Posted: 3:31 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

New coaches Tice, Cox to preach toughness 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice and defensive line coach Bryan Cox were hired to oversee the revamping of the team’s two weakest units.

Both are working at the Senior Bowl as the Falcons try to get the North squad ready the game which is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Ladd Peebles Stadium.

We asked them both about how they plan to instill some toughness in the Falcons.

“A lot of it is habits,” Tice said. “How you finish. How you are finishing your blocks. How are finishing down the field? You can create that toughness.

“There are a lot of ways to describe toughness. There’s mental toughness. There is toughness playing through injury. There is toughness with the guys being a jerk.

“I know that my toughness comes from kind of being a jerk, but I think the guys in the room are not going to be that kind of guy. You have to fill that toughness with an attitude. That attitude is done by developing great practice habits.”

Cox played for defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and coached with him. He was considered one of the toughest players in the league during the 1990s.

“There is a thing that I would say, the room will kind of lend itself to a coaches personality,” Cox said. “What you know about me as a player, that’s what I try to bring as a coach.

“I’m not afraid of confrontation. I’m not afraid to tell a guy when he’s not doing it right or that he’s not meeting expectations. He’s going to do it the way we want it done or we are going to find somebody that will. That’s the way we are going to approach it. We are going to work hard every day.

“We’re going to play with some toughness and we’re not going to afraid to play and show up at practice every day. That’s the only thing you can expect from us.”

13 comments
DASDGUY
DASDGUY

Go Get the BIG BEEFY NASTY MF'rs. Let the Coaches do the rest.

Camaro-Bob
Camaro-Bob

Just grate that all the Flacons need is a thug like Cox as a caoch. 

MikeisBack
MikeisBack

Dled, if the rest of the coaching on the staff can match Cox intensity...THEN WE GOT SOMETHING!  if not...then get rid of the ones...that can't...that's what I say.


It want matter...if TD don't step his game up...and bring in some Play Makers!!

RX
RX

More new coaches with new schemes coaching players up (again).

Dimitroff will empty the house finding someone to blame for his bad personnel choices.

96JB
96JB

Like trying to make a cake without flour. Yawn. Post a story when they sign some talent.

knudegard1
knudegard1

Darn, just when I though tI had gotten away from JSNN

doolie1
doolie1

Newsflash...Holmes, Reynolds, Konz and to a lesser extent Baker, all have no talent. Vince Lombardy and Tom Laundry cannot make them into good players!

Falcons63
Falcons63

Interesting to see how much the coaching changes can help Holmes, Johnson and Konz on the online and Goodman and Massaqoui on the Dline.  I'm definitely not sold on the oline guys, but I do think both the young DE's have a shot.   I noticed Dimitroff in his NFL Network interview pointed out developing talent as something the team has to do a better job of.  Love the talk of getting tougher.  We shall see.....

JSSN
JSSN

@doolie1 

The Buddah, Jesus of Nazareth, and the Prophet Muhummad are gone too, hasn't stopped people from claiming they turned someones life or talents around. Don't worry, most folks get your drift. I wonder why people waste their time reading: What It Takes To Be Number 1! or Football's West Coast offense? Damn dead people, still better than Smith everyday!

RangeRover
RangeRover

@doolie1 


"cannot"

That's "could not have made them into good players"--they're dead!

SOB
SOB

Talk is cheap in my book. Actions speak louder than words.