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    Does the name Tom Moore ring a bell? Moore was the Indianapolis Colts OC from 1998-2010. Moore wasn’t seen as any type of offensive genius, but it was his relationship and synergy with Peyton Manning that made him indispensable to the Colts during that time. When Manning went to Denver…his first OC was Mike McCoy. McCoy had been the OC there for 3 seasons prior to Manning’s arrival. When Manning balled out…McCoy became one of those ‘hot head coaching candidates’. He got the SD Chargers HC gig – that didn’t go so well. In 2017 and 2018, McCoy got fired from his NFL OC positions mid-season (DEN & ARI). Adam Gase was the next wunderkind to ‘guide’ Manning. His 3-year run as HC of the Dolphins was the definition of non-descript. In GB…the reason why Mike McCarthy essentially was fired was because he no longer was on the same page as his franchise QB, Aaron Rodgers who notoriously became the ‘Audible King’ when plays were relayed from the sideline. But once upon a time, McCarthy was seen as a great offensive architect. I remember a spot on MNF from a few years back that spotlighted the pre-game preparation of Drew Brees/Sean Payton/Pete Carmichael. Brees pretty much ran the meeting. Yes…there was collaboration. But it was Brees dictating what plays he liked in what situations and what he would like to see called. Anybody know who Philip Rivers OC is? Ken Whisenhunt. Not exactly an innovative offensive whizz (pun potentially intended), but a guy endorsed by Rivers as one he can work with…build an offense together with. Yes…in 2015, Matt Ryan needed to be, for lack of better word ‘saved’. Just completing his Age 29 season, he’d just come off a 2 year stretch where the Falcons deteriorated from NFCCG Host to 10-22. Mike Smith had been fired and a new regime was being installed. And even with regard to the entire body of his work…his career YPA stood at a pedestrian 7.2. Ryan felt like he had a career that had stalled. 4 years later, Ryan is a different player. A different person. Under Shanahan and Sark, he improved his completion rate while adding almost a full yard to his YPA. He won an MVP…took the Falcons within a whisker of their first Championship. Kyle Shanahan was an innovative, young offensive mind that helped open up Ryan’s abilities. It took awhile (a season)…but once it took hold – Wow! Ryan finally exploded. So the Matt Ryan that Dirk Koetter will now work with again, is not the same Ryan he last coached in 2014. When Koetter came on board, Ryan wasn’t a finished product. Now he is. His charge now (vs 2012) won’t be to mold him. Koetter wasn't hired to be an Offensive Coordinator so much as he was an Offensive Collaborator; to assist Ryan in leveraging the weapons at his disposal (personnel, scheme, knowledge) to build a balanced and explosive attack. One that controls the pace and tempo of each game. Ultimately, the hiring of Koetter was a nod to the fact that at this juncture familiarity and trust was a critical competitive advantage for his candidacy. It’s certainly possible that Ryan and a guy like Adam Gase could have worked together. But Ryan is bought into Koetter, he’s said so. Ryan isn’t going to show up and be the pupil in this scenario. In a sense, the offense is now his. He’ll be able to remember some of the specific vertical game concepts that Koetter is known for and be able to work with Koetter (as well as Julio) to integrate that into ‘Ryan’s Offense’. We remember that Sark was brought into to run Shanahan’s offense. The issue with Sark ultimately came down to learning curve. Yes, he was better in 2018 than he was in 2017. But with one year of NFL experience under his belt (2004 as OAK QB Coach) before being hired, ultimately DQ decided he miscalculated - the learning curve was too steep. He also knew that another miscalculation means Arthur Blank will decide he miscalculated as well. The hiring of Dirk Koetter is a nod to the fact that the offense, and perhaps the Falcons as they're now constituted are firmly in Matt Ryan’s hands.
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    Put some respeck on DLed’s name...
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    I bet he could, I found this on Mike Conti's twitter. I'm sure he will fit in well with the training we do every year with former seals.
