- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The development of Michael Vick has been placed in the hands of Bill Musgrave, the Washington Redskins’ quarterbacks coach who accepted the same position with the Atlanta Falcons yesterday.

Musgrave interviewed for three hours yesterday morning with Falcons coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and accepted the job.

Musgrave was traveling and was not available for comment.

“Although it is unfortunate that [Musgrave] departed, we always want what is best for our coaches and their families, which is why we gave Atlanta permission to interview him,” Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said.

Musgrave spent only one season with the Redskins.

Gibbs said the Redskins’ plan for a replacement has not been finalized. It is unlikely new associate head coach-offense Al Saunders will add the quarterbacks coach title because he already is in charge of overseeing the offense.

Musgrave will replace Mike Johnson, whose contract was not renewed after the Falcons’ disappointing 8-8 season. Vick had 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, and his 73.1 rating ranked 12th in the NFC. Atlanta led the league in rushing but was 27th in passing.

Mora told the Falcons’ Web site that Musgrave’s experience in the West Coast offense makes him an ideal fit to tutor Vick.

“Having played in systems very similar to ours in San Francisco and Denver, he not only has a great feel for the position but also has experience in both our pass and run schemes,” Mora said.

Musgrave joined the Redskins last offseason following two seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator. He was credited with introducing the shotgun formation to the Redskins. Under Musgrave, quarterback Mark Brunell had 23 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and an 85.9 passer rating.

Musgrave will be reunited in Atlanta with backup quarterback Matt Schaub. Musgrave was the University of Virginia’s offensive coordinator when Schaub starred for the Cavaliers.

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