Falcons promote wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie to assistant HC
Robiskie has been with the Falcons ever since Mike Smith took over as the teams’ head coach in 2008. He has been credited by Smith for helping veteran Roddy White maintain a high level of production and quickly developing Julio Jones, who was taken in the first-round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Falcons. The two receivers combined for 2,549 yards receiving with 171 catches and 17 touchdowns in the 2012 season.
“Terry has played an important role in our success over the last five years,” Smith said in a statement released by the team. “His experience is invaluable to our coaching staff and to our team. We are fortunate to have him on our coaching staff.”
Robiskie’s efforts are also vastly recognized for contributing to the Falcons’ past five winning seasons. His receivers have also made five straight trips to the Pro Bowl, including Roddy White, who earned the honors following a stellar 2012 season.
Additionally, former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey also often credited Robiskie’s feedback for some of his successful play calls. Mularkey had an eye on Robiskie after he was hired as the Jaguars’ head coach in 2012. But the Falcons blocked the lateral move, even though former Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski ended up as an offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. The move will help the Falcons keep away other teams from luring Robiskie to sign with them as an offensive coordinator.
As a former LSU running back, Robiskie was named the SEC’s MVP after a 100-yard rushing season back in the 1970s. Robiskie went out to play for legendary coaches John Madden and Don Shula over a combined five seasons, during his stops at Oakland and Miami in the NFL.
Robiskie began his coaching career in 1982 as member of the Oakland Raiders coaching staff. Since then, he has spent 31 years split between five different teams, as an NFL assistant. He served as an offensive coordinator with the Raiders and Brown, as well as an interim coach for the Washington Redskins and Browns between 2000 and 2004. The 58-year-old Robiskie lost two of three games with Redskins while temporarily replacing Norv Turner in 2000, and he went 1-4 as interim, replacement for former Browns head coach Butch Davis in 2004.