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    Holy sheet dude you could have said this in the 34 other threads on the topic.. Sometimes you gotta go with familiar faces for your soon to be 34 yr old qb who is probably sick to death of the never ending 2 yr OC rotation.. ryan knows these guys and they know him.. i think its whats best and will take the no huddle hand cuffs back off the field general
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    -Experience coach -Experience within the divison -Ryan’s favorite OC -As a HC, always gave the Saints fits We’ll be fine with Koetter as the OC
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    Man, without using stats. Not a fan of that. Help me to truly get excited about this hire. I will be honest, I do like Mularkey. Not really Knapp. My thing is, I’m a run game guy. It’s one of the reasons I barely discussed Bama as much. Too many times we passed when we should have run this past season and in that complete beat down last night. Defense and running. That’s my passion in this game. Control the clock, attack the backfield. Verts just doesn’t suit me. Not a fan at all. I don’t want to argue about 2012. I don’t care about 2012. I’m jealous of you excited folks, I want to be excited too. I will be honest. There are three people in football I just don’t like. I won’t explain why, but I just don’t like these three people. We’re talk pros and not Petrino. He’s low hanging fruit. Josh McDaniels, Dirk Koetter, and Jason Garrett. It’s my team and it would be d-0ushy to not share with my brothers and some of you RL friends. So, give me some info that will make me less ambivalent for the 2019-2020 season. Thanks
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    Let me offer this, because it's something you taught me. Before you and I discussed this (when Shanahan was hired), I always thought in terms of systems. You have the Coryell system (and its variants), the WCO system (and its variants), Ehrardt-Perkins system (and variants). What you taught me was the WCO is as much a philosophy as anything. I still think "system" is accurate, because the WCO more than other types of offenses is symbiotic. It relies upon certain patterns on run versus pass, how the run game works, when to use it, etc. But I also think "philosophy" is accurate to describe that. Here is my point. A lot of people run 4 verticals. Two of them most people don't think of are Kyle Shanahan and Sean Payton. Now, Shanahan brought the quick hitting, get the ball out fast philosophy here, but he would use 4 verticals to stress the safeties frequently, even at the goal line. Payton does as well. And with regard to Payton, I don't think anyone would say Drew Brees holds onto the ball too long waiting for routes to develop. So those guys have figured out how to meld a strong running game with a quick hitting passing attack and still send out 4 verticals in proper situations and still hit the deep ball. They are very different philosophically, but they manage to do the exact same things in the exact same ways to stress defenses. At some point, philosophy is great, but football is football. How does that all apply to Koetter? Well, most of these guys are using the same plays to greater or lesser degree. Everyone runs a sprint option. Everyone sends the RB out of the backfield on pass routes. Everyone uses the TE both for stick routes and vertical routes. Everyone is trying to stretch the defense. Everyone uses play action. Vertical offenses try to do this by sending more people deep than the secondary can cover (and again, "deep" here doesn't mean a 60 yard pass -- 15-20 yards is "deep"). The WCO does it by flooding the field horizontally to make the safety decide who to leave open. Both can be explosive, and both can be conservative. Mix in the fact that Koetter has adopted (and kept) Ehrardt-Perkins terminology into his offense, and you really have more of a hybrid offense than anything that can be purely traced to, say, Don Coryell. Koetter isn't going to come here and run anything resembling Shanahan's offense in terms of philosophy. He isn't going to have a maddening fixation on the QB's footwork. He isn't going to run outside zone almost exclusively. He isn't going to run those WCO staple plays that feed off of misdirection (he'll have misdirection, but it won't be the same thing). But he can, and I think he will, come in and take what is working well for us now, mix it in with the system he likes to run, use the terminology he likes to use, and figure out a way to get the most out of this offense. Realistically, that's the best we could hope for here. Because a bad WCO coordinator (and I'm one who doesn't think Bevell is "bad," FWIW) is worse than a great Coryell coordinator. And vice-versa. Really, we need to fix the o-line, because it was my biggest concern when Koetter got here and it's still a concern. Quinn seems intent on doing that. Mularkey will help. If we stick with zone concepts, Knapp will help. If we do that, you'll get as much run as you want, and we'll still be blowing the top off of defenses. That's a big "if." But the o-line is the key as far as I'm concerned. Fix the o-line and this offense will light it up.
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    Every team in the league runs bubble screens, not sure why people are critical of Koetter for running them. In fact, the year before he came in, everyone was saying about Mularkey "Why does the guy never run screen passes"? It was a legitimate question. Koetter runs screens, but he also builds in other plays off the same action. The guy knows what he is doing and it's not a bad decision to bring him back at all.
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    3 former offensive coordinators for the Falcons all working on the offense. It’s either brilliant....or too many cooks in the kitchen. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I loved Matt running the no huddle under Koetter. Looking forward to seeing that back.
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    Of all the changes, this seems like the one that would have the highest chance for a better result than just bringing back all the old guys. You can easily make the argument Sark already did a pretty good job and Manuel would do a much better job with all the players back. Not with Armstrong.
