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Tom Moore: Johnny Manziel ‘will be good’

  • 10:59 am Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

GREENSBORO — Longtime NFL assistant coach Tom Moore, 75, knows a few things about developing quarterbacks.

While with the Indianapolis Colts, he helped to develop Peyton Manning. Moore is currently a consultant with the Arizona Cardinals. He coached at Georgia Tech in 1970-71.

He likes how the Falcons have brought along quarterback Matt Ryan after drafting him third overall in the 2008 draft.

“I think he’s an excellent quarterback,” Moore said before playing in Bruce Arians golf outing on Monday. “I think he’s had great success. He’s got in some situations last year with injuries and things like that, but that does not [More]

12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is set to leave for Phoenix today to start the final month of his preparations before Georgia’s Pro Day on April 16.

“He will work with quarterback coach Terry Shea,” said Pat Dye, Jr., Murray’s Atlanta-based agent. “We think the first week he’s there he’s going to be working with RGIII (Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III).”

Here’s the Sunday story on Murray skipping spring break to work on his craft.

Murray tore his ACL against Kentucky on Senior Night and had surgery the following Tuesday.

“He’s been training in Pensacola with the Athletes’ Performance, but they also have the Andrews [More]

Update: Koetter to interview with the Browns

  • 4:03 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is slated to interview for the vacant Cleveland Browns head coaching position, the Falcons confirmed and earlier Fox Sports report.

“I don’t want to talk about someone else’s coaching vacancy,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday.

Koetter interviewed for the Boise State head coaching job earlier this offseason.

After the 2012 season, Koetter was contacted by two teams, but decided to withdraw from consideration while the Falcons were making a Super Bowl push.

Koetter has been a head coach at Boise State and Arizona State in the college ranks. He’s been with the Falcons for [More]