Theismann links Schottenheimer to Falcons on 680TheFan

Brian Schottenhiemer was the offensive coordinator the past six seasons for the New York Jets. By Kathy Willens, AP

Brian Schottenhiemer was the offensive coordinator the past six seasons for the New York Jets. By Kathy Willens, AP

Could Brian Schottenheimer, formerly of the New York Jets, be the Falcons new offensive coordinator?

NFL Network’s Joe Theismann, who knows Schottenheimer from his days coaching with the Washington Redskins, linked him to the Falcons in a radio interview this morning on 680TheFan’s morning show, the Rude Awakening with Chris Rude, Sandra Golden and Perry Laurentino.

Here’s part of the interview:

“[Brian] felt like he was saddled and limited by what Mark Sanchez can do in New York,” Theisman said. “Mark is really not that good. He’s a hard-working kid. He wants to be good. But he doesn’t understand the game of football the way Matt does.

“You have to play the position with the knowledge of where you are on the field, what the score is in the game. What [you] can do. What [you] can’t do. What are the things that are required of me. Really, the only route that Mark throws effectively is the quick post. He’s going to have a whole lot more to work with, with Matt Ryan.”

They asked him to clarify his comments.

“I’ve [unaudible] Brian was going to be the offensive coordinator.”

The Falcons have stated that they would do their search privately, but we have a call into them to see if they’ll comment on Schottenheimer. (Expecting a no comment).

We have calls into the Theismann to see if he will expound on his knowledge of the Atlanta search.

Either way, I’m going to revise my working list of candidates to replace Mike Mularkey. Smith said he wants a balanced attack and doesn’t believe you can be one-dimensional.
1. Dirk Koetter
2. Brian Schottenheimer
3. Terry Robiskie
4. Hue Jackson
5. Brian Billick

*Removed: Mike Martz, the architect of the “World’s Greatest Show of Turf.” He’s chillaxing at his home in San Diego. If his phone rings, he’d answer it. Word is that he’d be interested in talking about the post.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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259 comments Add your comment

Patrick

January 12th, 2012
9:52 am

SC FALCON FAN

January 12th, 2012
9:53 am

SC FALCON FAN

January 12th, 2012
9:54 am

Joe

January 12th, 2012
9:58 am

Anyone named Dirk is 1st on my list…

Section242

January 12th, 2012
10:00 am

Hire Spagnuolo to be DC coordinator – QUICK!

kevin

January 12th, 2012
10:02 am

what About Tod Haley?

Joe

January 12th, 2012
10:02 am

Keep up on ur current events Section242

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:03 am

That will could happen only if Daddy doesn’t get the Buc’s gig —- But junior would be a good fit in the Falcons coaching staff, also a real plus in the development of MR2

Go Falcons

89viking

January 12th, 2012
10:04 am

Martz would be real damm intriguing but i think his ego would be wayyyyy to big and tear the team apart,,,,he would lose a battle with Coach Smith over power after wanting everything “his way”….

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:05 am

Cyberspace cadet XKC —- nope won’t happen!!!!

Joey

January 12th, 2012
10:05 am

“Smith said he wants a balanced attack and doesn’t believe you can be one-dimensional.”
**********************************************
So, the Saints, Packers, and Pats are just lucky?

Better open up your eyes, Coach, and realize that a dynamic, downfield passing attack makes a defense vulnerable to the run.

That, antique, run-first mentality is gonna keep that zero in your playoff record, currently 0-3.

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:06 am

MMartz you got it right he’s “A VIRUS”!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 12th, 2012
10:06 am

89viking — Maybe he would defer or just be the passing game coordinator.

Brian Billick

January 12th, 2012
10:06 am

Yes I will take the job…..please call me. I even have a ring…..

FalconFreak

January 12th, 2012
10:07 am

Yeah, the Jets looked good this year, right? lol

Weaseal

January 12th, 2012
10:07 am

Have you seen the youtube video-Angry Atlanta Fan- Says what we all think

E Harmony keeps matching me with fat chicks

January 12th, 2012
10:08 am

\”Chillaxing\”?

Really?

You\’re college educated. Please use discourse consistent with a college educated person.

Shame.

Section242

January 12th, 2012
10:08 am

Do we really think Billick will give up his job with fox for an OC position? His last football job was 9 years as HC for Ravens. It has been since 98 that he was an OC with the Vikes. Not exactly a great career move.

Crabkilla

January 12th, 2012
10:08 am

What makes Dirk Koetter so great? I read his bio. A little success at Boise, medicore at Arizona St and zilch as a Jaguar. He passed in college and they run the ball in Jacksonville. Not impressed. Somebody explain this.

Joey

January 12th, 2012
10:11 am

89viking, I don’t about all that, but no way would Martz come be the OC under Smith’s, “run, run, pass” offensive (and it truely is offensive) philosophy.

Martz did a great job with the Bears, until he lost Cutler, then his RB.

Just my opinion . . .

Brian Billick

January 12th, 2012
10:12 am

I have a ring. I can show you guys how to get one.

bama fan

January 12th, 2012
10:13 am

First two candidates have also both interviewed for Bama’s opening

truthbtold

January 12th, 2012
10:13 am

Schottenheimer would be a good choice, but Matt Ryan has about the same skill set as Mark Sanchez. Any quarterback in today’s league that cannot escape from a pass rush will be limited in their effectiveness. Plus Sanchez can run better than Matt Ryan, and he has won some playoff games (taking them to 2 AFC Championships). I don’t think the Falcons would be a step up for Schottenheimer vs what he had with the Jets – just something different. The biggest challenge would be working within a system comprised of the conservative play calling of Mike Smith.

cowboys67

January 12th, 2012
10:14 am

ok lets look at matt ryan. below avg but accurate arm he has quick physical receivers who can run and get allot of “YAC” that equals west coast off all day.

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:15 am

Good or Bad —- Dirk takes instructions well & he understands the meaning of balanced attack. He’s also very much a “team” coach!!!! That being said —- in my opinion MR2 is light years ahead of Dirk Koetter, so this guy would NOT be a fit!!!

Go Falcons

Brian Friel

January 12th, 2012
10:15 am

The Fall of the St. Louis Rams being Mike Martz’ fault is the equivalent as The Fall of Rome being the fault of lead poison.
anyone but Martz….

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

January 12th, 2012
10:18 am

A nice list DOL.

I’m beginning to think that the Birds need to get REALLY real with themselves. If you want to NOW go the promised land (SUPER BOWL), you need folks around that have been there. Has Mike Smith been as a head coach/coordinator? NO. Has Matt Ryan been? NO. Turner? NO. Lofton? NO. Jones? NO. White? NO. Babs? NO.

Bring in two coordinators that have that kind of experience:

1. Spagnuolo
2. Brian Billick/Mike Martz

The Birds need a reality check on both sides of the ball. Is Matt Ryan a franchise QB? Can running the offense through Turner get you to the SUPER BOWL? Is Lofton a 3rd down MLB? Does #23 need to be replaced? Is DeCoud fast enough to play FS in the NFL? Does P. Jerry need to be cut? How do we maximize our talent to create matchup problems? Also:

How in the world might we run a damn screen play on offense????????

Falcons need urgency, accountability, honesty. Smitty says the right things. Great. Bring in some folks that know what they are talking about through big game experience. See the Steelers for a model.

FBD

Najeh Davenpoop

January 12th, 2012
10:19 am

” Matt Ryan has about the same skill set as Mark Sanchez.”

Physically, maybe, but Ryan reads defenses a lot better than Sanchez. For that matter, Redman probably reads defenses better than Sanchez. Ryan, for all his faults, is an above average player at his position. Sanchez is well below average.

That said, Jets fans feel exactly the same about Schottenheimer as Falcons fans feel about Mularkey.

ken herock

January 12th, 2012
10:19 am

Pat Yasinkas, the NFC South blogger on ESPN.xcom, thinks the Falcons will take the easy route and promote QB coach Bob Bratkowski to OC. Yasinkas endorsed it but I wouldn’t be a big fan of that move..

ken herock

January 12th, 2012
10:20 am

Yasinkas was on Ckuck and Chernoff on 680 yesterday afternoon.

ibelieve

January 12th, 2012
10:20 am

Enter your comments here

abby normal

January 12th, 2012
10:21 am

Dirk Koetter? No way. He was just OK at Arizona State and a big nothing at Jacksonville. Shottenheimer has to be a better choice.

Rusty Scrufart

January 12th, 2012
10:21 am

I vote for Batman

ibelieve

January 12th, 2012
10:21 am

Chillaxing is defines as the ultimate form of relaxation and chill. Urban dictionary.

PMC

January 12th, 2012
10:24 am

Of all the people that would know information, I would trust Joe Theismann the least.

Michael

January 12th, 2012
10:24 am

What about Tom Clements from Green Bay? Credited with the development of Aaron Rogers and Matt Flynn! Has been an NFL coach for 19 years, so maybe it’s his time to shine with a good offensive team that has some talent to work with instead of when he was an OC for Kansas City and Buffalo (I think it was with Buffalo).

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:26 am

10:19 Excellent point

Veedub

January 12th, 2012
10:27 am

D Led!!!! Chillaxing, I like it!!!! Mike Martz would definitely be intriguing to get Matt Ryan to settle down in the pocket, receivers running more crisp routes and putting the ball in windows that rely on timing. He also utilized quick slants to adjust to blitzes. Hope they at least interview him!!!

