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Falcons Hire Dirk Koetter as OC

Dirk calling the shots for the Jags

Atlanta has finally decided on who will lead their offense into next season. Dirk Koetter, former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator, will being calling the shots going forward for the Falcons.

Koetter was with the Jags since 2007, and worked with Mike Smith in his last season with the franchise before making the leap to Atlanta. Before his NFL tenure Koetter was all about college football. From 1985 until his journey to northeast Florida, he worked for several different schools, notably as the head coach of Boise State and Arizona State. His passing attack for the Sun Devils must have been enticing to the Falcons’ management. In 2005 Arizona State finished third in passing yards per game.

Fans have been quick to react towards this new hire, with a good amount of negativity filling the social media boards. Obviously Jacksonville had a horrendous season offensively this year. The Jags ranked dead last in passing yards, but with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, you can’t really blame Koetter for that debacle.

Look at what he’s had to work with in his prior years in the NFL, though, before you make any rash judgments. David Garrard was his best quarterback for four seasons in a row. Now I’m not the biggest expert on pro football, but I think everyone will agree with me in saying Matt Ryan is far above Garrard’s level.

Koetter has had no help with his receivers either. Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Ernest Wilford, Matt Jones, Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas, these are the guys he’s been able to use in his arsenal. Unfortunately this isn’t a joke. In Atlanta he will have a Pro Bowler in Roddy White, a rising young star in Julio Jones and a legend in Tony Gonzalez, and we don’t even know who else the Falcons will have for next season. The future is already looking brighter for the former Idaho State QB.

Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing this season, and has ran for over 1,300 yards for three years straight now. Even with little to work with on the passing side, Koetter made the Jags run game a powerful force.

So before you write him off, let’s at least give the guy a chance. He will have plenty of talent to work with in Atlanta. The Falcons have to hope he won’t¬†imitate¬†Mularkey, for if he does, this fan base is going to riot. They (Blank, TD and Smith) said they weren’t happy with these first-round exits in the playoffs. Well, Koetter better making something happen quick. More changes will be on the way if he fails.


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One Response to “Falcons Hire Dirk Koetter as OC”

  1. Jai says:

    Falcons need a lot of help to be serious super bowl contenders, They have the best head coach in there history besides dan reeves.. I love his guts and belief in his team with his 4th down calls this year.. However, he needs the players to match his intensity.. the offensive line doesnt hold its weight.. the falcons need to pay dominant free agent offensive line men

    The falcons also need a more creative passing game to consistently complete 5 to 15 yard passing plays

    finally, the falcons need more pass rush pressure.. to win a super bowl you have to plug the gaps.. you also have to spend money on quality players to fill those gaps…

    lets get it down falcons!! fan since 1969

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