STILLWATER — Sitting alone in his Atlanta home, David Paulsen looked down at his buzzing phone where a news alert had just come through, telling him that his hometown NFL team, the Falcons, had just hired a new offensive coordinator.
Paulsen let out a brief but joyous scream.
You see, there’s only one other football team that conjures as much emotion in Paulsen as the Falcons, and that’s the Oklahoma State Cowboys, for whom he played until 2012.
Yet it was his first season of 2009 when he shared the field with quarterback Zac Robinson — the man whose name had just lit up Paulsen’s phone screen as the Falcons’ new offensive coordinator.
“I was really excited when I saw the notification pop up on there,” Paulsen told The Oklahoman earlier this week, just days after Robinson was hired by new head coach Raheem Morris in Atlanta. “I’ve got my Oklahoma State fandom, and then there’s Atlanta, and there’s usually not a lot of crossover. When Oklahoma State finds its way to Atlanta, it’s a big deal for me.”
Robinson quarterbacked the Cowboys from 2006-09 and was drafted by the New England Patriots, spending time with four NFL teams as a backup or practice squad player over his four-year career.
He was hired as an analyst for Pro Football Focus, while also working as a personal quarterback coach until 2019, when Los Angeles Rams head man Sean McVay hired Robinson as an assistant quarterbacks coach.
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Zac Robinson was OSU’s quarterback from 2006-09, and many former teammates are excited to see what he does as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator.
In 2021, McVay promoted Robinson to pass game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, where he stayed until Morris — the Rams defensive coordinator the past two seasons — was hired…
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Author : The Oklahoman
Publish date : 2024-02-04 12:02:54
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