Atlanta's Bill Musgrave a hot name

January, 19, 2011
1/19/11
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For the second straight offseason, Atlanta quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave is a hot commodity.

He’s been given permission to interview with Minnesota and Cleveland for offensive coordinator positions. There also have been reports the St. Louis Rams could be interested.

Last offseason, the Texans, Bears and the University of Virginia showed interest in the man who gets a lot of credit for Matt Ryan’s development. At the time, the Falcons also made Musgrave the assistant head coach as an enticement to keep him.

With that title in place, the Falcons could have declined to give the Vikings and Browns permission to interview Musgrave. But I think the permission tells you a lot about the Falcons. Owner Arthur Blank, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith are fair guys.

They like Musgrave and there’s no doubt they want to keep him. In fact, had offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey gotten the head job in Cleveland he interviewed for, Musgrave probably would have been promoted to his spot instantly.

But Mularkey didn’t get that job and appears to be staying with the Falcons. Musgrave has a chance to advance his career and the Falcons aren’t going to stand in the way.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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