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Falcons name Musgrave assistant head coach

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- The Atlanta Falcons today named Bill Musgrave the team's Assistant Head Coach. Along with his advance in title, Musgrave will continue his duties as the Falcons quarterback's coach.

Musgrave holds 18 years of experience as an NFL player and coach and has been with the Falcons as the team's quarterbacks coach since 2006. He has been essential in the development of quarterback Matt Ryan who was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 by the Associated Press and Sporting News.

"Bill has been an integral part of this coaching staff and this is a well deserved promotion," said Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith. "We will look to utilize his tremendous amount of coaching experience for years to come."

Before coming to Atlanta, Musgrave was the quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins in 2005. He has also served as an offensive coordinator on four occasions with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-04), Virginia Cavaliers (2001-02), Carolina Panthers (2000) and Philadelphia Eagles (1998). Musgrave started his NFL coaching career as a quarterbacks coach with the Oakland Raiders in 1997.

Musgrave's six-year professional playing career as a quarterback began as a fourth round draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys in 1991. He played for San Francisco from 1991-94 and was part of the 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX winning team. Musgrave then competed with the Denver Broncos from 1995-96.

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