Coffman’s NFL career has been a roller coaster ride since 2009, from being drafted and released by the Cincinnati Bengals to enduring the same release fate after being signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All the twists, turns and bumps have only made him that much more determined to move ahead. He’s found a home with the Falcons and hopes to get a real chance to make a name for himself while following in the footsteps of his father, retired tight end Paul Coffman. Though first signs of the offseason pointed to Coffman moving into the tight end top spot and getting that chance, that changed quickly when Tony Gonzalez elected to give the Falcons one more year.
Hot on Coffman’s heels to get the number two position is rookie Levine Toilolo, and the competition will be fierce. Coffman maintained his hard work during the offseason, and it showed during the minicamp. Falcons head coach Mike Smith said of Coffman, “Chase has had a really good offseason. He’s had a lot of opportunities to get some snaps in. He’s made the most of it.” Granted, Toilolo has the size advantage; however, expect Coffman’s experience and determination to win the day…and the training camp.
All things considered, 2013 will be the year of—and for—Gonzalez. And, all things considered, Coffman will be the man to get the job done if there comes a time when Gonzalez isn’t available in this, the ‘Super Bowl or Bust’ season.