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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: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 1:23 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

WOW! Downgrade - Report Card Grade F.   Mike Smith said that Koetter is a just like Murlakey.   The Falcons needed an offensive co ordinator like Sean Payton not like Murlakey.  Roddy White and the rest of the offense wanted an offensive Co ordinator that was not like Murlakey.   Not only is Koetter not as good a Murlakey - But Koetter was not retained by the new Murlakey staff.  This is the exact reason why Falcons are not going to make the Playoffs next year.   Mike Smith has just put himself on notice by the Falcons.  You either go to NFC championship or you and your new your new quarterback coach are gone.  

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:52 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

I absolutely can't believe this move. I mean, really? This organization never ceases to amaze me (and not in a good way). I have an idea, lets just have the Smith family come back and re-buy the team and get the complete collapse over with already. I bet NFC South owners/coaches/players are all just dancing & singing naked next to a campfire under the stars over this move. Oh well, so much for opening it up on offense next year.....or ever.

Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:34 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Agreed this is an absolutely horrible hire. Blank said we took a step back this year we're about to take a giant leap back in 2012.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:33 pm

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

They may claim for him to be a Mularky clone, but after watching him in Jax the last couple of years he is worse. He has no real plan to attack a defense and has shown no capabilities to adjust during the game. Yes he has had no real playmakers at WR but he playcalling decisions have been horrible. 1st and goal from the 3 with the leading RB in the NFL and he throws 3 times. Good luck you will need it.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:28 am

Report: Falcons hire Dirk Koetter as new OC

Terrible hire, same type of coach, no imagination.  If Smith wants to win and keep his job, this is a really bad decision. There are too many out of work coaches to hire a clone of Mularky. There will probably be a house cleaning for the Falcons next year starting with the GM. a TEAM'S window to win it all is not very long, and I believe that Atlanta's is about gone.

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