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Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 15, 2012 3:43 pm
Dirk Koetter has been hired as Atlanta's offensive coordinator (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Falcons coach Mike Smith and former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be reunited as the Falcons announced the hiring of Koetter as their offensive coordinator on Sunday.

Koetter replaces Mike Mularkey, who was hired as Jacksonville’s head coach.

"I am very pleased to add Coach Koetter as our offensive coordinator," Smith said in a statement released by the team.  "Dirk is a veteran offensive coach who will bring years of NFL experience as an offensive coordinator as well as a fresh set of ideas to our offense. He is bright, he understands the intricacies of the vertical passing game, but he also wants to be able to run the football which is very important in the NFL.

"I look forward to working with Dirk and have tremendous confidence that he will be a great addition to our team and our coaching staff."

Koetter beat out an apparent interview list that included Brian Billick, Brian Schottenheimer and Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements in order to win the job from his old Jacksonville mate.

Koetter was hired as Jacksonville's offensive coordinator in 2007. He worked with Smith for one year. Smith was the Jaguars' defensive coordinator before he became Atlanta's head coach in 2008.

While Koetter’s offense didn’t impress this season -- even with the league’s leading rusher, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville finished last in the league in yards gained and 28th in points scored -- the Jaguars have been better under Koetter in years past. Not great, mind you. But closer to league average as opposed to league worst.

At the very least, Koetter will get to work with a franchise quarterback for the first time as an offensive coordinator, after spending his previous years dealing with David Garrard from 2007-10 and the disappointing rookie Blaine Gabbert last year. Matt Ryan will be quite an upgrade from those two.

Koetter inherits an offense blessed with established starters such as quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Michael Turner, tight end Tony Gonzalez and receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. With the exception of Jones, who was a breakout rookie in 2011, all those playmakers, plus fullback Ovie Mughelli, have been Pro Bowl selections.

But Atlanta fans shouldn’t expect a huge change in offensive philosophy. As NFL analyst Adam Caplan notes, Murlakey and Koetter run a similar style of offense.

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Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:33 am

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

People settle down a little. Billick was never coming and Shott is not very good either. Mike Smith didn't make this choice himself. The owner and GM had a big part in it. I can't tell you he will be any better but he can't be any worse. J-ville sucked and he's never had a good QB.

The homer that wants to say Ryan is not a good QB and has no heart please. Top 10 QB in the league since he came in.

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:16 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Did you read this?  "Koetter beat out an that included Brian Billick, Brian Schottenheimer and quarterback coach Tom Clements in order to win the job from his old Jacksonville mate."  The falcons brass is smoking crack.  There is no way in hell he beat out Tom Clements in an interview.   Hell i would love to have Brain Billick or Brain Schottenheimer over the leagues worst offense coodinator in 2011.  I am really tired of pulling for a loser.  I bet Gonzo wished he had retired now.  The Falcons are taking a step back and if they dont make a great hire on Defense then i am done.  

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:38 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

I agree with most posters in saying this is an awful hire because it truly is. However, I don’t think it really matters because Matt Ryan is not good enough to get to the next level regardless who the OC is. As a fan of the entire league, I don’t believe there is a more overrated played than Matt Ryan. He has no arm and more importantly he has no heart.

The Falcons organization is in a tough spot with this situation because the team has made the playoffs recently but a true GM / owner should be able evaluate talent for the most important position on the field. By keeping Ryan you may avoid an immediate rebuilding period but keeping him will only make the problem worse in the long run. What is he going to give you? At best another 9-7 season and wildcard loss. Just eat the bullet now and move on from this guy. Bookmark this post – when all is said & done Matt Ryan will be considered a bust.

I also think the Falcons would do good to get rid of Mike Smith as head coach. This man is not head coach material. He is a life-long coordinator at best and the sooner that is realized, the better. I feel bad for Falcons fans.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:37 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

After watching the Stellar play of the Jaguars this past season, I'm failing to see the logic in this hire.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:56 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Hot Rain I'm hoping you're right.

Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:04 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

its a shit hire period ,bad head coach as well cost his team a few wins this year. he will be fired after missing playoffs next year. its a throwing league especially that division and the dome theory. but hell i dont care we spanked them last week.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:00 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

It is very obvious that Mike Smith is feeling the heat on him with this horrible hire. He doesn't have the balls to hire a coordinator who might actually be a threat to him as head coach if he continues to have teams that underperform. This is a complete joke and makes me not want to renew my season tickets.

Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:31 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Live in GA and want to be a Falcons' fan, but come on. This is the best you can do or the best deal you could get for the money. Atlanta will start to miss the playoffs again, then be back in the cellar. I will just stick with my Steelers - a down year and they need to rebuild, but I know they will be back for #7 soon.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:11 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Was this really the best the Falcons could do? Two steps forward,three four step backwards.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:28 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

You all seem quick to pass judgement here knowing little about the man and his ability to coach.  Now I am not saying you are going to be wrong about the hire, but I feel that people must be put in a position to succeed.  Look at the Niners... Singletary had the same talent and couldn't make it happen like Harbaugh did. Look at Shanahan in Washington no talent equals failure for him to this point. Bottom line Koetter had "buns" for talent in J'ville out side of MJD and decent line play. 

It is true that Koetter is relatively unknown to the average fan but is respected in the industry and I feel pretty positive about the hire and believe in my heart the Falcons with out question will score more next year and increase the number of explosive pass plays.

The main thing I want to see addressed with Falcons is our offensive line and I think we need a more versatile back than Turner.  I wonder if Mularky would want to trade MJD for Turner?  ;)  Anyhow, don't be to quick to shit on this hire.  You may look dumb in the near future.

you guys seem to negative...I just don't see any evidence that would make me say this guy will fail which seems to be the band wagon opinion at the moment.

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