Mr. Phil

January 12th, 2012
10:28 am

I was expecting a realistic list. Any list with Brian Billick on it is worthless on its face. Why the heck would he sign on as OC? Why would Smith put himself in position to be looking over his shoulder at a potential replacement? Come on. Billick has a ring as a HC. Smith [as much as I want to stick with him] doesn’t. The minute the Falcons lose a tough game to ANYBODY I would be calling on Billick as a replacement. Good grief. DOL let’s try to be serious here and not get the masses foaming. In-law or no in-law. Billick ain’t coming here [or anywhere I can think of] to be an OC. Believe that.

True Falcon Fan

January 12th, 2012
10:28 am

10:19 Both of U

However JSS would not agree on the second one though!!!

ibelieve

January 12th, 2012
10:32 am

Go and get Pete Carmichael Jr. OC and Chief asst. to the headcoach. Same title for BB if he would come out of the booth.

Michael

January 12th, 2012
10:34 am

Mike Martz hates Tight Ends…..check his history! We have a Hall of Fame TE with Gonzalez, so guess who trumps! Brian Billick is the brother-in-law to Mike Smith, so for more than one reason this would not happen. Personally, I like Mike Nolan has DC, with Coach Spagnnuolo as the second choice

Reggie

January 12th, 2012
10:35 am

If Brian felt sad about how limited Sanchez was…wait till he sees Matt Ryan try to throw the ball over 15 yards….that dude will be on suicide watch

Falconitis

January 12th, 2012
10:36 am

Tom Clements is a winner!

DP

January 12th, 2012
10:36 am

Crabkilla, Jacksonville was pretty good offensively under Koetter with a mediocre NFL QB (David Garrard), as high as 7th in the NFL in yardage in his first year. But this year they cut Garrard and stuck Koetter with rookie Blaine Gabbert. Reports are that Nick Saban is interviewing Koetter for the OC job at Alabama so the Falcons are the only ones who think highly of him. Brian Schottenheimer is also reported to be a candidate for the Alabama job.

Coordinators have to operate under constraints. They don’t choose the personnel, they might have to operate in a dysfunctional environment (Rex Ryan, Jacksonville ownership), they work for head coaches who might dictate who plays and/or offensive philosophy, etc.

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
10:37 am

Anyone in favor of this is out of their mind.

YOU REALLY WANT TO EMULATE THE JETS OFFENSE?

Theismann is stuck in the 1980s. This team has too many weapons to still be trying to run the ball 40 times a game. THIS IS NOT THE ANSWER.

NYJ did not win those playoff games because of their offense, they won because of their defense! Jets fans wanted him OUT. If Blank and TD hire this clown, you can kiss most fans support GOODBYE and get ready for Ryan to end up like Sanchez.

JD

January 12th, 2012
10:40 am

Mr. Phil – Billick needs a little image rehab if he really wants to be an HC again. He needs to show that after 5 years off field, he still has the org and coaching skills to relate to today’s players and get them to perform. His last 2 yrs in Baltimore undercut that a little. His fastest track to a HC job would be to come in too an established team and show he has what it takes to put them over the hump- Falcons are a great fit for that.

Billick and Mike Nolan fulfill the new blood requirement – and probably line up well with Smitty’s coaching philosophy. Ravens under Billick, Dolphins defense this year – conservative, effective stout units – generally speaking.

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
10:41 am

And oh yeah, Mike Martz? FOH. That dude gets all of his QBs killed because he doesn’t believe in pass protection. Ryan will be on injured reserve by Week 6.

Why do people have this emfatuation with big names? Do some damn research on their recent success/failures before you get all hot and bothered over coordinators ust because they were in bigger markets.

Bird is the Word

January 12th, 2012
10:44 am

I think I would hire either New Orleans or Green Bay’s OC and Baltimore’s DC and then Mike Smith and TD could screw up all they wanted to and I think we could over come their mistakes. 5 DRAFT CHOICES?

D'ville Phil

January 12th, 2012
10:45 am

D-Led, your list is garbage – here’s a list:

1) Todd Haley (former KC HC, former Arizona OC for SB Runner-Up)
2) Tom Clements (GB QB coach)
3) Pete Carmichael (Saints OC)

Notice a theme? these are coaches on teams that know how to effectively pass the ball. Our offenses greatest assets are Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White – we need an offensive coach that can run an effective passing system. Mularkey was a failure in this regard.

ROD

January 12th, 2012
10:46 am

NO, NO, NO,this will be a huge mistake. Don’t everyone see what happen to the JETS. NO, NO, NO

Knowledge

January 12th, 2012
10:46 am

Hey DLed, why haven’t i heard Tom Clements name come up in the coaching search

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
10:47 am

Hue Jackson had the Raiders in the Top 5 in offense in his first year. Plenty of success, balanced attack yet aggressive.

Jackson + Spagnuolo = Super Bowl. That’s your ticket, Artie.

JeromeMJ

January 12th, 2012
10:52 am

Now who will replace Smith?

Triple Lindy

January 12th, 2012
10:55 am

Mark Sanchise is a coach killer.

Treeofwoe

January 12th, 2012
10:56 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Don’t forget Brad Childress is still out there as well. I’d take Brad in a heartbeat over Schottenheimer, Bratkowski, or Hue Jackson.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 12th, 2012
10:56 am

Knowledge - Coach Clements loves Green Bay. He’s been approached several times, but stays there. He’s awesome.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 12th, 2012
10:59 am

D’ville Phil — Your list is plastic bag garbage!! I’m not just throwing names out there. Haley’s a jerk. Clements won’t leave Green Bay and Carmichael is not make a lateral move. They are not necessarly looking for for a pass the ball guy. Smitty is a Pound and Ground coach. I know the fans want a pass guy, put from the early indications, Smitty is going to do it his way.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:00 am

If you guys saw the Press conference I saw there is no way in hell the falcons are going to promote anybody from within. Author made it quite clear we need a different perspective on the OC and DC to help us move forward. Basically he was saying mike smith this happened on your watch with you being 4 years into you program. You are responsible and we are going to bring two new people that can help you save your a$$. If they help you you live to see another year if they don’t then you & thomas are in deep doo doo,

Freddy Falcon

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
11:00 am

Yeahsure, no one should want a guy like Hue Jackson who ALWAYS has his offenses ranked near the top of the league. SMH Stop listening to ESPN.

JD

January 12th, 2012
11:01 am

During the rest of the interview Joe Theismann mentioned that Brian Schottenheimer had probably gotten as far as he could with Mark Sanchez. He said that while Sanchez is a good quarterback the only thing that he does well is throw the quick post route. The Jets couldn’t run the ball, for whatever their reasons, and Theismann also questioned (as well as Jerry Ellinger, who is a rabid Jets fan and part-time host for 680s shows) why you would put Sanchez in situations where he had to throw the ball and be accurate when his accuracy is suspect. So Schottenheimer to Atlanta would actually be a decent move. I like the thought of Brian Billick, a guy with a proven track record. I think he’s a great x’s and o’s guy and I love hearing him call a game. But you’ve gotta think that a guy like him, and his relationship with Mike Smith (they’re in-laws) could play favorably for him, too.

The Falconator

January 12th, 2012
11:03 am

Who the Falcons hire for OC makes little difference until Dimitroff gets a clue as to how to go about assembling an O-line that doesn’t consistently get shoved back into Ryan’s face, can open a tiny hole on 4th and 1 and can give the QB more than the blink of an eye to to scan the situation and, regardless of distance, throw any kind of downfield ball.

jonk facons fan

January 12th, 2012
11:04 am

Shottheimer is good fit for Falcons yeah.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:04 am

I vote for Hue first and Bellilck second. Dled have you heard about some guy from UCLA can’t remember his name shouldn’t he be on the list??

FF

Truth Teller

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

How the hell can you be a pound and ground guy with no runningbacks? YOU HAVE JULIO JONES RODDY WHITE AND TONY GONZALEZ! Oh by the way, your QB made the Pro Bowl last year! Your RB is 30 years old and FINISHED.

Why stick with something that hasn’t netted you ANY playoff wins?! Your ground game gets exposed EVERY big game. PASSING team are the ones raising the trophies, step into the 21st century. What a joke. If this bunch pulls this crap, KISS THE FAN SUPPORT GOODBYE and say hell to missing the playoffs next season.

Hugo

January 12th, 2012
11:05 am

My vote is for Hue Jackson , period.

Falcon Freddy

January 12th, 2012
11:07 am

Rick Neuheise or Norm Chow how about either of them???

FF

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:08 am

D Led,
I like your list. I actually think he could be good down here with Ryan. No one can work with Sanchez. He’s garbage as a pro QB. Ryan is light years away from him.LOL I think working for a blowhard like Rex Ryan didnt help either.

BigTimeTECHFan

January 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Hire Jerry Glanville

Astro Joe

January 12th, 2012
11:09 am

What about the current QB coach (Bradkowski)? Didn’t he haqve a fairly balanced attack when the Bengals featured a healthy Carson Palmer, Cedric Benson, Chad Johnson and TJ Housch…?

And please, get rid of Tim Lewis (secondary coach). I’m tired of hearing the phrase “blown coverage” during every Falcons broadcast.

