So, what does senior tailback Jon Lee think of Air Force's switch to Mike Thiessen as the lone offensive coordinator?

"I always thought he was the sole coordinator," said Lee, clearly unaware that a change had taken place.

Thiessen, who has been part of a three-headed co-coordinator team for five years, was given the solo job in a paring down of coaching titles this week.

The move was met with all the fanfare you'd expect given that a key offensive player like Lee didn't even know Thiessen hadn't already occupied that role.

Truth is nothing really changes except the title. Thiessen already held play-calling responsibilities and will continue to orchestrate the action in addition to serving as wide receivers coach.

"It's kind of the same role," Thiessen said.

"It's kind of how we've been doing it all the way anyway, so it's really nothing new as far as how we've been operating and going about our business. It's kind of business as usual."

Falcons coach Troy Calhoun said the move will take some of the burden off of offensive line coach Clay Hendrix, who also serves as an associate head coach. Quarterback coach Blaine Morgan had also had a co-coordinator label next to his name before the moniker restructuring.

Neither will see much of a change in their actual responsibilities.

"It's still a conglomeration during the week in terms of game plan, in terms of offseason study, the way to want to approach our install and then once we get ready for an opponent, too," Calhoun said. "It's still going to be a group effort."

Still, even if the move is basically symbolic, it symbolizes a certain amount of belief in Thiessen's importance.

A two-sport star during his career at Air Force, Thiessen was an All-America center fielder in the spring of 2000 and was the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year later that year as he was among the conference leaders in rushing yards and touchdowns as the Falcons' quarterback.

He still holds the Air Force record with a 33-game hitting streak and he played two seasons of minor league baseball in the Arizona Diamondbacks system.

To make his r?um?more complete, he served at Luke Air Force Base, working in a fighter squadron and later in personnel.

He also taught algebra, calculus and chemistry at the USAFA Prep School.

He has coached receivers for the past eight years, helping to mentor Chad Hall on the way to an NFL career.

"I think probably the thing he does have is good experience after playing quarterback and then coaching the receivers here," Calhoun said. "I think it gives you a little more expansive view for a guy who's got to look at the scope of the field."