Atlanta Falcons: Getting to know the coaching staff for 2015
Keith Armstrong, Special Teams Coordinator
Oct 23, 2014; Hertfordshire, UNITED KINGDOM; Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong at practice at the Arsenal Training Centre in advance of the International Series game against the Detroit Lions. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Keith Armstrong has been the Falcons’ special teams coach since 2008 and a ST coach in the NFL since 1997. Since then, he has built a reputation as one of the leagues best special teams in the NFL. The Falcons have allowed one of the leagues lowest yards per return over his tenure with the team and has turned mediocre NFL players into fantastic special teams players.
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Armstrong leads a group of players highlighted by Antone Smith, Eric Weems and Nate Stupar who all excelled in 2014 from a ‘gunner’ role. He also helped Ra’Shede Hagamen to three blocked kicks as a rookie in 2014. Armstrong is very well-known for his work ethic as a coach and the rough regime he puts on his players to excel at what they do.
You know what you’re getting out of Armstrong. He is a fiery character and will not accept anything that isn’t excellence. Armstrong has built a tremendous reputation as a coach and a person and may be on the Falcons’ best position coaches of all time.