Brian Billick

January 12th, 2012
11:12 am

Yes I will give up my office job. I want to coach if someone calls me….

Big Crimson 75

January 12th, 2012
11:13 am

Todd Haley is the top choice. He may be too much of a “wildcard” for Smitty, but at this point in the maturation of Coach Smith, he has no choice. Billick will not come back to be his bro-in-laws OC. Schottenheimer & Dirk reak of Mularky.
Spags is without a doubt the first choice for defense. Why hasnt this been done already is the question.

Big Crimson 75

January 12th, 2012
11:14 am

Sleeper OC — Jeff Jagazinski — Matty Ice’s Coach at BC

Brian Friel

January 12th, 2012
11:14 am

The Falcons need to sign this guy in free agency: Carl Nicks, Guard from New Orleans

Al Davis

January 12th, 2012
11:16 am

Just win baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marion Campbell

January 12th, 2012
11:18 am

third times a charm!!!!!!!!!!!!

andy

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

what about Bobo? he is an outstanding off coord! really knows how to make an off dynamic and unpredictable. mixes in both the run and pass so seamlessly it is like art work! When you add in his play calling in the red zone…holly cow!!!

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:19 am

other than guys that have relationships to the current regime, none of us really know much of anything.

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:20 am

Norm Chow just took the head coaching job in Hawaii.

Noneya

January 12th, 2012
11:23 am

RiffRaff

January 12th, 2012
11:26 am

I’d like to see Brian Billick. Smart guy. Knows what he’s talking about. Seems he could make use of what personel the Falcons currently have on offense.

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SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:30 am

@andy Forget it. No one is bringing or even THINKING of bringing in a guy like Mike Bobo.lol Smith knows he’s under a scope so he’s gonna make sure he brings in someone who can help him keep his job.lol Bobo isnt even that great for UGA, let alone the Falcons.lol

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:41 am

A year ago Jaquars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was a head coach candidate . He drew interest from the St Louis Rams to be their offensive coordinator, but the Jaguars kept him from interviewing.The NFL requires teams to allow assistants to interview for head coaching jobs, but not others. Report has surfaced Saturday that Koetter is a candidate to be Jet’s coordinator if Schottenheimer leaves the team.
Times Union Jacksonville….

Dan Henning

January 12th, 2012
11:43 am

I’m available. Anyone interested in running the H-back formation?

andy

January 12th, 2012
11:44 am

@SirReal got to get him out of ga somehow so I figure he needs to be talked up for every job opening worldwide.

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

@Andy LOL LOL LOL I know you guys want him outta there pretty badly and justifiably so.

kcfalcon

January 12th, 2012
11:48 am

This is a very important hire. Both coordinators positions are. Very critical in the development of this football team going forward.

That said, I’ve thought all along that MS will bring in an OC that fits his “conservative” style. Schottenheimer would be that. So would Childress.

I believe that new plays need to be developed, and that is just as important as play calling. The Falcons plays on the field are way too predictable and stale. Look at the Saints pass routes and recall how much space those guys seem to have when they catch the ball. Falcons need new plays to stretch the field.

Schottenheimer would fit with Ryan well, but I do agree with the assessment that Jets fans were as worn down with Brian (more of a product of Sanchez’ play) as Falcons fans were with MM. Maybe both just need a change of location.

bdav kennesaw

January 12th, 2012
11:49 am

DOL- what’s your opinion on a guy like Raheem Morris? What are our chances of landing him? My opinion he is a great motivator and can develop young guys into quality players. That mixed with a great mind like Mike Smith could lead to a very dangerous defense. He has a knack for developing a secondary. You mix that with our linebackers, then the back 7 start looking very intimidating. Thoughts?

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:49 am

DOL..Ernest Byner is also a damn good coach..wish Falcons would add him to their staff. check in our Big D.
I agree 100% with your list.

fred

January 12th, 2012
11:50 am

damn..check him out..getting old.

Dawg A

January 12th, 2012
11:53 am

Brian S. would be the same as we just had here! Go for someone like Hue Jackson that can open things up a little for the offense. And Coach Smith needs to realize that what we have been doing has and will only work to a certain level. If he remains stubborn and refuses to use the talent he has to open up the offense then he will be the next ex head coach looking for a new job!

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:53 am

@bdav Morris just went to the Skins….

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 12th, 2012
11:54 am

I think Mularkey, when interviewed by Jacksonsville, gave them the same story. “I was limited by my quarterback”. Let’s get a OC that is not limited by anything. Billlick won with Dilfer, he can win with anything.

truthbtold

January 12th, 2012
11:56 am

@ najeh davenpoop – There is one important difference between Sanchez and Ryan that you overlooked. Matt Ryan has not won a playoff game. Sanchez has won 4 playoff games by taking his team to the conference championship twice. They have the same expectations with the same experience level, but one has taken his team further.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 12th, 2012
11:58 am

fred, you are a day or two behind. Shott is gone from NY Jets and been replaced already by Tony S.

PMC

January 12th, 2012
11:58 am

Ok, if he wants to be ground and pound, then they are going to have to invest a lot more in the back end of the defense.

Ground and pound and ball control teams are NOT suited to come from behind, at all. Maybe this year will finally reveal to Smitty that they need to open it up to score more points.

Fan

January 12th, 2012
11:59 am

truthbtold…. You are crazy …. Matt Ryan has been teaching and training his self in the NFL. How can you think he can get anything done without a OC or a OL. Look at the tape and review the games MAN it was Ryan that we won what we did. Mike Smith was threw under the bus and the players by MM & BVG. Be real and Stop blaming Ryan for trying too focus a sinking ship on Offense. Ryan did all he could with that RAG TAG OC in Ga so when the playoff came he just needed help from the OC & DC. COMMMM ON MAN

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
11:59 am

@truthbtold Come on now. In all fairness, Sanchez had a MUCH better D (a la Joe Flacco) and wasnt asked to do nearly as much as Ryan. Im not the biggest Ryan fan but he is DEFINITELY a MUCH better qb than Sanchez who is GARBAGE at the pro level. Ours is approacing top ten….Sanchez is approaching bottom ten.

jerseyfalcon

January 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Brian Billick would be a good fit…for any other team, simply because Brian and Mike Smith are brother -in-laws…that might be a bit too close to home for both of them. As far as the guy from Jax ( i cant even recall his anme w/ out scrolling up) I’ve never heard of him and since the Jags were TERRIBLE on offense why is he even on the list? I can’t even go into the Shotty theory here because since i live 10 mins from the Jets he’s not a good coach..just has the shadow of his father.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

This list of prospective offensive coordinators looks just like the University of Alabama’s.

Sid

January 12th, 2012
12:04 pm

Can Brian Schottenheimer be objective, cold hearted, and unemotional enough for the Atlanta Falcons to hire him………? I think not.

Fan since '66

January 12th, 2012
12:04 pm

The greatest show on turf was a thing of beauty, as is watching the Saints and Packers when they are rolling. Still, I like being able to run the ball. I have no problem with the Falcons being a running team that can throw the ball, better for clock management. However I want us to be a scoring threat from anyplace on the field. For me, that means a RB that can take it the distance. If Turner is thunder, who’s lightning? Quizz reminds me of Dave Meggett. Don’t know how he gets 1300 yards but our offensive front looked bad against the Giants, did not look like a power running team.

s

January 12th, 2012
12:05 pm

just glad we got new ones coming in. good grief the offense play calling was awful this year.

Josey Wells

January 12th, 2012
12:06 pm

Let’s get Phil Jackson out of retirement and run the Triangle Offense………LoL

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:06 pm

One of the things that make the Saints so tough to defend is that they do run the football. They have an extremely underrated running game. Honestly though, we may have only one offensive lineman who could start for New Orleans.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

I’m a big Michael Turner fan and I believe he can still be very effective, but you have to be concerned about his increasing size. He seams to get larger each season.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:12 pm

PMC

January 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

Really, honestly, after a year like that, I think we need to temper our expectatons of this team. They are ways off from a playoff win, they haven’t really even competed well in the playoffs since early 2009. There are a lot of flaws that may take more than a year to get fixed not to mention the competition is getting better.

old man

January 12th, 2012
12:15 pm

I wonder if Schottenheimer is taking heat along with Sanchez in NY. Did he ask Theismann to talk up a place for him to land on his feet?

I take Ryan all day over Sanchez. They are about equal throwing the long ball. I agree Ryan seems to float everything over 20-25 yards in the air. Less than that, I think his arm weakness is overstated. Short and intermediate he seems to have some zip and accuracy, over 25 not so much.

Two factors that are still important are footwork and release. Ryan is slow, but his drop back footwork is very smooth. And he has a very quick release.

Physical on the keeper? No. Laser beam throws over 25 yards. No. Better than Sanchez? Hell yeah. Ryan was #8 on QB rating this year, right below Eli and right above Alex Smith. With about one half second longer on each pass attempt, he could be in the top five in the league. Not like Brees or Rogers, but in his own way.

Draft and sign O-Line.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:19 pm

I agree with you old man.

