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Atlanta Falcons Hire Mike Tice to Be New Offensive Line Coach

January 8th, 2014 at 5:05 PM
By Graham Waldrop

It didn't take long. After firing offensive line coaches Pat Hill and Paul Dunn last week, the Falcons have now hired former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice as their new offensive line coach. 

Tice has a wealth of NFL coaching experience and has worked with the Bears, Vikings and Jaguars during his career. Tice has done well in his career as an offensive line coach for the most part and is known for bringing a physical attitude towards the line of scrimmage, something this Falcons unit needs desperately.

The Falcons allowed 44 sacks this year (including nine in their final game) behind a revolving door of offensive lineman. Tice has been brought in to ensure stability and might have a very different cast of characters to work with this year than the Falcons had to work with this year. Arthur Blank confirmed that the Falcons will be addressing both lines of scrimmage this year in the draft, and if Jake Matthews, (an offensive tackle out of Texas A&M, widely regarded as the best O-lineman in the draft) is available, don't be surprised to see the Falcons select him with the sixth overall pick in the draft. 

The addition of Tice will hopefully bring that physicality the Falcons were sorely missing running and passing the football this year. We'll provide our thoughts and analysis shortly. 

Tags: Arthur Blank, Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Football, Mike Tice, NFL, Pat Hill, Paul Dunn

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