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    Wait, you mean it's not Smitty as part of the 2019 Reunion Tour?
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    Love it. We're finally trying to bring in some men that know how to play football in the National Football League. Four head coaches who've seen a lot of NFL ball. Old school and new school: Quinn - great DC who should thrive with better players in FA and the draft this year. Focused on DC Raheem - put him back on defense to coach up the DBs. Hire Robiskie to handle the WRs. Another HC Kutty - take care of the pass game and get back to 2012 level. Ryan will love it. Runs instead of bubbles Mularkey - handle the run game. Ditch the stretch and go back to smash mouth. Make Hoop an All Pro That's a solid staff. Hopefully they can blend their ideas, change up the game plans week to week and make quick in game adjustments. Somebody on that staff should be able to help Quinn with time management and situational calls. It's on Dimi now to fix both lines. Something he hasn't been able to do. Free agency, trades and draft are all legal. Last chance or State Line.
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    I was going to make a thread about this. We have won the most interesting makeups of a staff that I've ever seen in the NFL. Our quarterbacks coach is a straight up West Coast guy all the way. Our tightends coach who may have a say in the running game (reading between the lines of Quinn) is a strait up power run game coach..... and the offensive coordinator is a vertical stretch guy who likes to attack a defense down the field. I don't know if it's going to be a genius pairing or a failure but it should be entertaining to watch
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    I can give you guys at least part of the picture, and it's the only part that really matters. Andy (and yes my Canadian brother, he's my son) decided to leave the NFL regardless of what his future there might be. He has two children now and the NFL lifestyle didn't leave him time to be the kind of father he needs to be. Here's the karma part though. Rick Neuheisel heard through the grapevine that Andy was making himself a free agent and asked him to join the staff of the new Arizona AAF franchise. Hired him on the basis of references and a phone conversation. So the whole family is moving to Phoenix, he bought a house just a mile away, and I'll have unlimited grandkid access. He's in San Antonio right now at Hotshots training camp, RBs coach, and since he's the only guy on staff who can install a proven NFL offense, I won't be surprised if he's promoted to OC. The best part from his standpoint is that the AAF franchises only work five months out of the year, so he gets to be a dad, he'll have time to start up a business venture he's planning, and his pay - on an hourly basis anyway - will actually be a bit better than his NFL money.
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    He looks like he could kick someone's ***:
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    LOL....The OP’s head would spin completely off if that happens!
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    Nice catch, Jeff. The jury would have been out on ANY decision. /boggle
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    I feel for you, KOG, I didn't like Koetter much when he was here. I can't speak on how we'll play and if it will entertain you or not, but I think something underrated about these hires on offense is that all of our coaches are in their core competencies and/or at their proper level within the organization. Mularkey seems to be an outstanding TE coach, which is why he got promoted in the first place, but I think OC and HC are a stretch. Same thing with Knapp, he should just be a QB coach, that's what he's best at. Koetter, same thing, although I do think he's an NFL-level OC and he's just out of his depth at HC. Raheem Morris has been an HC, and perhaps he'd be better suited to DB coach, but he's a positional coach on the offense, and that's about where he should be. We now have a solid, deep staff with tons of NFL experience. Nothing shiny, no sweet young hire, but four guys that have been around and have seen success in what they're currently being asked to do. Our offense might not be the best offense of all time, but I do think we will be good, and if you can't enjoy Koetter's style, let's hope you find joy in watching what I hope is a good to great defensive unit next year. EDIT - Also, what the person above me said. Due to the offensive staff, I don't think Quinn even really has to pay attention to the offense, so he can focus on making the defense the best unit possible. I see our defense improving a lot next year, and if not, Quinn will be gone along with his new hires, so you should come out satisfied in one way or another.
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    I wonder which poster on here is D-led. He dropped the mic just for TATF. Nobody else even knows who he is. My guess: FFS1970
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    Just remember, DK did well enough to get a head coaching job out of his time here. When DQ was hired, I honestly had hoped we'd keep DK on board. Glad he's back...
