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  1. Hi all P4PATL is back with another show. Jimmy and Mike do a breakdown of Atlanta Falcons coaching staff. Gives us your take on this topic as well.
  2. I misread some numbers and then started spouting off how DK sucks at running the ball. Although I feel he can get away from running the ball and I don’t like it, I based a whole argument off of incorrect numbers. My apologies. Next time I’ll look closer. @FalconFanSince1970 and @blkbigdog35 I gave you false information. @Falcons Fan MVP @raysnill1 @Ovie_Lover and I’ll even throw in in @Boise Falcon Fan whomever else I forgot your name but you were right and I was wrong. I’m gonna go drink a beer now. Rise up boys and girls
  3. I forgot how long we held onto the ball back then. And not a penalty in sight.
  4. Hi all, J.R. Clark from Pound 4 Pound ATL. Shares his thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons offense. As he shares his thoughts. We look forward to hearing yours. #Riseup
  5. .....the team hasn't made Koetter available for interviews, had a presser to announce the hiring (with him there, etc.)? I remember Shanahan having a lot of access to the media. I've been looking forward to hearing Koetter's thoughts on the offense and how he will run it, how much autonomy he'll have, his philosophy for this team at this time, etc. But nothing -- radio silence. Any thoughts on why they aren't publicizing this hire more?
  6. Dirk Koetter: Defenses keep Julio Jones from fade routes in red zone By Vaughn McClure | November 18, 2014 8:05:47 PM PST FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- While Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter steered clear of why wide receiver screens haven't been successful, he did offer an explanation for not throwing more fade routes to Julio Jones in the red zone. "Well, most teams that play us, when they are playing man coverage, are usually doubling [Julio]," Koetter said. "So they usually have a safety doubling over the top. Percentage-wise, it wouldn't be in your best interest to throw it. Jones "We have a lot of plays where (the fade) may be an option to go to Julio, if we get the right coverage. We just haven't had it up at the right time, or they haven't been in the right coverage at the right time." Jones has three touchdowns this season, two coming in the red zone. The first was a 14-yard reception from Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter of the Cincinnati game. Jones was in the slot one-on-one against safety Reggie Nelson, which was an obvious mismatch. The other was an 8-yard pass from Ryan in Week 3 against Tampa Bay during which Jones got behind single coverage from cornerback Johnthan Banks as safety Dashon Goldson hesitated while pondering whether to double Devin Hester. Koetter was asked about the possibility of using Roddy White more in those fade routes, since Jones is being taken away. "Well, Roddy actually has got a couple of touchdown passes on back-shoulder fades over on the other side," Koetter said. "Those are examples of plays where when we don't have the right box count or we're in a fade situation, Matt's looking for the best matchup. There were two of them this year. They don't seem like they're fades because they're not leading [White] right to the back corner of the end zone." White has a team-leading five touchdown receptions, with four of them in the red zone. Koetter said tight end Levine Toilolo could become more of a red-zone threat moving forward. Toilolo has one touchdown catch: a 1-yard reception in a season-opening win over New Orleans.
  7. Didn't see it posted yet http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2012/06/20/koetter-is-out-to-upgrade-the-falcons-one-explosion-at-a-time/ Flowery Branch – Dirk Koetter doesn’t come across as a guy who plans to reinvent the wheel or the screen door or even the screen pass. There’s not one whiff of Boy Genius about him, probably because he’s not a boy (he’s 53) and surely because a coordinator who at his last stop presided over the NFL’s lowest-rated offense has been served a heaping helping of humility. But that’s OK. In football, “geniuses” tend to flame out quicker than you can say, “Mike Martz and His Greatest Show on Turf.” Koetter knows he’s not here to rip up everything; his job is to nip, tuck and tweak. As he said Wednesday, speaking after the morning session of Falcons minicamp: “Atlanta has won a lot of games the past few years — I’m in no position to second-guess anybody.” So don’t expect him to bad-mouth his predecessor, the unlamented Mike Mularkey, or to proclaim that the Falcons’ offense, which under Double M had become a singularly ponderous thing, is now in defter hands. For one thing, that’s not the way professionals behave. For another, Koetter cares nothing about what happened before him; he’s interested only in today and tomorrow. Koetter again: “My concern is, ‘How do we maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses?’ ” Here’s his appraisal of inherited talent: “We have proven playmakers at running back, at tight end, at wide receiver and at quarterback. And we’ve got a nice competitive situation along the offensive line. We do have a good group of guys on offense.” Five months on the job, Koetter already is crazy about Matt Ryan. Asked if the quarterback who has yet to engineer a postseason victory is cut from championship cloth, Koetter said: “Absolutely. Absolutely. The guy has everything you want and more. “A lot of guys can throw it around the park, but I’m impressed by his work ethic, his dedication, his leadership — the way he talks to his teammates — and the way he handles the amount of pressure he’s under. He’s an excellent communicator. As an offensive coordinator, you love a quarterback who’s a good communicator.” OK, there’s Koetter’s answer to one hot-button question. (Yes, Ryan is good enough.) As for the other: His offense will incorporate screen passes. (Unaccountably, Mularkey’s did not.) “I just think the screen should be a part of any offense,” Koetter said. “I’ve been a big believer in screens my whole life. It’s a way to slow down a pass rush, and it’s a way to get the ball to your playmakers in space. I tell our guys, ‘Think of a screen pass as a punt return.’ ” That does not — bad joke upcoming — mean Koetter’s offense will necessarily feature more screens than a mall cineplex. Yardage-wise, he’s agnostic. “I don’t care if Matt has to scramble for 12 yards,” he said, and that’s because he cares most about yards gained in chunks. “We want explosive plays, whether they’re runs or passes,” Koetter said, and then he defined his terms. “When I think about explosive plays, I mean 12-yard runs or 16-yard passes. [Those yardage figures are minimums, please note.] Next to turnovers, 12-yard runs and 16-yard passes are the biggest factors in winning. If you have eight of those plays in a game, you’ll have a great chance to win.” Koetter isn’t just talking out of his hat. (Actually, he was sporting a Spurrieresque visor.) He has seen the research done in Jacksonville, his previous place of employment, and by other NFL clubs. “Different people use different numbers for explosive plays,” he said, “but people who are way smarter than I am have determined that those are the important ones — 12-yard runs and 16-yard passes.” Unlike some offensive coordinators, Koetter chooses to downplay his gray matter. Speaking of those crunched explosive-play numbers, he said: “I didn’t create those numbers, but I’m smart enough to figure out that they mean something. I didn’t figure out that the world is flat, either.” Wait a second. Is the world flat? Said Koetter, sheepish now: “I meant round.” Then he smiled. “Shows you why I’m a football coach.” By Mark Bradley
  8. http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-koetter-follows-in-1311695.html Sorry if already posted. By D. Orlando Ledbetter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution FLOWERY BRANCH — Back in 1985, Dirk Koetter decided to leave the small town of Pocatello, Idaho, to chase his dream of one day becoming like his father. Falcons blog with D. Orlando Ledbetter » Roddy White wins PFWA’s ‘Good Guy’ Award Fan blog: The Bird Cage » Falcons Fans Shocked by Dirk Koetter Hire Mark Bradley on Falcons » The Falcons had to change to move forward, and they have Jeff Schultz on Falcons » Falcons’ question No. 1: Should Michael Turner be kept? (UPDATED) Latest Atlanta Falcons news » Follow @ajcfalcons | Others Senior Bowl is a ‘must-stop' for the Falcons Falcons' Koetter follows in dad’s footsteps Mike Nolan says Falcons will stay with 4-3 defense Falcons hire Mike Nolan as new defensive coordinator Schedule/Results | Standings Atlanta sports TV listings He was 26, four years past his college playing days at Idaho State. He had coached a few years in high school before going to San Francisco State to work on a three-man staff with head coach Vic Rowen and Andy Reid. “Going to San Francisco was an eye-opener,” Koetter said. He made his adjustment to the big city by burying himself in the playbooks that lined the shelves of the football office. “We had a decent office,” said Reid, who now coaches the Philadelphia Eagles. “[Rowen] had playbooks from all over the country. We were well-educated.” Determined to follow in the path of his father, Jim, an Idaho coaching legend, Koetter set off on a journey that led to him being hired last Sunday as the Falcons’ new offensive coordinator. Reid and Koetter would stay together for nine years, going on to coach together at Texas-El Paso and Missouri. “He was the coordinator, and I was the line coach,” Reid said. “We worked hand-in-hand. I’ve got a few years with Dirk, and we’re good friends.” They both recall their start with Rowen as a vital first step in the profession. “He was a great coach of coaches,” Reid said. “A lot of guys came out of there and moved on to nice college jobs and into the pros. He taught us well.” While some questioned the Falcons’ hiring of Koetter because Jacksonville’s offense ranked 32nd in the NFL in total offense last season, Reid believes the move was a stroke of genius. “I would tell you that No. 1, he’s brilliant,” Reid said. “He’s got a great offensive mind.” Koetter watched his father coach in high school and then at Idaho State. Things didn’t go well at Idaho State, and the elder Koetter was fired after posting a 23-32-1 record from 1983-87. When his dad went to coach at another local