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Bryan Cox: Falcons will make opposing quarterbacks panic


As an NFL linebacker, Bryan Cox hit quite a few quarterbacks. Now that he’s the Falcons’ defensive line coach, Cox says his players are going to hit quarterbacks — and to make them think about getting hit.

Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that getting inside the opposing quarterback’s head is a big part of his defensive philosophy.

“If you can make the quarterback move his feet and get him off the spot, a lot of times that creates errant throws and that creates interceptions, turnovers and panic,” Cox said. “So, I would agree that sacks are not necessarily always the thing you strive for. I think the biggest thing is that you want to affect the quarterback. You want to make him know and understand and feel that you’re are around at all times.”

Cox, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant in Tampa Bay, is heading to an Atlanta team that was tied for 29th in the league in sacks last year. The Falcons didn’t make many quarterbacks panic last season. Cox’s job is to change that.

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23 Responses to “Bryan Cox: Falcons will make opposing quarterbacks panic”
  1. garyhd01 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:05 AM

    wondering if the team told him their first pick in the draft is going to be a pass rusher!!

  2. agelardi says: Jan 24, 2014 9:12 AM

    Man was a beast, miss watching him play.

  3. stealthjunk says: Jan 24, 2014 9:15 AM

    “If you can make the quarterback move his feet and get him off the spot, a lot of times that creates errant throws and that creates interceptions, turnovers and panic,” Cox said.

    This just in: water is wet.

  4. tvguy22 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:17 AM

    He should wear that giant neck pad on the sideline, like he wore when he played.

  5. dirtyharry1971 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:39 AM

    guy was one of the biggest jerks as a player and extremely overrated as well. don’t expect very much from him as a coach either, surprised he isn’t in jail somewhere by now

  6. steelerben says: Jan 24, 2014 9:40 AM

    Upon hearing this Roger Goodell fined Brian Cox $50,000.

  7. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 24, 2014 9:44 AM

    And don’t you dare help the QB up afterward.

  8. waldoampere says: Jan 24, 2014 9:51 AM

    Hard to believe that Bryan Cox, the renegade and often times jerkish LB, has morphed into an NFL coach. He was one of the players that seemed least likely to do this long term. Good for him and the fact that he finally matured.

  9. joeflaccoallday says: Jan 24, 2014 10:21 AM

    Who even plays on the Falcons D-Line?

  10. cheapglazers says: Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM

    I cannot believe the Bucs fired him! They are in way over their head it seems. Daddy just let them run teh team. LOL!

  11. oldlthrneck says: Jan 24, 2014 10:32 AM

    I always enjoyed watching Bryan Cox play. He played with fire and intensity. Hopefully he can instill that in his players.

  12. slick50ks says: Jan 24, 2014 10:46 AM

    One of the worst defenses out there.

    Not sure if there’s a more one sided team in the league

    I know one thing for sure, Bryan Cox isn’t gonna do much to change that. They need better players, period.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    Even at the end of his career the year he played for the Pats he was great.

    He was a smart, intense player. The Pats could have used a vet like that this year.

  14. buccaboo says: Jan 24, 2014 10:49 AM

    The Bucs D-line couldn’t panic any QB the last 2 years. Good luck with that Falcons

  15. granadafan says: Jan 24, 2014 11:07 AM

    Newsflash to Cox. You can’t hit the QB anymore. As soon as those hefty fines start rolling in, his players are going to start ignoring him ASAP.

  16. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 24, 2014 11:20 AM

    He played for the Saints towards the end of his career. Barely left the bench. Was supposed to bring some leadership, but was not liked or respected. He openly advocated for the Saints to move to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina on his radio show. I am surprised he has a job in the NFL, but I am glad it’s with Falcons, so I can hate him all over again.

  17. spamrok says: Jan 24, 2014 11:30 AM

    What are they going to do? Threaten to trade for each opponents qb before each game?

  18. markdartj says: Jan 24, 2014 11:46 AM

    It’s not rocket science. It’s what I was taught in High School Football thirty plus years ago. If he was’t doing this, he wouldn’t be doing his job. No big story here.

  19. snookau says: Jan 24, 2014 11:50 AM

    Sorry Falcons fans. Cox couldn’t do much with the talent in Tampa in regards to rushing the passer. Don’t expect much with that lack of talent you have in Atlanta. And I don’t see a Gerald McCoy on your roster.

  20. deathonwings410 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:50 AM

    In other words, they’re drafting Clowney if he’s there.

  21. snookau says: Jan 24, 2014 11:52 AM

    Falcons are thin on defense due to trading the farm away for Julio Jones. Now they’ll probably trade away the farm again to get a part timer in Clowney.

    Can anyone count the busts in Atlanta on defense lately? Peria Jerry, Jamaal Anderson….

  22. All-American Voltron says: Jan 24, 2014 12:05 PM

    What a good idea. Maybe he could even offer some cash incentive to the players to lay in those hard hits!

  23. backdapack4evr says: Jan 24, 2014 3:27 PM

    Sounds just Liz Rex Ryan!!
    Poor fella…

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