Jay Dubu

January 12th, 2012
12:19 pm

No go on Brian Schottenheimer. The Jets’ offense has been horrible for the past 4 years. The Falcons don’t need to bring in someone that has already failed on the job.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:21 pm

I also agree with you Jay Dubu.

joe kill

January 12th, 2012
12:24 pm

matt ryan is a better qb than sanchez all day long sanchez is a bum. But I just want the falcons to find a good oc who will utlize julio and roddy well julio and roddy are not really possesion recievers and mularkey treated them like they were please dont hire mike martez he is a nut sure.
Mr. Blank will do whatever it takes to win and I love that
GO Falcons!

old man

January 12th, 2012
12:24 pm

2011 Ryan QB rating #8 in the NFL
2010 Ryan QB rating #11 in the NFL
2009 Ryan QB rating #20 in the NFL

Still has the playoff issue, but I think we need to ride this pony some more.

Code Blue: draft and sign O-Line.

Mr. Panic Button

January 12th, 2012
12:27 pm

Oh I know TD and Smitty has bumped their heads. This guy is the new version of Mularkey. Why do you think the Jets let him walk? Same old conservative offensive game. The ball will not be thrown down field a lot. Ask Plaxico and Santonio.

just sayin'

January 12th, 2012
12:27 pm

@old man…u think half a second would make melt’s downfield javelin tosses more accurate?..he has no ZIP on a ball thrown more than 15yds past the line of scrimmage…he can’t hit a receiver in stride…even juliet has to wait on the check down passes…melt will not get any better on his long passes no matter who is his QB/OC coach…

JSS

January 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

Schottenheimer and Bratkowski should be blackballed out of the NFL… No, the Bengals offense was not balanced. Players never knew which portions of the game plan were going to be from week-to-week and it drove players crazy (some literally like Chad Johnson Ochocinco)! Schottenheimer does not handle offensive rhythm well. And it is not just Sanchez (he’s going to take more rewiring to save his career), he did more to mess with Drew Brees’ passing and route reads than anything in San Diego. That is why I always scream at folks who try to compare Ryan and Bree’s first 4 years in the League… There is the Schottenheimer equation, and the answer is stay away!

Jay Dubu

January 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

“Smitty’s way” amounted to 2 points against the Giants, and the defense scored those.

Time for ole Smitty to make some adjustments to “his way”.

Dennis

January 12th, 2012
12:35 pm

119th. But I’ve been first many times before and didn’t see it as a big deal. Still don’t.

Repeating Mistakes

January 12th, 2012
12:37 pm

Check out Bleacher Report on Mike Martz:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1018348-why-getting-rid-of-mike-martz-was-great-move-by-chicago-bears
I love this line:”At the bye week of the 2010 season, the Bears seemingly had to threaten bodily harm to their offensive coordinator to get him to enhance the protection scheme and run the football. But it took a record number of sacks that almost got QB Jay Cutler killed to get Martz to change, and even then he did so grudgingly.”
Hw doesn’t sound like a good fit for Matt Ryan’s health

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:37 pm

If Matt Ryan has no ZIP on any ball more than 15 yards then I’m sure the Falcons will cut him immediately. After he’s cut, no team in the NFL will give him a 2nd chance and he’ll end up having to do something else with his life. No NFL caliber QB can make it in the league with an arm that weak. You are greatly overexaggerating.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

How did Matt Ryan overthrow Julio Jones in the 1st quarter of the Texan’s game if he has a noodle arm? Did he punt the ball over Julio’s head.

Nique

January 12th, 2012
12:39 pm

Why is Todd Haley not on your list? Things have hit a snag between him & K.C. as well as him & Ari. He was talking to another team two days ago, I’d like to see him at least be in the mix as well. But I’d be ok with Brian Schottenheimer, especially if he brings the O-Line coach over with him from the Jets!!!

vesaversa

January 12th, 2012
12:40 pm

“Mark is really not that good. He’s a hard-working kid. He wants to be good. But he doesn’t understand the game of football the way Matt does.”

Mat Ryan doesn’t understand how to read a defense he dons’t understand how to feel the pressure and when to move up in the pocket when team blists him .But i will give Mat a break his front O-line didn’t do a great job at protecting him this year .I am looking forward to next season.

Humbug

January 12th, 2012
12:42 pm

The only reason Matt Ryan is viewed as weak on long passes is that the OL does not allow him time to find the receivers downfield. He has the arm and just needs the OL to give him time to look downfield.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:43 pm

You can go ahead and take Terry Robiskie’s name off that list. No way that’s happening.

just sayin'

January 12th, 2012
12:44 pm

@sho….i’m not the only one saying he has a noodle arm…i’ve not seen any RAC stats, but….anyone who watches his games can see he not accurate past his ‘check down’ range…constantly MISSES his long, stretch the field passes..the receiver almost never hits his long receivers in stride.most of his sideline passes are caught by the ball boys…not saying he’s not smart…just not a QB that can propel a team to the NEXT level…

daroosta

January 12th, 2012
12:45 pm

Mularkey all over again if so.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:45 pm

Paul Boudreau is a fantastic offensive line coach. He has done very well with very little talent. The Falcon’s offensive line plays extremely hard and they are gritty, but they aren’t very talented. That becomes apparent in certain situations like “QB sneak” and obvious passing situations.

Shonuff

January 12th, 2012
12:50 pm

All I’m saying is that if his arm is as bad as your making it out to be, how much longer do you think he can be a QB in this league before they cut him? Can Chris Redman or John Parker Wilson push him for the starting job? Do you think we have the resources to trade for a strong armed QB like Tebow. (sarcasm)

SawThat1nce

January 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

@12:40…….How is Ryan suppose to move up in the pocket, when the pocket is collapsing in front of him?

June Jones

January 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

It’s Jerry Glanvile’s fault. I can fix it because people like me. I’m a likable guy…..

JSS

January 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

Shonuff
January 12th, 2012
12:39 pm
“How did Matt Ryan overthrow Julio Jones in the 1st quarter of the Texan’s game if he has a noodle arm?”

Because like a water hose that is suddenly turned on, you have no idea where the water is going to go if you let go… Past 15 yards and on deep outs, that is what you’re getting with Ryan (a crap shoot).

SawThat1nce

January 12th, 2012
12:57 pm

Whoever they get as OC, the GM needs to build a stronger OLine.

ATL Now

January 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

with schottenheimer, the Falcons O will explode in 2012! Look for a division title and deep playoff run! The Falcons are back!!!

miked

January 12th, 2012
1:05 pm

If they hire Brian Schottenheimer they should have just kept MM. I hope that Falcons aren’t that dumb.

old man

January 12th, 2012
1:10 pm

@JSS

Actually, the deep out is not a bad throw for Ryan. Remember the pass his rookie year to Jenkins in the Chicago game? That was a 26 yard frozen rope that would have hit a freakin’ bread box. (Look it up–26 yards exactly, with zero YAC.) If there is any pattern it is that he is more comfortable throwing to receivers running east-west routes, as opposed to north-south. You just seldom see someone running a crossing pattern more than 30 yards downfield.

old man

January 12th, 2012
1:18 pm

And, Ryan is very good at hitting people in stride running east to west. Less so north to south.

Whopper Dawg

January 12th, 2012
1:20 pm

Ledbetter, apart from Billick, your list makes you want to throw up. For that reason, I have no doubt that TD and Smith will select someone from your list apart from Billick.

Michael M.

January 12th, 2012
1:20 pm

Can anyone fix the Falcons ? Come on mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Jarrett

January 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

Brian Billick is Mike Smith’s brother-in-law isn’t he? He has the job if he wants it probably.

Dirty Bird Nation

January 12th, 2012
1:22 pm

The worst O-Line in any FOOTBALL, The Atlanta Falcons. All falcon linemen should be release immediately, Center, Both Guards and both Tackles. I saw McClure(center) let the giants guard run right by him and Body Slammed Ryan last saturday. The Falcons haven’t had a descent OL in a long time. Sam Baker was a reach(First Rounder) and will never be be a useable lineman in the NFL. The current starting LB group is suspect also. There is no one who stand out in this group. Look at free agency to fill the voids on both sides of the ball.Look at how the Saints OL and DL play, enough said.

Sid

January 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

Falcons finished the regular season 17th in Rushing, Michael Turner finished the regular season 7th in individual rushing. That’s just hard to compute as many times as I saw Turner brought down for less than a cloud of dust.

Opie

January 12th, 2012
1:23 pm

DOL, you have to be kidding me. This ___ hole just got fired in New York for having one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Why in the hell would the Falcons hire the loser? He is a notch below Mularkey who is also lousy. Nepotism rule in the NFL. Hid dad who has never won a big game in his life and Mike Smith are Kindred Spirits. Two regular season warriors who can never win anything of consequence. Only in the NFL can you be rewarded for being mediocre in your job responsibilities. Where the hell is the accountability in this league? I wish us ordinary citizens had it this easy!!!

As a 40+ year Falcon Fan I am convinced once ATL finish 6-10 next year, Arthur will wake up a fire this dunce cap pretending to be a head coach. Dirk Kotter was dirt in Jacksonville last year, he was fired by Jack Vanessa Delrio because his offenses stink.

How much proof do you delusional bloggers need to realize Mularkey and Van Gorder were not the issues to our conservatism. It starts and ends with Mike Smith, the idiot who passes on drafting talent each year for choir boys with no talent. or heart. Season ticket holders, you better withhold your funds because TV looks to be the better option. Dimitroff and Smith will not seach for the better qualified OC/DC, they want yes men who buys into the Marty Ball two yards and a cloud of dust theory and bend but don’t break zone defenses!!

