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Dirk Koetter Talks Red Zone Efficiency


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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter takes his share of responsibility for the team’s ineffectiveness in the red zone.

The Falcons, with the league's seventh-best offense in terms of yardage, currently are 29th in the league in red-zone efficiency, scoring just seven touchdowns in 18 trips (38.9 percent) inside the opponent's 20-yard line. They were 1-of-6 in that area during last Sunday’s 30-23 loss to New England.

The Falcons had a 21-yard touchdown from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez in that game, showing their ability to move the ball. But once they enter the red zone, it's a different story. Koetter admitted that a play or two from Sunday night would be dropped from the red-zone arsenal moving forward.

"I put that on me more than anybody else," Koetter said. "The good news was, we were down there seven times. ... It’s just a bad thing that we’re only getting 23 points.

"Not every single thing we did in the red zone the other night was a good play call. That’s just part of it. Every team has its own nuances, its own strengths, its own weaknesses, its own personality. We've got to get to the bottom of this and we've got to figure out how we’re going to get in the end zone."

Ryan took ownership for a few bad throws in the red zone Sunday. Koetter spoke about addressing those issues with the quarterback.

"That’s one of the great things about being around a guy like Matt: Matt always takes responsibility for his actions," Koetter said. "And if he doesn’t agree with what you’re telling him, you can have a discussion about it. And you’ve got to have some kind of resolution at the end.

"Matt is really good at expressing how he saw it. You either have to say, 'OK, we won’t do those types of plays anymore,' or, 'Here’s how we’re going to try to correct that type of thing.' There’s got to be some kind of common ground to come out of any discussion. … He’s easily the best guy I’ve ever been around as far as being able to communicate and make progress on how we can get things fixed."

Koetter and the offense have a chance to take a step forward against the New York Jets on Monday night. The Jets have allowed five touchdowns in 13 red-zone drives by their opponents.

"This would be a simple thing to solve if we could say, 'Hey, it’s just one thing. Let’s fix it.' But it’s more than that," Koetter said. "It’s just not one thing consistently. It’s across the board.

"The thing about red zone, we’ve been in the red zone 18 times and scored seven touchdowns. If you just score three more touchdowns – 55 percent in the red zone is going to get you top 10 in the NFL every year. … The bottom line is, we’re not making the plays. As a coaching staff, we’ve got to give them better plays."

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I love me some Matt. That said Matt needs more touch from inside the 10. A fade needs to drop from the sky like a mortar round.Tony G would have caught the pass that Toilolo dropped , but 80 had his man posted up and didn't need a dart. Coach should put a 10 foot ladder on the three and a hula hoop in the corner of the endzone. After he learns how to throw overr the ladder and onto the hoop he should work with recievers on timing it. With Julio, Roddy, Gonzales, and Toilolo the fade should be automatic.

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What I don't understand is how everybody is just writing us off. We have a top ten offense except for one area that can be fixed. Its not like we lack a talented QB, or have Skill players. We have problems in the redzone, that has to do with execution and play calling and can be fixed. Everybody wants to mention the line but if we run misdirection plays and instead of 5 step drops get the ball out of Matty's hands that will hide our line problems until we can get healthy.

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I find it disturbing that we have to fix this 5 weeks into the season. This crap should have been taken care of before the season started. It's why they have mini camps, OTA's, training camp and preseason.

Its a hard one as pre season no team show's you what there actually going to do offensively or defensively.

I'm telling you now not enough is being made out of Roddy's injury there's 25% of the offense right there playing at half speed.

You take away a WRer for anyone like Roddy inside the 20 and I'll bet any team in the leagues red zone effectiveness takes a dip.

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I find it disturbing that we have to fix this 5 weeks into the season. This crap should have been taken care of before the season started. It's why they have mini camps, OTA's, training camp and preseason.

Bingo ! They were ignoring the problem and making excuses !! You play like how you practice.

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Sometimes when tested and tried, it’s easy to just throw your hands in the air and throw middle fingers up, but that’s the easy way out. Even when you do something right, people may harp on your deficiencies instead. It’s the common nature of humans. We discredit the positive and accentuate the negative. You won’t always be right, but you can always be accountable. Showing accountability for yourself and your actions. Recognizing that the circumstances which led to poor performance doesn’t ultimately absolve you from scrutiny. Not everyone will be able to look past minor issues especially some posters on this MB. Accountability is great and I am glad to start seeing some. You can reflect on your actions, see what worked and what didn’t, acknowledge the good and bad, and get better. Tough love is still love. Sometimes magic happens.

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