. Bring a boot on the neck quality.  We'll see.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Where are all the AINT Trolls? 

JSSN
JSSN

@Old_Man 


Nope, he's not, he only affordable the first two years. Romo's deal is horrid, but actually he was worth every cent. And I hate Romo, but come on, always just below, around, above .500 QB for team that is not that good.

stendec
stendec

@Columbus68 Below average coach in Athens rakes in $4 million! What is your point?

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

@RONSNO Props to ya....Don't listen to everything you hear about Falcons fans. Plenty of us went and gave props when we lost. I've said it plenty of times. Brees and Payton are one of the best tandems in the league. Your future is pretty bright as long as they are together.  

JSSN
JSSN

@RONSNO 

Outstanding, they can't say anything because it opposite of what the most of them did after the NFC championship game last year.

stendec
stendec

@BigCrimson75 Hope San Fran shuts arrogant bestards out! Hate their cheating coach...

stendec
stendec

@DASDGUY I have been a Falcon fan since season one! How many damn Super Bowl rings do beakless Birdies have? Jerk!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DASDGUY 

Reinforcing what we already knew--that they have no guts, integrity, or class. 

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@dasdguy

Under the bridge leading to the toilet dome......

However I will give them some props! That d they played yesterday was impressive!

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

@AnsweredTHIS I think you're being generous. They got shut out for 3 quarters. In the end, too little too late. Less than impressive.