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
1:35 pm

@dirty bird nation I agree with you about the O-line but NOT AT ALL about the LBs. DBs mayeb but not LB. They were and are the strength of the D. Last time I checked Lofton was well respected around the league, was in the top 5-10 tacklers too. Let’s not forget Weatherspoon. Thats our rising leader on D.

In other news: NFL.com just reported that Billick is also on the list. I’d take him over Schotty. WHen I see how he breaks down game film fo the Birds in the Coaches Show, I think he’d know what to do with Ryan and this offense. I think he’d be a nice fit here. Also, we’re looking at Mel Tucker on D.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 12th, 2012
1:37 pm

” There is one important difference between Sanchez and Ryan that you overlooked. Matt Ryan has not won a playoff game. Sanchez has won 4 playoff games by taking his team to the conference championship twice. They have the same expectations with the same experience level, but one has taken his team further.”

Sanchez won playoff games the same way Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl. Playoff wins are important, but they are only useful when comparing and contrasting similarly skilled players. I am one of the more consistent Ryan critics who posts here but it is plainly obvious if you watch both that Ryan is a significantly better player than Sanchez.

To be honest there is not much difference between Sanchez and Tarvaris Jackson, except Sanchez is slower and gets overhyped because he plays in New York. Ryan doesn’t stare down receivers and get baffled by coverages the way Sanchez does.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 12th, 2012
1:38 pm

Regarding Billick I find it hard to believe he would leave his broadcasting job for anything less than a head coaching job. From his point of view taking a coordinator position makes little sense, even if it is for his brother in law.

Sid

January 12th, 2012
1:39 pm

Jarrett

January 12th, 2012
1:21 pm
Brian Billick is Mike Smith’s brother-in-law isn’t he? He has the job if he wants it probably.
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That’s the biggest reason not to hire him…………. But, Billick did hire Smith at Baltimore…………..

I wonder how Arthur feels about nepotism. I think they will pull the trigger quickly.

Falcon Red

January 12th, 2012
1:40 pm

I received an email from the Falcons earlier this week to renew my season tickets. (Right after that embarrasing loss, no less!) Yeah…I don’t see that happenin’!

Michael M.

January 12th, 2012
1:44 pm

Life long Falcons fan here………………that’s what they usually do, fire who they have and then get too hasty and wind up much worse off than before, once in awhile they do well with someone for a couple of years and then its back to the drawing board…………just speaking the truth here !

ole richie

January 12th, 2012
1:46 pm

regardless of who we get to fill the coordinator positions, there will always be someone to complain.

Michael M.

January 12th, 2012
1:50 pm

yep always going to be the complainers

Know it All!!!

January 12th, 2012
1:50 pm

Doesn’t Mike Smith have a ring from his time with the Ravens?

PantherCJ

January 12th, 2012
1:54 pm

Wow really? Matt is below average?! You guys are crazy. Matt Ryan will be elite in this league with correct coaching and limitations lifted on him. Coaches place limits on him. With the correct coach he will excel!

Know it All!!!

January 12th, 2012
1:54 pm

Look it up people Mike Smith got a ring with Ravens in 2000, he coached linebackers for his brother-in-law Brian Billick

Eric C.

January 12th, 2012
1:54 pm

Opie — “How much proof do you delusional bloggers need to realize Mularkey and Van Gorder were not the issues to our conservatism.”

I wonder about this as well…no way to know for sure, but Mike Smith is incredibly structured and disciplined coach…to a fault it seems.

Recall the 2008 game at NO with the Falcons down 29-24,

under 4 minutes left and a 4th down on their 30-something yd line, they opted to punt and never got the ball back…not to much surprise.

If they had gone for it and not made it…the defense still has to hold them and the worst they would give up is a long FG attempt to possibly make it an 8 pt game. Otherwise, NO would either score a TD or run out the clock…which is no worse than what happened.

That call was the first of several that led me to question Smith’s conservative play-calling.

What is maddening is that he is taking more risks on 4th down…but in the wrong situations and with the wrong plays called.

waynester

January 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

Billick has a sweet deal already. He’s was still being paid by the Ravens due to an awesome (for him) contract extension BAL gave him just before he was dumped in 2007. The contract was through 2010, so this may no longer be the case, but all this time, he’s been able to “double dip” so to speak, making $$ from the network and keeping his profile high, just in case he wanted to go back to the sidelines. His name continues to pop up every season, even now, he’s being connected with lots of teams searching for HCs…

Michael M.

January 12th, 2012
1:59 pm

Jarrett

January 12th, 2012
2:02 pm

Regardless of what Coordinators are brought in, I stand by Mike Smith 100%. It took me a few days to shrug off that pathetic performance but I am ready for an even better 2012 season. Usually I look forward to the Draft but I don’t think I will pay much attention to that this year (Everybody knows why).

ws

January 12th, 2012
2:03 pm

I don’t see where he would be better than what left for Jags!

JTH

January 12th, 2012
2:04 pm

One scapegoat for another? NO thank you.

Falconitis

January 12th, 2012
2:05 pm

Still love that fact that Falcons have turned into winners and I think it is great that we expect more. We all should and should the Members of the Falcons.

Jeff Jagazinski as someone suggested is well worth a look. He got a bad deal when he left BC and seems to have paid the price for quite a while. He is an offensive mind and could bring the Falcons offensive up to date and maybe bring a surprise element as well.

Matt Ryan highly overrated

January 12th, 2012
2:10 pm

Schottenheimer what has he done? nothing as to winning. just another good lo boy with friends looking for the cash!!! Is he a winner I don,t see it!!

abby normal

January 12th, 2012
2:12 pm

If the Falcons do not fix the offensive line, it won’t make much difference who the OC is. Ryan is lucky he did not get injured this past season.

DC Dirty Bird

January 12th, 2012
2:13 pm

Not a fan of Schottenheimer. I would love to see Brad Childress or Hue Jackson. Chilly would bring a WC offense that Ryan could flourish in. Jackson’s brand of offense may be the mix of run and pass that Smith can live with that includes a better vertical passing game than we’ve seen from Mularkey.

Burnt Weenie Sandwich

January 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

It doesn\’t matter who the Falcons hire. A year from now, most of you will be bitching about how dumb they are and how much smarter you are. It\’s like that with EVERY coordinator they hire.

None of you know more than those in the sport. Yeah, they make mistakes, but compared to some of the dumb ideas I see here, it\’s far better.

Now get out of your parents basement. Fantasy season is over. Time to find a girl friend…..Even an inflatable is a step up for most of you.

Matt Ryan highly overrated

January 12th, 2012
2:15 pm

PantherCJ

January 12th, 2012
1:54 pm
Wow really? Matt is below average?! You guys are crazy. Matt Ryan will be elite in this league with correct coaching and limitations lifted on him. Coaches place limits on him. With the correct coach he will excel!

Link Report this comment Now that you must not can see ! play off any win? NO that is the only standard You may like him but the only thing you have to show is fool gold. TWO point you are clue less!! Not how you feel but just the facts! loserin the playoffs ,the real game!!

Mack

January 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

How many times have OC and DC been replaced on a team without replacing the HC? I don’t like the fact that Smithy seems to be getting a pass. Clock management and situational calls have been suspect sense day one. I would like to see a Mckay type transition for Smith. Hire OC/DC coordinators with strong personalities i.e. ex-head coaches. Then Smith could focus on the HC job and we could evaluate him on his preformance as such. If he is not guy then we can promote a in-house guy to take his place.
With all the recent wussy rule changes I think it’s time to adapt. IMO 3-4 is the new “best” scheme. If the Falcons were to change to a 3-4 the time is now. The running game will always be important but the league seems to want to be “pass happy”. I also think with the current rules there is no real reason to keep a return specialist. This could easiliy be covered by a decent back up RB if the rules stay as is.
I would love to have a “west coast” offensive scheme and an aggressive ball hawking defense. This type defense will give up a few big plays but we did that with the soft zones we played this year.
Lack of emotion and focus seemed to kill us this year. Makes me wonder if we are losing intensity by trying to hard to get “character” guys. I know this is a balancing act just thought we looked flat in way too many games this year.

I think the Smith era has won 2 out of every 3 games that ain’t bad. Do you Think King Arthur was talking about Smith when he said he didn’t want to throw out the baby(smith) with the bathwater (MM/BVG)?

Jarrett

January 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

Anybody who says Matt Ryan is below average is an idiot. They are just mad that he hasn’t won in the postseason. Well guess what, I am mad about that too but I don’t think he’s a bad QB. He had almost 4200 yards and 29 TD’s. I thank those are d&%m good numbers. Go put that in your pipe and smoke it.

pigskin punk

January 12th, 2012
2:19 pm

@Opie loved the reference to Vanessa Delrio. I’d like Hue Jackson to come back. Good playcaller.

Great Falconi

January 12th, 2012
2:26 pm

I watched the presser yesterday, DOL. I heard what was said. This team is absolutely NOT going to be a power running game-oriented team next season. The shift began this season. (Dimitroff and Smith both talked about how the team’s offensive philosophy was changing.) For whatever reason, Mike Mularkey couldn’t handle it. The next OC will be someone who is more inclined to have Ryan spread the ball around and use all of his running backs more often. That’s where this team is headed and such a philosophy provides the Falcons with their best chance for success.

