The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have promoted Terry Robiskie to Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach.
Robiskie's experience in the NFL spans over three decades, and he is one of the most respected wide receiver coaches in the NFL. He will continue to tutor the Falcons wide receivers for a sixth season in addition to taking on assistant head coaching duties in 2013.
"Terry has played an important role in our success over the last five years," head coach Mike Smith said. "His experience is invaluable to our coaching staff and to our team. We are fortunate to have him on our coaching staff."
In 2012, Robiskie's duo of WR Roddy White, and second-year receiver, Julio Jones were the best in the NFL according to statistics. White and Jones combined for an NFL-best 2,549 receiving yards on 171 catches with 17 touchdowns. White led the Falcons in receiving yards (1,351) while hauling in 92 receptions, while Jones posted career highs in receptions (79), receiving yards (1,198) and touchdowns (10). Jones earned his first Pro Bowl nod for his performance, marking the fifth straight season the Falcons have had a wide receiver voted into the Pro Bowl under Robiskie.
Last season, White and Jones teamed to make the Falcons one of just four teams in the NFL with two 1,000-yard receivers in 2012. They were the first Falcons teammates to post 1,000 receiving yards in the same season since WR Tony Martin (1,181) and Terance Mathis (1,136) each accomplished the feat in 1998. It also marked the fourth time in team history two players have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in the same season.
Robiskie's extensive resume includes stints as offensive coordinator and interim head coach on two occasions during his time in the League. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Robiskie served as the wide receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins.
Before his stopover in Miami, Robiskie spent six years with the Cleveland Browns where he served in three different roles. In 2004, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and went on to serve as Cleveland's interim head coach for the final five games of that season. He earned a victory in a 22-14 decision in the season finale on January 2, 2005 against the Houston Texans. Robiskie oversaw Browns wide receivers in his final two seasons with the team from 2005-06.
From 1994-2000, Robiskie served as the wide receivers coach (1994-98) and passing game coordinator (1999-2000) for the Washington Redskins. He was also named Washington's interim head coach for the final three games of the 2000 campaign, earning his first NFL victory as a head coach in a 20-3 win in the season finale against Arizona.
Robiskie earned his start in the NFL with the then Los Angeles Raiders in 1982 where he coached with the team for 12 seasons. During that time, he served in a variety of roles with the Silver & Black, including assistant special teams coach (1982- 84), assistant running backs coach (1985-87), tight ends coach (1988) and offensive coordinator (1989-1992). As the offensive coordinator, Robiskie guided the powerful running back duo of Bo Jackson and Marcus Allen, who combined to rush for 1,380 yards in 1990. The team made seven playoff appearances, won four division titles and defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII during Robiskie's tenure.
A native of Edgard, La., Robiskie lettered four years as a running back at LSU. As a senior in 1976, he was named the Southeastern Conference MVP and his likeness is up on the wall of the Superdome as a member of the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.