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Falcons special teams coach to talk to Bears, Chiefs

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It might be hard for the Falcons to get much work done this week, as their coaching staff is in demand.

According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for vacancies with the Chiefs and Bears.

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has also lined up interviews with the Chiefs, Eagles and Browns.

Armstrong, 47, has been with the Falcons since 2008, after working for the Dolphins the previous seven years.

While special teams coaches aren’t considered as often as the other coordinators, they work with the entire roster other than quarterbacks, and have to be able to adjust on the fly to constantly changing personnel.

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14 Responses to “Falcons special teams coach to talk to Bears, Chiefs”
  1. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 3:23 PM

    In the most sensitive way possible, here is your Rooney rule compliance interview.

  2. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Dec 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    Umm… let me the first to say this… Rooney Rule.

  3. howiehandles says: Dec 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    Smells of Rooney rule requirements.

  4. adambballn says: Dec 31, 2012 3:28 PM

    Smells like the Rooney Rule to me…

  5. mydroopysack says: Dec 31, 2012 4:11 PM

    Not really that big a deal Lovie got fired after 10-6. Coaches have been fired for doing more. Marty Schottenheimer was famously fired after going 14-2 with the Chargers. Steve Mariucci got fired after going 10-6 and 12-4 the year before with the 49ers. Both guys actually made the playoffs in their last seasons.

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 4:15 PM

    Last time I checked he’s interviewing for the Bears and Chiefs…two teams with former minority Head Coaches. Why would they make a game of complying with the Rooney Rule if they clearly don’t have a problem hiring a minority coach?

  7. Land Snark says: Dec 31, 2012 4:53 PM

    @blackandbluedivision

    It’s real simple. The Rooney Rule does not give a pass for teams that have fired minority coaches.

    The rule requires every team to interview at least one prospective coach. It’s not like they re-interviewed Smith or Crennell for the job.

  8. seanc909 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM

    This isn’t a Rooney Rule interview. Armstrong has history with both the Bears and Emery. He overlapped Emery’s time in Chicago before and he was with him in Atlanta for a year. Armstrong coached Chicago’s special teams when Emery was a scout from 97-00 and they were together in 08 too.

  9. JMil_ATL says: Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM

    Maybe he is a good candidate! Color of skin shouldn’t matter. Wasn’t Jon Harbaugh coaching special teams?

  10. berto55 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:47 PM

    If the Bears hire him as head coach, I’m done!

  11. blackandbluedivision says: Dec 31, 2012 8:09 PM

    JMil_ATL says:
    Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM
    Maybe he is a good candidate! Color of skin shouldn’t matter. Wasn’t Jon Harbaugh coaching special teams?
    ________________________________

    Thank you! Is it because he’s black it’s all of a sudden: “Smells like the Rooney Rule to me…”?

  12. bayoor75 says: Dec 31, 2012 8:37 PM

    Rooney Rule. It’s unfortunate that the process is being abused. Did the Falcon’s special team stand out this season? No. Has the unit stood out since 2008 when he took the job? No. How come he is “so much” in demand?
    John Harbaugh was never a “pure”special teams coach. He coached both special team and defensive backs and, at least, one of his units (DBs) stood out for 2 years before he got the head coaching gig.

  13. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 1, 2013 3:59 PM

    bayoor75 says:
    Dec 31, 2012 8:37 PM
    Rooney Rule. It’s unfortunate that the process is being abused. Did the Falcon’s special team stand out this season? No. Has the unit stood out since 2008 when he took the job? No. How come he is “so much” in demand?
    John Harbaugh was never a “pure”special teams coach. He coached both special team and defensive backs and, at least, one of his units (DBs) stood out for 2 years before he got the head coaching gig.
    ______________________________

    So how about the fact that Armstrong was a defensive specialist for three colleges and the Atlanta Falcons before he became a special teams coach?

    You give Harbaugh the benefit of the doubt, but not Armstrong?

    and who said he was “so much in demand” this is the only interview he’s had.

  14. tsmarriner says: Jan 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    All 3 of the Falcons’ coordinators could be gone next year. Every single one. Oh, and their Director of Player Personnel, too.

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