Ichabod

January 12th, 2012
2:31 pm

There seems to be a disconnect here. If Smitty is a Pound & Ground guy, how did our OL become weaker every year. Since the success of an offense is the OL, why did they not address this first with the drafts and FAs? Are we looking for an OC that is equally good at managing the run as he is the pass? Couldn’t be many out there that are equally good at both, and I assume that we are not going to emphasize the run over the pass in this league.

Hurt Kurbstreit

January 12th, 2012
2:32 pm

How about Dirk Dingler?

D'ville Phil

January 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

Yeah, D-Led…..you said my list was “plastic-bag garbage” – at least my list addresses the Falcons problems. If Mike Smith insists on getting an Offensive Coordinator that will effectively be “Mularkey 2.0″ which is what Brian Schottenheimer and Dirk Koetter will be – then it will be THE END of Mike Smith. Honestly, what is the point of bringing in another coordinator that has all the same deficiencies of Mike Mularkey? Mike Smith needs to come into the 21st century of passing offenses – or he will be out of a job before 2013 rolls around. Its not often that a coach that loses his OC and DC in the same season – and survives himself – gets a 2nd chance – and that is what Mike Smith is getting. All of the Falcons assets reside in the passing game – to not take this opportunity to make your most important player – Matt Ryan – better, that would be foolish……You are also being foolish D-Led.

I couldn't help but to post this time!!!

January 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

IF THE FALCONS CONSIDER ANY OF THE ABOVE WITH MAYBE THE EXCEPTION OF BRIAN BILLICK THEY DESERVE TO BE PLAYING FOR THE 1ST PICK OF THE 2013 NFL DRAFT. (YES, I’M TALKING LOUD AND I STARTED TO CHANGE MY FONT TO RED)

Dennis Green-Former NFL HC
Brian Billick- Former NFL HC and OC
Mike Martz- Former NFL OC and HC
Mark Leach- NCAA Head Coach Tulane
Gus Malzone- NCAA Head Coach Arkansas State
David Shaw- NCAA Stanford

Tommy

January 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

I have heard that Alabama was talking to him,but I would think the Falcons pockets are deeper?

JSS

January 12th, 2012
2:41 pm

And Ichabod finally asks the magic question… Because your GM thinks that he is Belichick Jr. and can pull an O-line out his behind via technique and scheme. It ain’t working…

JSS

January 12th, 2012
2:49 pm

Why would any OC worth a dime tie themselves to a coach who put him self on the hot seat like Smith has? These guys are looking for stability as much you can have in the NFL environment. The Hue Jackson’s and Schottenheimer’s of the world have been in the bad side. Jackson has nice little severance package for his dismissal, there are better ways to go…

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
2:56 pm

WILL PEOPLE STOP WITH THE MIKE MARTZ REQUESTS!! THAT OFFENSE HAS NOT WORKED SINCE THAT GREAT TEAM. HOW WAS IT IN DETRIOT? WHAT ABOUT SAN FRAN? ASK CHICAGO HOW THEY REALLY FELT ABOUT IT. YALL ARE KILLIN ME. HE IS NOT A GOOD FIT AND WITH OUR LINE HIS OFFENSE WOULD BE DISASTROUS!!!

kirkfish

January 12th, 2012
2:57 pm

Mike Bobo, …….please.

Ken Strickland

January 12th, 2012
2:58 pm

Smitty said he wanted the OFF to be more balanced and not so one dimensional. I’m not so certain he actually knows what he’s saying. The Packers, Saints and Patriots have been pretty successful without utilizing a balanced OFF. Having a rushing OFF that’s primarily focused on running up the middle, and seldom to the outside, refusing to effectively utilize screens, swings, and your RBs as receiving options, and refusing to do this for 5 seasons, is about as one dimensional as you can get.

Utilizing a zone DEF almost exclusively, and playing the same zone in the same way in every situation, is also extremely one dimensional. He also needs to grasp that his OFF and DEF will continue to be inconsistent and under productive, in relation to it’s overall talent, as long as he continues to let everyone know what he’s doing, or intends to do, and when. He has to stop being stuck on stupid.

Based on ABlanks total disappointment over another playoff embarrassment, and what he said recently about expecting to win a Superbowl, this will likely be Smitty’s last yr as HC if this team doesn’t make an impact in next yrs playoffs. I’m hoping he’s finally gotten it through his thick head that he has to relinquish total control to his OC and DC, and allow them to elevate the OFF and DEF into the 21st century.

I certainly hope Smitty is retained as our HC after next season, because it would mean the Falcons had another successful regular season, as well as a very successful playoffs. Go Smitty, go Falcons!!!!!!!!!

Jimmy Crack

January 12th, 2012
3:01 pm

2 bit ajc blog can’t even upload a couple of sentences without having a heart attack…

Brian

January 12th, 2012
3:02 pm

The Oriental Lickmiester from the Far East would be a good fit as the OC. He has a proven track record of pleasing and loves to score.

Kurt

January 12th, 2012
3:15 pm

The Choice should be Todd Haley.

Ed

January 12th, 2012
3:20 pm

Brian Schottenheimer and Matt Ryan would be a terrific match.

Falconidiot

January 12th, 2012
3:22 pm

Have the Jets ever had any offense?

M10

January 12th, 2012
3:23 pm

Getting B.Schottenhiemer would be like hiring M.Marlarky all over again,he’s not the answer.M Smith wants to be a ground and pound team but the league is becoming a more passing league and the sucessful teams are more explosive that helps having a very good to an elite Qb something the Falcons dont have.Ryan in my opinion is avg but the offense only goes as far as the Qb takes them.There should’nt be any reason why this offense should’nt be more sucessful with the weapons they have on offense,they dont have the best O-line in the league but they werent the worst eithier.Ryan is the problem!

bob dylan

January 12th, 2012
3:23 pm

Joe Theismann is a effing imbecile. Anything he says, the Falcons should do the opposite. I wish he would stop being an analyst and break his stupid leg again.

Noneya

January 12th, 2012
3:25 pm

I don’t think he is much different than Mularkey. I like Todd Haley. We should at least bring him to talk.

Listen to the Falcons Season Wrap Up Here…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cpstylin/2012/01/12/falcons-season-wrap-up

jarvis

January 12th, 2012
3:33 pm

What’s Dennis Green up to?

Blue

January 12th, 2012
3:52 pm

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Early Cuyler

January 12th, 2012
3:53 pm

At least one of the Ryan haters slipped up and let the cat out of the bag.
“Matt Ryan highly overrated” showed his true racist nature calling Shottenheimer ‘just another god ol boy’. That’s the problem with haters–they’re hateful to the bone. If Ryan had dark skin, he’d be their hero. With his numbers, he’d be one of the “elite”–instead they hate on him because he’s a white guy.

Coach

January 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

Am I the only one that finds it funny that we would be getting rid of mularky and getting b.s.?

GA-USMC

January 12th, 2012
4:03 pm

I actually wouldn’t be surprised if they did hire Billick, all he talks about is how Coach Smith is his Brother-in-law

[...] This is what has me all hot and bothered: “[Brian] felt like he was saddled and limited by what Mark Sanchez can do in New York.” “Mark is really not that good. He’s a hard-working kid. He wants to be good. But he doesn’t understand the game of football the way Matt does. [...]

Laughing Out Loud

January 12th, 2012
4:11 pm

Don’t you just love all these so called fans who threaten “if the Falcons do this or that, they can kiss all the fan support goodby? Don’t you just laugh at the jerks who say, “I’ll never buy a ticket again,” “cancel my season tickets” etc….shows just juvenile some fans are. But, don’t stop…I need a great belly laugh at your asine comments each day! LOL! x 50

indeed

January 12th, 2012
4:17 pm

“Who the Falcons hire for OC makes little difference until Dimitroff gets a clue as to how to go about assembling an O-line that doesn’t consistently get shoved back into Ryan’s face, can open a tiny hole on 4th and 1 and can give the QB more than the blink of an eye to to scan the situation and, regardless of distance, throw any kind of downfield ball.”

/\ this!

that said, i agree with truth teller – Jackson at OC and Spagnuolo at DC is a winning combination!!

Laughing Out Loud

January 12th, 2012
4:18 pm

Stupid, Ryan is not the problem. The offenseive line was the problem…They can neither contain defensive pass rushing nor open holes for the running backs. It’s that simple. Falcons pass rushers could not put pressure on their oppoosing offensive lines. It’s that simple…STUPID! I’m getting tired of laughing!

Laughing Out Loud

January 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

Pardon the spellling error: offensive line was the problem.

Laughing Out Loud

January 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

Opps missed another one opposing.

Isn't this your territory D-Led?

January 12th, 2012
4:35 pm

Does Theissman have some scoop over a Falcons beat reporter?

Isn't this your territory D-Led?

January 12th, 2012
4:38 pm

Is Marty Schott. coming with him?

lombardi

January 12th, 2012
4:43 pm

Adam S at ESPN just reported that Shotty’s interviewing w/ Milllarkey for OC post

Blue

January 12th, 2012
4:43 pm

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Roger

January 12th, 2012
4:47 pm

Before anyone gets excited about Schottenheimer, read the last couple of days sports sections of the New York Post. He was run out of town, the Jets remained silent until the Jacksonville job was filled but when MM got that job, he “resigned”.