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    For whatever reason, and it really makes little sense to me, Sark was known for his utilization of the 2 TE sets in college with lots of flexing and movement but he seemed to forget about much of it while here. Sure, we saw some plays that flashed this but no consistency. We had players like Matt Ryan saying he still thinks Hooper is going to get a lot better, despite making Pro Bowl alternate this year. We also saw our TEs coach Harmon get fired right away. We saw Hooper making huge plays in his second season under Shanny. Both Koetter and Mularkey make the TEs a huge feature in their running AND passing offenses. Koetter also likes to challenge deep field. OJ Howard caught a 75 yard TD pass last season. I have a feeling both Hooper and Saubert, possibly Alex Gray are going to get a lot more opportunities this year.
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    Kotwica, 44, has spent the last five seasons as the special teams coordinator for the Washington Redskins. Prior to that, he held a number of different positions with the New York Jets from 2007-13, including special teams quality control and special teams coordinator. Football Outsiders, an analytics website, ranked the Redskins eighth in the league following the 2018 season in a metric that takes every special teams phase into account. According to the Redskins team site, Kotwica helped the Redskins rank second in the NFL during the 2017 seasons in kickoff return average allowed at 18.7 yards per return, the team's lowest average allowed since 2001 (17.2).
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    I agree...especially after what he did to Colts was just plain disrespectful & unprofessional.
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    Really strikes me as a thinly veiled threat. “If they don’t push this through we’ll create a storm of bad publicity on social media.” Dirtbag lawyer. I’m actually curious what the “whole story” is though lol
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    People over-reacted to all the Kubiak hullabaloo. I'm not sure he was really ever in play. Dirk is 10X the OC that Marion was an HC.
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    I will say that Coley would be an incredibly lazy hire by Kirby. Incredibly lazy hire to just promote him with his real history as an OC being a recruiter for Jimbo actually calling the plays and then getting fired at Miami. We only really have him on staff to recruit south Florida anyway. UGA is legitimately a top 5 job in college football and trending up as a nationally relevant football program. We have some of the best offensive talent in the country. Recruiting alone doesn’t win jack ****. As a career defensive player and coach, Kirby needs to hire a brilliant offensive COORDINATOR and let him do his job in my opinion. Chaney was a ho hum hire to begin with and Coley would be too. Coaches in their 40s and 50s are who they are by that point. People in general are who they are long before that. I’m not gonna whine about it though. If Coley is the hire, fine... not gonna expect a championship. We can and should do a lot better.
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    What's so special about Kubiak? He left the game because his health couldn't handle it now wants to come back in a lesser capacity.
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    It reads like Schultz had some kind of axe to grind seriously. As mentioned before, all hires are scrutinized--why would this one be any different? He starts off as if Koetter can only have knowledge of one offense. Anyone thinking Koetter doesn't understand the concepts of the outside zone scheme is kidding themselves. He then jumps to "they didn't wait on playoff teams". That certainly was probably the plan but when you hit on the guy you want early, why bother? That's not necessarily a "reversal". Then he brings up Kubiak. Just because someone wants to interview someone doesn't make them choice #1. We all know Bevell was the first to interview, why didn't that make him choice #1? We'll never know for certain but this seems like Schultz projecting his wishlist onto the Falcons. Correct me if I'm wrong but the Falcons denial stated specifically that an AGREEMENT hadn't been reached. Yes, it's semantics, but it's important. An offer is not the same as an agreement. Fine examples of why I have always had a hard time taking Schultz seriously...