high school, Koetter’s respect for him grew even greater. “At this point in my career, I’ve seen a lot of coaches on a lot of levels, and my dad is one of the top two or three coaches that I’ve come across,” Koetter said. “He’s a better coach than I’ll ever be.” Koetter studied his father’s organizational skills, how he handled people and the offseason weightlifting program he implemented before that was in vogue. “I knew I wanted to be like him,” Koetter said. The elder Koetter is 73. He and Koetter’s mother, Barbara, still live in Pocatello. They watch Koetter’s games on satellite television. “I’m sure they’ll be signing up to get all of the Falcons games now,” Koetter said. High praise One of Koetter’s first star pupils was Merril Hoge, at Highland High in Pocatello, where Koetter was his offensive coordinator. “He was forced to run the Wing-T,” Hoge said. “He doesn’t tell anybody that. In the first offense he coordinated, his halfback threw more touchdowns than his quarterback, and that was me. He’ll never share that. He’ll keep that a secret for the rest of his days, but I love him.” Hoge went on to play for the elder Koetter at Idaho State. He played eight seasons in the NFL after being selected in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987. “Him and his dad are two of the greatest football minds that I’ve been around,” said Hoge, currently an ESPN analyst. “I throw Chuck Noll into that category along with Ron Erhardt, Tom Moore and Bill Cowher.” He credits the Koetters for his professional career. “I knew the pro game,” Hoge said. “I knew how to pass block. I knew how to run routes. ... We were doing pro-style stuff in college and high school.” After his stay at Missouri, Koetter was hired by Tom Coughlin to be Boston College’s offensive coordinator in 1994. They never worked together because Coughlin left to become the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Former Falcons coach Dan Henning succeeded Coughlin, and Koetter worked for him. Years later, when Coughlin was in Arizona to play the Cardinals and Koetter was the head coach at Arizona State, he apologized to Koetter for hiring him and then bolting for Jacksonville. After his Boston College stop, Koetter went to Oregon and later landed his first head coaching job at Boise State, where he laid the foundation for the Broncos’ present-day success with back-to-back 10-win seasons and two bowl trips. “We got that Boise State thing going,” Koetter said. “I was the head coach there for three years and had an awesome staff. When I left, Dan Hawkins took it. Dan had been on my staff. Chris Peterson and I were together at Oregon. Chris took it from Hawk.” He left Boise State for Arizona State, where his offenses continued to put up big statistics, but couldn’t topple the powers of the Pac-10, now the Pac-12. His 2-19 record against ranked opponents was cited as one of the reasons for his firing in 2006. The next year, he was hired as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator. Talent on hand One undercurrent to Koetter’s career is that he has never had top-shelf talent. “He’s got more out of nothing than I’ve ever seen,” Hoge said. While the Falcons appear set to revamp their offensive line, Koetter has never had the collection of offensive stars that he will have at his disposal with the Falcons — tight end Tony Gonzalez, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, running back Michael Turner, fullback Ovie Mughelli, right tackle Tyson Clabo and quarterback Matt Ryan. “People don’t realize that the quarterback they had in Jacksonville last year [blaine Gabbert] was horrible,” Hoge said. “It’s hard to coach somebody who’s scared.” Koetter looks forward to the challenge. “How everything fits together, that will be stuff that we’ll be working on,” Koetter said. <p class="leftFloat" id="cxLeftRail" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 20px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; float: left; width: 205px; max-width: 205px; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; clear: both; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; text-align: left; "><p class="cxFeedTease" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 20px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; ">
  9. First off let me introduce this by welcoming Dirk Koetter, and here's to having a turn around season on offense next year. I understand that many of you are very very angry about this hiring, however the man deserves the benefit of the doubt and here is why. 1.) He never had the personnel to succed in Jacksonville. First let me post a regrade from WalterFootball.com, all the forum members were asked to look back and regrade the 2009 draft, that was Gene Smith's first year in Jacksonville and his first draft. Here's what the Jags fans said about it. Round 1, Pick 8 - Eugene Monroe (OT) A decent starter who's had some strange issues no GM can predict (injuries, showing up to camp in 2011 weighing under 290). Not a failure of a pick, but we now know why he fell to #8 on draft day. Over three years, he hasn't shown much to warrent his top-10 draft status. B- Round 2, Pick 39 - Ebon Britton (OT) Has been a servicable RT, but has dealt with injury issues. Not much to say in terms of evaluation here, and his second round price tag pushes his grade down. Also the reason Guy Whimper started at RT....