Brian is not the answer!

angry acworth man

January 12th, 2012
4:49 pm

Forget Schottenheimer!!
OC-Billick
DC-Del Rio

That way we already have Mike Smith’s replacement when he screws up again!!

gg

January 12th, 2012
4:58 pm

why does mike smith always look like he is on the verge of crying???

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

January 12th, 2012
5:05 pm

Mike Smith needs to spend a lot of time with his investment person because he will a great plan come December of 2012.

Opie

January 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

Laughing out loud, not every one is stupid because they don’t share your affection for Matt Ryan. Reality Check, the offensive line did not fumble and throw away the Arizona playoff game in 2008, Ryan did!! Fact, the offensive line did not throw away the Green Bay playoff game last year with two studip telegraphed interceptions, Ryan did!!

Hall of Famer John Madden considered ATL offensive line the second best unit last season. Ryan does not get a free pass!! Everyone makes excuses for this player. I’ll take Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco’s palyoff wins and advancements over ATL meaningless regular season success over sub 500 teams. How many games has Ryan won vs 500 or above teams in his career? Look it up!! The truth hurts. Parcels chose a left tackle over Ryan for a reason in 2008. He read the scouting report on Ryan, weak arm, inaccurate throwing motion and turnover machine. Has reached his full potentnial. Is Ryan a good quaterback? Yes, but he has limitations that our fans must accept, he is too thin, he need to develop his upper body and throwing strength. He needs a West Coast Offense to utilize his best assets which are quick release and decision making. Hell, Joe Montana had a weak arm but the WCO scheme fit his abilities.

Regular season wins are not the standard true champions are measured by. This is a results oriented business. Do not tell me Smith is great based on our past history and his regular season record. Dan Reeves Superbowl appearance, Jim Moron NFC Chamionship Game are better, how is that possible? Their teams advanced in the playoffs bottom line.

Jim Irsay fired Bill Polian, a man who took Buffalo Bills to 4 straigh superbowls, Carolina Panthers to a NFC Championship game, Colts to 2 Superbowls and 8 straight 10 win seasons. Many people think Irsay is crazy, he is a genius, Polian did not plan for Peyton Manning injury and the team was awful, he is the vice Chairman and he did not perform his job responsibilities and he was fired!! Just like the rest of us Americans who underperform and are accountgable for our actions!! We live in a results society. I don’t accept excuses for Mike Smith, who basically threww Mularkey and Van Gorder under the bus or Matt Ryan.

During the loss Sunday he was seen o video isolated from the team like a coward! Is that what a LEADER does when things are not going according to plan? I would not want a CAPTAIN like him representing my organiztion. He lacks fire and leadership aggressiveness! He should slap the hell out of Roddy White everytime he drops a pass. Do you think Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Drew Brees, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana,Brett Favre accept this type of crap from a receiver?

Matt Ryan biggest problem is that he did not earn his position on the team. He was given the job because of his draft status #3 pick and salary 72 million. He is fragile, he has no competition on the roster to challenge him or light a fire under his ass!! Chris Redman and the Bum from Alabama, get a clue, neither one of those chumps deserve to be on an NFL Roster. Dimitroff and Mike Smith set it up that way and are doing the fans a disservice by not providing true competition at every position on this team, including quarterback!!!

gg

January 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

i am a proponent of the ground game but for goodness sake, use some imagination. The Falcons have two running plays one is a run up the middle and the other one is that stupid stretch play that will never yield gains with a slow power runner like Turner. I mean, try some draws with a quicker back and a spread out formation or something. No imagination whatsoever with this staff.

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
5:27 pm

@Early Cuyler Ummmm…I dont think Ryan’s lack of melanin has to do with it. There are plenty european Qbs who are just plain better. Niether of you know Schottenhiemer. He may be and he may not but thats niether here nor there. When will folks realize “race” was a set up to divide people while those is power devour natural resources and control the minds of the collective. ANYway. Back to football….Ryan IS highly overrated. Why? B/c he was crowned way too soon before he did anything. NOT bc of his skin. Is Brady, both Mannings, Rodgers, or Brees overrated. NOPE. Why? Because they have what it takes to get it done on a CONSISTENT basis. Hopefully with a real O-Line our QB, yes OUR QB (whether we like it or not Ryan is here to stay) can achieve such a status

Opie Taylor

January 12th, 2012
5:37 pm

Sir Real, well stated. He is our quarterback, and I wish him well because I was a Falcon during all of the lousy years, Van Brocklin, Marion Campbell (twice), Pat Peppler, Dan Henning, just to name a few…I want him to step up a lead this team without all out the coach speak BS and get in his team mates face and demand perfection!!!

SirReal

January 12th, 2012
5:49 pm

@opie Thanks my friend. I agree. Just time for him to be that leader instead of being so timid. He is the leader of the offense and hopefully they tell him this offseason he needs to get more aggressive with his teammates and work habits.All the film study is great but he needs to balance it with the weight room. He’s kinda like Smitty. Seems like they wanna try to please everyone but you just cant. Thats life. He’ll be in his 5th year next season. We’ll know what we have by then.

AfterTheFall

January 12th, 2012
5:57 pm

slomo

January 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

mike bobo for oc glanvile for dc.

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:18 pm

OPIE THANKSSS!!!!

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:19 pm

Will these idiotic Bulldog fans stop pressing for Bobo….what the hell has he done…give it up please

Foul-can

January 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

Matt Ryan is not Manning!!! stop comparing…. i am sorry….. Manning always had an arm…

Whopper Dawg

January 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

Ryan has plenty of arm. His problem is accuracy. Pretty bad, and it is all throws. Look at the better QBs and the difference is alarming. If his receivers cover a lot of sin for Ryan.

Couple that with a bad OLine, not a good combination.

The Ds have his Peyton imitation figured out too. They fake a certain D, Ryan checks, and then they get out into another D. Fake a blitz, Ryan audibles, get out of the blitz. Ryan has wrong play called. Pretty funny to watch.

Tell it like it is

January 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

It doesn’t matter whom the Falcons hire as coordinators (offense or defense) they are going to get out of here in a hurry cause they are gonna be blamed for all the falcons faults. The falcons have drafted poorly examples: (Kerry Meier, Peria Jerry) made poor aquisitions like Dunta Robinson. Ray Edwards and many more. The falcons never hold the players accountable, others teams CUT YOU when the performance levels aren’t up to par. The falcons just pay you week after week!! Remember Ryan only had 11 completions of more than 20yds in the air, maybe Mularkey has the same sentiment about Matt Ryan as Schottenheimer has about Sanchez, (same skill set), weak arm, actually Sanchez may be a little more agile/mobile. If Schottenheimer does get the job he will be saying the same things in a few years after he leaves, only difference: the Dud will be named Ryan instead of Sanchez!!

Great Falconi

January 12th, 2012
6:32 pm

Whopper Dawg,

Look at how pedestrian Mularkey’s playbook was. Ryan put together a very strong season in spite of it. I’m a Dawg fan. Bobo does the same kind of garbage in Athens. Murray had a damn good year for us, but I think both teams are too damn predictable and, as a result, are beaten by better and trickier teams.

Columbus

January 12th, 2012
6:33 pm

If ATL does not fix the trenches, it wont make a big difference who coaches unless they are good coaching without good blocking and good pass rushing. Saints and GB coordinators(LOL)like they are going to leave to come to Atlanta or anywhere else in the same position!. Position coaches maybe but not coordinators. Haley is interesting. I do not know but I expect a good hire. Jackson might not be long before he is a head coach you know? But back to the lines, better get them fixed immediately or get a running QB and a blitz master DC.

taudawg

January 12th, 2012
6:35 pm

Go for Sprags. That would be a good DC hire.

Durt E Byrd

January 12th, 2012
6:35 pm

Let’s face it, Smith is going to have to go before our Offense can be opened up. The real irony of Smith’s statement is that his ideal offense IS one dimensional: 3 yards and a cloud of dust with the rare pass.

New England has had much success with attacking what the defense is weak on not just lining up and saying “stop my running game – I dare ya”.

If Smith is unable to let someone who knows what they’re doing handle the offense, great; otherwise the bozo will have to go.