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    As I've said before, I've never been as high on Koetter as most people here were after he left nor as down on him as most people here were when he was here before. So I hope this is an even-keeled assessment of him instead of an emotional reaction. Full disclosure: He wasn't my first choice. I'd have preferred just about anyone who has actually coached a WCO/ZBS offense before because I think it suits our QB better and is a better philosophy. Having said that, I'm not worried and here is why. 1) Koetter knows Matt Ryan, and Matt knows Koetter. If these two want to work together, that tells me a lot about their respect for each other and comfort level. Matt isn't going to want to work with someone who can't get us to the dance. Koetter doesn't want to coach someone who can't make him look good. At some point, you trust the guys on the field and on the sideline when they say "this is going to be good." Especially when they clearly have a choice in the matter (Koetter isn't being forced on Ryan by any means). 2) The retention of Knapp and Morris and the addition of Mularkey puts a lot of NFL HC experience on that side of the ball. Of the 4, only Raheem Morris is really out of place (it's good to have his experience, but I still wonder why he's on that side of the ball -- since he's not here to help Sark out anymore, I'd like to see him back on defense). And unlike their stints as head coaches and OCs, Mularkey is a truly great TE coach and Knapp is a truly great QB coach. Now, I realize that both of those comments tend toward the passing game, and that isn't really what gets your motor running. So let me address the run game as well. 3) Koetter has shown the ability and desire to have valid run/pass balance. When he was hired as the Bucs HC, he said "we’re going to be a run-first football team. You’ve got to run the ball and stop the run to win in this league, and we’re not going to change from that.” Now, in his first season, 2015, he stuck with that for the most part. 55/45 run/pass (Atlanta was 60/40). 2016, it was 57/43 (Atlanta was about the same, and went to the Super Bowl). 2017 he was 62/38 (Atlanta was 56/44, and everyone wondered what had happened to our offense). 2018, 67/57 (Atlanta was 65/35). Stats are from here (starting with 2015, but you can change years using the drop down menu): https://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/passing-play-pct?date=2016-02-08 What's interesting to me is you see a trend starting with balance and then getting away from it with both teams. Why? I think it's largely the same reason -- personnel. Koetter lost Martin, or at least his ability to play well. 2015 he was 288 attempts for 1400 yards and played in all 16 games. 2016, he missed half the season and went 144 rushes for 421 yards. 2017 he 138 rushes for 406 yards in 11 games. Last season he was in Oakland, and still only got 172 carries for 723 yards. Losing your best rusher tends to hurt you. We're no different. Healthy Freeman, and our run game is solid (and our coaches' faith in it equally solid) and we maintain balance. Lose him, and we're playing backups and the coaches aren't as confident sticking to the run. Compounding our issues in Atlanta, we had o-line concerns in 2017 and 2018. I'm not sure if Koetter had those same struggles. My point is this -- Koetter can and will commit to the run game. But a lot of it is personnel dependent, and how effective it is will also be personnel dependent. In 2015, for example, the Bucs were 5th in the league in rushing yards per game with 135. The Falcons, with Shanahan and the zone blocking scheme and a healthy Freeman, were 19th. They were also 5th in total yards. Falcons were also 19th. https://www.footballdb.com/stats/teamstat.html?lg=NFL&yr=2015&type=reg&cat=R&group=O&conf=&sort=rushtds With Quinn in his ear preaching balance, and with Mularkey's influence and Knapp's familiarity with the zone blocking scheme we run, I could see us having a very, very good rushing team under Koetter, and still have the explosiveness to take the top off a defense at any time. One thing Koetter's scheme does very well is get guys open deep in space. Huge, chunk plays. Often long TDs with the weapons we have. Add a solid running game and PA to that? Look out. 4) This has been mentioned by most other folks here, but Quinn gets to concentrate far more energy on the defensive side of the football. That approach worked with Shanahan in 2015/2016, and it will work with Koetter now. Koetter doesn't have to be perfect. He just has to be competent and use this offense's weapons without squandering them. He is perfectly capable of doing that. Meanwhile, this leaves Quinn free to game plan and coach up the defense, which makes that side of the ball better. This could well be a move that improves both sides of the ball at once. Now, that's my sales pitch. If I believe all that, then why did I favor sticking to the WCO/ZBS scheme? Simple -- I just think it works better. To me, Koetter splits 4 wide and goes empty or single-back too much, and this tips pass. He runs out of those same formations, but that hampers the run game's ability to thrive. As Shanahan said, when you don't have a FB and a TE on the field, it's harder to run the ball. I'd rather see Koetter use more 21 personnel and pass out of those formations in addition to running. It keeps the defense off balance. He doesn't have to run the full blown WCO philosophy, but just mix it up some where we aren't going 4 wide and shotgun and literally everyone knows it's a passing play. Side note: several people are saying they could "predict" the plays Koetter was calling. As you and I both know, that's bull****. But he was predictable solely in the sense that the other team could easily tip run or pass based on formation and how the blockers line up, and that's something Shanahan's system doesn't do. So while I hate to use the word "predictable," I will say if you are not going to disguise run vs. pass with anything other than play action, then you'd better be REALLY good at both the run and the pass, because you're not hampering the defense at all other than just beating them at the assignment level. A lot of coaches have that philosophy -- we're not going to trick you, we're just going to beat you. I'm not a fan of it. I'd rather take every advantage I can, including having the defense out there with no clue whether the next play is a run versus a pass. It's a philosophical difference. Also, I think the risks of 3 and out are higher with a vertical offense. Koetter has said why take 5 yards when you can take 20. I get that, and it works for him. But combining the lower percentage throws with a lot of no huddle, and the next thing you know you're stressing your defense. They just got off the field. Now they have to go back. I prefer a lot more clock/ball control philosophically. Hopefully Mularkey will be a good influence in that regard. All said, Koetter is capable. I'm not worried about the hire. I disagree with some of his offensive philosophy, but there is no doubt it works. It's won multiple Super Bowls, most notably with the Rams in the late 90s, the Cowboys in the mid-90s, and the Colts with Peyton Manning. I'm sure there are others as well. Koetter is also adaptable, which is unusual for someone who has been an OC and HC. I trust him. He will simplify the offensive terminology, which will clean up a lot of the communications issues that have plagued the team since Quinn got here (2016 being the outlier there). The biggest thing is, we need an o-line, because Koetter isn't scheming around o-line issues. Invest in the line, heavily, and this team will be very, very good.
