He had a very mediocre run at Arizona State.
He had some decent seasons at Boise State, but nothing like the success they have had since he left.
That's it: nothing else, other than the happy accident of that one good season at Jacksonville being the one season he was with Smitty.
A crony hire: not a best coach available hire. A lot of people justify his #32 offense by saying he didn't have talent? OK. But he does not have a lengthy record of hot offenses before that to give a logical hope that that was an aberration. The fact that he did very little with very little does not mean that he will do a lot with a lot.
Lastly, his system is the wrong system to take full advantage of Ryan's (and the rest of the offense's) strengths, and to mask his (and their) limitations. A pure WCO would much better suit Matt Ryan's strengths and weaknesses. A pure WCO would also have helped out the offensive line. A pure WCO would also benefit Jaquizz Rodgers, who is a very good receiver and a good runner.
Koetter had one good season. One. And that one good season was 5 years ago. Our playoff hopes rest on that one good season being Koetter's norm. TD and Smitty should be ashamed. If this hire does, indeed, result in failure, both TD and Smitty will deserve to be fired.
Edited by Big Rob 64, 10 April 2012 - 06:48 AM.