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Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 15, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

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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Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Report: Falcons looking at Schottey, Billick

By Josh Katzowitz

While we speculate about whether former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would join his father if Marty Schottenheimer got the Buccaneers head coaching job, another potential job has emerged for the younger Schottey.

According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, Schottenheimer is on the list to be interviewed for Mike Mularkey’s old job as the Falcons offensive coordinator.

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While Schottenheimer is set to interview for the open University of Alabama offensive coordinator position as well, Atlanta also appears interested in Super Bowl-title winning coach Brian Billick, former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and Packers quarterback coach Tom Clements.

Assuming Billick wouldn’t want that job (and assuming that if Billick did want the job, the Falcons wouldn’t want to pay the salary Billick would desire), Koetter seems like a decent option. Although the Jaguars offense was a disaster this year when running back Maurice Jones-Drew wasn’t running the ball, Atlanta coach Mike Smith and Koetter worked together in Jacksonville.

Clements, meanwhile, was apparently a candidate for the Penn State job that ultimately went to Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien.

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Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:18 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 11:53 am
 

Report: O'Brien set to become Penn State coach

Brady and O'BrienBy Josh Katzowitz

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will be Penn State's next football coach, according to a USA Today report.

As NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora originally reported, O’Brien had emerged as a candidate to become Joe Paterno’s successor at Penn State after Titans coach Mike Munchak said he had no interest in that job. Now, USA Today's Jon Saraceno is reporting that “only contract details need to be finalized before O'Brien is the man.”

The last time we heard from O’Brien, he and Tom Brady were in a screaming match on the sideline during the Redskins game after Brady threw a bad interception in the end zone.

That shone an unfortunate spotlight on O’Brien, who’s been in charge of New England’s offense for the past year (and with the team as its quarterback coach for the past three seasons) and has helped the Patriots become the second-ranked offense in the league by yards and third-ranked by points. O’Brien -- whose contract expires at the end of this season -- has never been a head coach at the pro or college level, though he was an assistant coach at Georgia Tech. LaCanfora writes he also could have interest in the Chiefs head coaching job.

Titans first-year coach and Penn State alumnus Mike Munchak has been courted heavily by the school. Though Munchak has been more than definitive, more reports have emerged that say Munchak still is thinking about it.

Also, Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements supposedly participated in a phone interview with Penn State, but that news quickly was denied by all parties.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Munchak: 'I have no interest' in Penn State job

Munchak has 'no interest' in following Paterno at PSU. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Earlier Wednesday, we passed along the report that Penn State's top choice to replace Joe Paterno was first-year Titans coach Mike Munchak. Penn State can't talk to him, though, because he's in the middle of a playoff run.

Not that it will really matter -- Munchak told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean on Wednesday that he has "no interest" in taking over in State College.

"I love my alma mater, but I have no interest in being the head coach at Penn State,” Munchak said. "I never want to leave Tennessee. I have a great deal of respect for Penn State and I hope they find a great coach there. But I am happy where I'm at."

This shouldn't be an entirely surprising development: Munchak's a former Nittany Lion, but he's also been involved with the Titans and/or Oilers for nearly 30 years, first as a player and then as a coach.

Plus, the Penn State job isn't exactly an easy one: taking over for Paterno involves filling impossibly big shoes and simultaneously handle a nightmare situation involving former coach Jerry Sandusky that's guaranteed to remain in the national spotlight for a lengthy period of time.

Give credit to Munchak, though, for handling these rumors well -- the former Nittany Lion's being honest with the media while also managing to support his alma mater.

"I am set where I am at," Munchak said. "I am thrilled with what I am doing. I am not interested in the Penn State job. I am interested in what happens there, and I don’t want to distance myself from Penn State. But as far as the head coaching deal, I am. I would love to be involved in my alma mater. My point is I have no interest in being the head coach there."

With Munchak (somewhat officially) turning down Penn State, the university's search committee will now reportedly take a look at Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 11:03 am
 

Report: Mike Munchak tops Penn State search list

By Will Brinson

Titans coach Mike Munchak's done good work in Tennessee during his first season -- his team still has a longshot of snagging a Wild Card -- and it hasn't gone unnoticed, as Munchak is reportedly on the top of the search committee list for Penn State.

Nearly two months ago, Joe Paterno was fired as head coach of the Nittany Lions and according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Munchak is the "top pick of the search committee" to replace Joe Pa.

Tom Clements, the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach, is reportedly the backup plan in the event Munchak declines to take the job with Penn State. Clements, a Notre Dame grad, has interviewed twice already, although not yet in person.

Penn State's said they're taking a "measured approach" to the search, but has said that the school wants a new coach in place before Penn State's bowl game. Given that Munchak's final regular-season game with the Titans is January 1 and the Nittany Lions play in the TicketCity Bowl on January 2, that seems like a stretch.

Munchak, drafted in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978-1981 and was a second-team All-American in his senior year.

"Mike would be a great fit," former Penn State running back Curt Warner said per the Post-Gazette. "He's a Penn State guy. I don't think any of his old teammates would be upset about him getting the job at all. He has my support. I'd love to see him get it."

But Munchak told Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean that he's not interested in the gig.

"Nothing is going on," Munchak said, "People like to speculate."

The question will probably come down to where Munchak's loyalty lies the most: he played with the Oilers his entire career and has coached in the organization (either with the Titans or Oilers) ever since. That's since 1983, mind you, and it's probably enough time to cancel out his four years spent in State College.

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Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:05 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 10:56 am
 

Did Packers QB coach interview at Penn State?

Tom Clements might or might not have interviewed for Penn State's football job Friday (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, who has played a major role in the development of Aaron Rodgers, was reportedly interviewed Friday for the Penn State head coaching job, according to USA Today.

But ESPN Milwaukee writes that an NFL source says Clements, in fact, did NOT interview for the job.

"I’m not aware of any interview to take place today," Packers coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after practice Friday. "As far as if Tom was a candidate, I think he would be an outstanding candidate. I do not know what Penn State’s plans are. I’ve had zero communication with anybody from Penn State."

Also, a source told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "There is no telephone interview or conversation that is scheduled between Tom and Penn State, there never has been one scheduled, nor is there anything scheduled in the foreseeable future."

Clements -- a former Notre Dame All-American and a Canadian Football League Hall of Famer who’s been a highly regarded NFL assistant -- was supposed to have been interviewed by acting athletic director Dave Joyner on the phone, according to USA Today. Yet, it seems highly unlikely that Clements would interview with Penn State without telling McCarthy first. 

Joyner also was to interview interim Nittany Lions coach Tom Bradley, though it’s hard to see Joyner continuing on with a former Joe Paterno assistant at the helm of the Penn State program. Joyner also has interviewed Jay Paterno, but the chances of him following in his father’s footsteps have to be less than zero.

Last week, Clements submitted his application to Penn State, though he declined to discuss his interest in the job. His players, former and current, had rave reviews for him, though.

"I would hire him in a second,” Brett Favre told USA Today.

Rodgers feels the same way. After Clements’ interest in the job surfaced, Rodgers said, "I don't want to see him leave, but if you look at that situation it's going to take a man with integrity to step in there and lead.”

"Tom has a great pedigree as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, as a human. He's a first-class individual.”

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