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    I dunno... look at what the Tampa offense did with Fitz and not Jameis. HC Koetter had way more to do than OC Koetter will, plus all these guys are, while obviously not young and dynamic, serious NFL quality coaches. Matt Ryan made TWO of them HC material...getting the band back together makes a lot of sense during the twilight of his career. It would likely have taken at least a year for a Ryan + Dynamic Young Coach combo to really start clicking, while Ryan plus Cutty, Baloney and Knapp have a shyteton of experience together and should be on the same page almost immediately... I think this is gonna work out nicely! And bonus: ANYONE but Bevell...
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    LG1 (679) 85 months 22 minutes agovia Mobile Reply Quote Talks are wrapping up with UGA OL Coach Pitman to be named Assoc HC with a new 3 year, 1.5M /yr salary. Go Dawgs This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by LG1 14 minutes ago
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    McCoy loves Matt Ryan. Only says good things about him. He said Julio was hatched out of an egg.
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    Spain and Alexander need to be top priority. Those guys fit the roles and the bill
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    This is stupid how sincne of y'all are acting. Koetter PF ranked 8, 20 and 12 Mularkey PF ranked 10, 13, 5, 7 Many can hate on them both for several reasons. But fact is they both have worked with ryan and gave us a top 10 offense. If not for our sorry defense we won have been playing the ravens in the superbowl. However the defense blew so bad in the Seahawks game, that they scored with less than a minute and julio Jones had the inspection. And don't forget the announcers mocked our defense with saying "the seahawks offense has no grass stains on them the entire game". Then the 49ers game the fans are so loud the first half that it extremely helped our defense. But the second half the fans went to get drinks at halftime and were slow to return. Which caused the defense to play, which caused us to lose the game. Shanny and sark had one good season one bad season, each. Koetter and mularkey have a better track record with ryan. In fact Shanahan looks like a dud with only having one season with ryan and one season with rg3 as looking good.
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    Obviously dont you remember year after year of mike smith going for it on 4th and 1 and we couldn't get it? Lost to AZ in the playoffs. Off the top of my head I know we lost to NO failing to get 1 yard. No, we didnt power through anything.
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    Hey, guess who handled his transfer situation with class, didn't cause a distraction for his team, and won't be throwing his old team under a bus anytime soon? Fields could learn a few things from this guy...
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    There's some good points there. Matt is the only constant cog over the greatest period of Falcons success ever. He doesn't need a flashy OC to succeed. He is the flashy OC. Fix the line...get Free healthy and this could be an exciting offense. Gameplan and prep better for each game, and they could be unstoppable. It wasn't just Shanny's system it was his ability to push and challenge Matt into greatness that made 2016 so great. It's hard to imagine that happening again in 2017.
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    Buck is a DGD but he is an idiot
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    As OC for ATL in 2013, Koetter has the Falcons as the 14th best offense in the league with the following: Holmes, Blalock, Konz, Reynolds, Trueblood as the OL A 30 year old Steven Hackson and Julio played 5 games that year. Ryan threw for 4500 yards, 26 TDs, easily on par or better season than both Shanny and Sarks first years. Thats all you need need to know there.... Who did y’all realistically think would be an upgrade? Do you really want a guy with no experience as a play caller? Those are the realistic options outside of Kubiak.... This was a solid hire. A stable hire. And a hire on the offensive side, along with Mularky and Knapp that will provide good game planning and in game management necessary for DQ to run the defense as DC.
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    Good hire we now have 3 former HCs on staff - that can’t be all bad. Sure hope they get clock management right
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    I think Mularkey will get the most out of his tight ends and blocking. Not sure why everyone is down on Koetter. Dude was bombing away through the air in Tampa with backups as his QBs.