*shudder*. D Round 3, Pick 72 - Terrance Knighton (DT) Known around Jacksonville as "Potroast", Knighton has been Gene Smith's best draft selection. He may not get to the QB as often as other elite DT's, but Knighton is a big reason why the Jags run D has been so stout over the past 3 years. In a division with Chris Johnson and Arian Foster, one has to be able to stuff the run. If Alualu improves, the Jags could be looking at one of the better DT duo's in the league. A Round 3, Pick 73 - Derek Cox (CB) The 2009 class starts to go wrong around here. The Jags gave up a 2010 pick (I believe it was a 2nd) to get an injury prone, inconsistent CB. The secondary of the Jags, outside of Mathis, has been a joke for years. Cox has not helped, as CB remains one of the Jags most pressing needs on defense. D Round 4, Pick 107 - Mike Thomas (WR) It's depressing to think that a fouth-round slot reciever would be the best reciever on a team, but that's the case with Mike Thomas. He's a decent possesion reciever, but he took a major step back in 2011 after getting a bigger contract. With a true #1 WR, Thomas may do better, but his lazy routes and massive drop in production is a point of major concern. C Round 5, Pick 144 - Jarett Dillard (WR) All Jags recievers not named Mike Thomas would have trouble making a pratice squad, and Dillard is no exception. F Round 6, Pick 180 - Zach Miller (TE) Has not been able to stay healthy, and has been mediocre when starting. D Round 7, Pick 250 - Rashad Jennings (RB) Looking for a late-round fantasy sleeper next year? Look no further than Rashad Jennings! He was a great value in the 7th round. MJD had to handle all the work in 2011 and still gained over 1,600 yards. It'd be interesting to see what Jennings could have done, as he's shown flashes of greatness. He was one of the few players in NFL history to average over 20 yards per carry when the Jags played Oakland in 2010. Jennings has great speed on the edge, which makes him the ideal compliment to MJD's brusing style. B+ Round 7, Pick 253 - Tiquan Underwood (WR) How bad is Tiquan Underwood? He got cut before the 2011 season...from one of the WORST WR groups in NFL history. I'm shocked that the Pats keep picking him up if he wasn't good enough for the Jags. F OVERALL GRADE: C-/D 2009 was the beginning of the horror known as the Gene Smith era. Gene strikes me as the type of guy who wants everyone to think that he's the smartest guy in the room. His affinity towards drafting players from smaller schools has stalled any hopes of rebuilding this team any time soon. Gene wiffed hard on the first two draft picks, and the rest of the draft wasn't much better outside of Knighton. I say this all the time to people who defend Smith: the Jags had the most pressing needs at OT, WR, CB, and DE when he started drafting. Our needs today are RT, WR (x3), CB, and DE. That's all you need to know about how 'well' Gene has been drafting for the past 3 years. They still need a RT, and they still have no clear WR, no QB, and they could also use upgrades at LG and C. Seriously the man only had Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Jones Drew to work with, however Monroe turned it around this year. So they have 3 quality players on offense, and one of them requires a QB to throw the ball too. Koetter took MJD and transformed him into a great back, we have the same type of guy here in JacQuizz. Let's give the man a chance now that he's on a team that actually has a viable recieving threat and a good quarterback. Of course we need to fix the Oline which I presume is our #1 priority. 2.) the 2005 San Francisco 49ers ranked dead last in scoring and total yardage on offense. Anyone want to guess who their OC was? It was MIke McCarthy, and he was hired the following offseason to be the HC of the Packers, who now have one of the best offenses in the NFL. McCarthy was in a lot of the same situations Dirk Koetter was. He had no WRs to work with, He had a rookie QB with very little Oline protection, and only a RB in Gore who was getting the job done. 4 Years later the man has a Superbowl ring and is being praised as a genius. 3.) This interview basically states that Koetter is exactly what we wanted in an OC a man who can provide an explosive passing attack while supplementing with a solid running game http://xandolabs.com/2011/07/dirk-koetter-exclusive-interview/ , and he states multiple times that he wants to be aggressive and attack the middle of the field and go deep. He simply just doesn't have the personnel to do so. He does here, he has Roddy White, Julio Jones, Jacquizz Rodgers, Tony Gonzalez, and hopefully Harry Douglas (If we decide to resign him.) I'm not saying he's going to come in here and completely make us the best O in history, what I am saying is that the man deserves a fair shot before we start calling for his head. As a fanbase we should be happy with this hiring, it's change and it's a man who has stated multiple times that he wants to be aggressive and attack the opposing D. That's exactly what we wanted right?
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