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Dan Quinn explains why Falcons offense will be balanced, potent under Dirk Koetter


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Make no mistake about it, Dan Quinn wants more explosive plays and a balanced attack on offense.

If you’ve spent any time at all listening to Quinn talk about the offense during the season or since it ended, he’s repeatedly hammered home one word in particular: balance.

Let’s start on the offensive side, adding Dirk Koetter to the group, the ability to know how to use personnel in different ways, the explosive plays through the years, the Atlanta offense here will have balance,” Quinn said. “So the ability to add explosive plays and the use of personnel through the years, I’ve certainly been impressed by that.”


Last season the Buccaneers offense ranked first in the league in passing yards per game (320.3), third in yards per game (415.5) and 12th in scoring (24.8 points per game). There’s no question the Buccaneers moved the ball through the air, but on the ground Tampa Bay was among the league’s worst running teams. The Buccaneers ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards per game (95.2).

Quinn pointed out that Koetter’s offenses have consistently moved the ball when he’s had talented runners, “going all the way back to 2015 and looking back at Doug Martin, who was ranked as one of the best runners in that time, all the way back to the Jacksonville days with Maurice Jones-Drew, even earlier than that.”


Quinn said that he and Koetter are on the same page when it comes to running the football and utilizing the Falcons’ weapons.

“It will certainly be a blend of what we have,” Quinn said. “He has familiarity with our offense, certainly familiarity with the division and that’s a big thing. The addition of him to our staff, 

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