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waynester

January 12th, 2012
6:48 pm

opie
Madden correctly ranked us #2 last year–LAST YEAR. Despite the major step back THIS year on the OL unit, Ryan still had a franchise-record setting year, winding up ranked # 8 in the league. He “earned” his place on the team by his performance on the field at the collegiate level thus “earning” his high draft position. Turnover machine? Dalton, Stafford, Rothlisberger, Brees, Manning–all threw more picks than Ryan. The reason Smitty still has a job has nothing to do with the franchise’s past, but on his own 4 year performance, which includes winning HCOY awards TWICE. I could easily make the same argument that the OL (and in particular the now-beloved Harvey Dahl) cost us the AZ game, getting blown up, causing a fumble for a TD that was much more damaging at the point in the game where it occurred. I hope it’s true that( as you and SirReal opined), race has nothing to do with much of the vehemence directed toward this young man, but it appears to matter more than anything to some of our “fans”….

angry mangy mutt

January 12th, 2012
7:22 pm

Instead of us blaming a coach or player, how about more finger pointing towards TD? Drafting too many injury prone players, wasting picks for one such player ( yea I know he was HOPING for AJ which further proves the point), and questionable job at best in working FA. Too many players on both sides of the ball that do not fit what the coaching staff seems to want to do. Offense is suppose to be hard-nosed…instead he is going for explosive. Defense needs more speed to cover ground quickly, he chooses to go after a more physical and more of a plodding player rather than a play maker. I like Lofton, but a great zone based D has an explosive man in the middle – Brooks, Urlacher. We need a Vilma or a Von Miller in there. Why not reach a bit for a potential shutdown cb or a nasty de…nope, we will instead trade away a ton of picks for one guy who is an athletic freak, but who in college dropped too many balls and was often injured. (Un)Fortunately, as a Falcon fan I have learned not to get my expectations up too high. Four consecutive winning seasons, three trips to players in those seasons, sadly I know it could be worse.

Dennis

January 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

“Schottenheimer, 38, was under fire for a floundering offense that ranked 25th overall”

Not such a ringing endorsement.

fan

January 12th, 2012
7:25 pm

Falcons might be going to get OC and DC from same family. Son for OC and Dad,( Marty) for defense.I don’t know if offense would be better.But the defense would be improved.

Falcon fan

January 12th, 2012
7:31 pm

Bobo can even cut college football. He needs to be fired at UGA. He is bad.

AfterTheFall

January 12th, 2012
7:42 pm

I have a newfound respect for Arthur Blank after watching the presser yesterday. I like the way he interjected TD’s remark regarding “sacred cows” with “sacrificial cows”. If my reading between the lines are halfway correct, then Arthur’s statement would seem to suggest that no one is exempt from being axed, including Matt Ryan. Matt Ryan IMHO would be the sacred cow and the sacrificial cow. Now I also know that after that was said, hmm, I’m thinking, does he mean Mike Smith, as well? Does anyone think that Mike and Ryan are on a short leach? I would dare to say, yea. IMHO, the future offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator will be here after the current coach stays or leaves. IMHO, the pressure is on TD, not so much- Mike Smith-he is who he is. I wonder how much influence Rich Mckay has with regard to the hiring of the OC and DC. The candidates will probably be interviewed by the two of them-Rich Mckay and TD, having the final say.

cmc

January 12th, 2012
7:54 pm

i think Brian Billick’s experience and knowledge of how to create a winner would be a great combination…we certainly need a OC who knows how to handle Ryan and use our weapons…but we need that intangible of a winner Billick would bring ….just a thought..Spagnola great choice for the defense and if the Eagles are courting him that means we need to yank him up ….if Schottelheimer has not fixed Sanchez yet why bring him to Atlanta to fix Ryan probably wont happen..dont necessarily agree with Theismann that Sanchez dont know the game as Ryan does….but at this point anyone we hire will be better than the previous occupant of this job.

jbnimble

January 12th, 2012
7:59 pm

Get the Spagster. & please no more QB sneaks without an OL. How can you be stopped for less than a couple of feet? So disappointing. Roddy, wet those gloves. Julio will be phenomenal next year.

Dairy Bonds

January 12th, 2012
8:01 pm

Matt Ryan needs to stop being a girly man every time the pocket breaks down.

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
8:26 pm

Just on nfl that Chris Redman was draft selected #75 and Tom Brady was selected #199. Think TD could make an even trade with Patriots? Heck, throw in JPW too. :)

techduck

January 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

Why doesn”t anyone speak of harry douglas (83) he”s the one we need more then roddy white.Though we need white also.But all i hear is rod here rod there from all the fans.Mr douglas is a much more harder worker than most players are on any NFL team.

Jock IS Smelley, I

January 12th, 2012
9:11 pm

what is this, a GD IQ test??? I don’t give a crap if Matty Ice is cerebral or not…..he wont get us to the promised land…..

Great Falconi

January 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

AdamSchefter Adam Schefter
Jacksonville plans to hire former Falcons QB coach Bob Bratkowski as its offensive coordinator, reuniting him with HC Mike Mularkey.

Just saw that on Twitter. Looks like we’ll be going outside of the organization for that OC hire.

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:13 pm

da best candiate was josh who is bc with the patriots in my opinion

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:20 pm

@ techduck u r so right about douglas he really could be explosive in the right hands of a OC i would hate to see another team get him

real football fan

January 12th, 2012
9:27 pm

think we need Hue Jckson and Mike Singletery

More of the same

January 12th, 2012
9:35 pm

shottenheimer = mularkey, part 2

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:38 pm

i think hue would be go too

gucci706

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

good that is

Blank's Brain

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

Chris Scelfo is the man for the job

brazilia120

January 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

Have to think the Bobo talk is so much chain-yanking. He’s terrible at UGA, he’d be terrible in Atlanta. How about June Jones for OC?

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
10:00 pm

We are a playoff caliber team. We ain’t broke, just need some tweaking. Brian Billick OC. Jack or Singletary or Rahim DC. Line upgrades and strength upgrades. Ryan personal trainer to get arm strength for long pass upgrades and muscle weight gain. Turner loose 20 lbs. New audible plays instead of “Chevy” or “Mercedes” which all the other Ds know what’s coming. Case of Stickem to put on Roddy and Julio hands. Somebody else to kick off farther than line drive 10 yd line. Weems to run up and catch the ball on short punts instead of letting it bounce. That’s about it other than subpar play from DeCoud, Owens and Edwards are killing us from stopping 3rd down conversions.

Hobbler

January 12th, 2012
10:17 pm

Shottenheimer = Mularky = Bobo = 2 runs up the middle, 1 short pass and punt = lose the big games

Luke

January 12th, 2012
10:18 pm

I actually thought Bob Bratkowski would have been an upgrade over MM…. That said… I would hope that Atlanta goes after Brian Billick, Hue Jackson or Mike Sherman…I might be able to live with Mike Martz, but he does not use a TE and we have T. Gonzalez for another year..

However I fear we will end up with a reject like Todd Haley, Brian Schottenheimer, Greg Knapp, or Tom Cable…

M10

January 12th, 2012
11:08 pm

Opie
I could’nt agree with you more.Laghing Out Loud is the only stupid one on here. Not everyone have a crush on M.Ryan like he does.

89viking

January 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

D.O.L…what about Musgrave coming back? i know the vikes didnt have a great year but that wasnt the OC’s fault,,,,,he had a great connection with Ryan and all the players seemed to have alot of respect for him and his knowledge,,,lets face it,,,,he would have more job securtiy with the falcons than in minnesota bc if they dont do something this coming year,,,well,,,that coach will be getting the boot also. although Ryan threw for more yardage than ever,,,Ryan just didnt seem like he was comfortable back in the pocket and didnt seem to have the confidence he had before when Musky was the qb coach,,,whatcha think?

Greg M

January 12th, 2012
11:54 pm

Herm Edwards would be a nice hire.

Saints R.E.A.M.

January 13th, 2012
12:47 am

Oh I can’t wait until the “fans” long for the Mularkey days.

Falcons are scraping the bottom of the barrel for OC’s. Keeping Bob Bratkowski would have kept some continuity…..I heard on the radio that Mularkey will be taking coaches with him from the Falcons. Why would they want to leave to go to Jacksonville, I wondered???? Why would they go with a loser like Mularkey?? Uh, the writing is on the wall….Atlanta is not the place to be. Enjoy Schotty.

Mularkey, probably won’t say it….but I’m sure he was held back by Ryan’s lack of game & Smitty’s goofy decision making.

Saints R.E.A.M.

January 13th, 2012
12:57 am

Ryan is not a playmaker…..look at those lame QB sneaks. You Fans are funny. Now you should see that running Turner on 4th and 1 was a good call….but the decision to go for it against the Saints was LUNACY. The Goofy Mike Smith Decision was the problem – NOT THE PLAYCALL!!

QB sneaks, are not sure things if your QB is not a playmaker. TEAMS don’t practice QB sneaks! Not in pre-season camp, not during the weeks preparation….NEVER. Teams won’t risk losing their QB for the year because he hurt a hand or something during QB sneak practice. So when you see Drew Brees jump over the top..etc. It’s because the coaches know he’s a playmaker and can make it happen.

So the proper playcall from the Falcons….use a running back.

But Smitty told Pam Oliver at the half he would “Go For It” every 4th and short. What a bozo, to make a statement like that?

Falcons fans play favorites: Ryan & Smitty…….but they are catching on and will RISE UP and call for your head eventually!

Bzaust

January 13th, 2012
4:22 am

Billick is Smith’s brother-in-law that’s why he would be considered

gtg185x

January 13th, 2012
6:23 am

I think we should hire Tom Clements. Green Bay QB coach for Favre and Rodgers? We should give him a chance to run the whole offense.

just sayin'

January 13th, 2012
7:05 am

someone mentioned billick and how OFTEN he mentions coach clean shot is his bro-in-law….i have NEVER heard him say that on any game/commentary telecast…he praises atl and CCS but NEVER mentions his relationship…such a phoney….

packerswin

January 14th, 2012
12:16 pm

I think they should hire me as DC or OC . I don’t know a heck of a lot about football but I could do as good a job as your coaching staff did this year. Good luck in 2012.