Q&A: New OC Dirk Koetter shares his philosophy

Dirk Koetter (Associated Press)

Dirk Koetter (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – New Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter participated in a conference call with the local media today.

He met with quarterback Matt Ryan for about an hour during the interview process.

Koetter said he has more film study to do on the Falcons, but stated that he’s a proponent of the vertical passing game, running the football and that he’s been ordered to improve the team’s screen passing attack.

Here’s what he had to say:

Q: What are your thoughts on being named the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons?

A: (Laughs!) Obviously, I’m thrilled to be named. It’s a chance for me to work inside a great organization with a tremendous coaching staff led by coach [Mike] Smith and a team that’s got a great group of players. Who wouldn’t be excited about that.

Q: Will you bring your offense? Or will you be keeping what’s here? And, where does the no-huddle fit in your operation?

Well, I think probably a combination. I don’t know if anybody owns any offenses out there. There is a lot of good offense out there. I think it would be a combination of things that I have done in the past and things that Atlanta has done well in the past. I think it would be foolish to not build on some of the things that Atlanta is already doing very well and take advantage of those coaches that are going to remain on the staff and what they’ve done. Definitely, watching from afar, Atlanta played well in the no-huddle. Talking to Matt Ryan, that is something that Matt is excited about so the no-huddle will certainly be a part of it. What percentage is still to be determined.

Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez is upended by Saints defenders after catching a pass. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez is upended by Saints defenders after catching a pass. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

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Q: Have you gone back and looked at that film of the Jacksonville game?

A: That is one of the few films that I have seen because with the coaching change, I haven’t been able to get to all of my film the last few days. I’m anxious to watch all of the games. That will be one of my first orders of business when I get there. I did watch that game. Obviously, the Falcons played tremendous that night when we played them. They were on fire that night. I’m anxious to watch all 16 of them.

Q: What can you share about your conversions with Matt Ryan?

A: I’m looking forward to working with Matt. I had studied Matt when he came out of Boston College four years ago. I loved him at the time. Since we practiced against Atlanta the last two years, I got to see him in those settings as well. I had met him a couple of times before. I’d always been impressed. I had a chance to sit down with him the other day for about an hour or so. You can tell that Matt is a guy who really understands offensive football. He’s got a great passion for not only playing, but winning. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Matt as well as some of the excellent players that they have on that offensive group.

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011.      Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

110812 Atlanta - Smoke and fire surround Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Julio Jones as he enters the stadium to take on the Miami Dolphins at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, August 12, 2011. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Q: Have you studied some of the other offensive personnel, other than the big wideouts and Tony [Gonzalez]? Players like Kerry Meier, Harry Douglas and Jacquizz Rodgers and how they might fit into the operation?

A: I’ve been locked out of my film. I haven’t had a chance to look at them. Julio for example, I studied him coming out for the draft a year ago. Guys that I studied for the draft, I have watched their college tape. . . . what some of those guys have done statistically, speaks for itself. Roddy [White], Tony Gonzalez, Michael Turner with back-to-back 1,300 yards, everybody can read the stats and know that those guys have excellent skill players there. How everything fits together, that will be stuff that we’ll be working on once I get up there.

Q: Folks want a playoff win badly. What would you say to this fan-base about what you hope to do given that you all have not been extremely successful on offense in Jacksonville?

A: Sure, yeah. Well, the Falcons have done very well over the last four years. You’ve got to make it to the playoffs first. They’ve done a good job of that. I’ve got to come in there and just do the best job that I can in trying to help everybody be the best that they can be. That’s all any coach can do. The fact that I’ve

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010.    Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

got experience working [with] Mike Smith and I have tremendous respect for him as a leader and as a coach as well as the other members of that coaching staff and what they’ve already done . . . there is pressure everywhere. Nobody puts more pressure on me than I put on myself. All I can say is that I’ll be extremely dedicated to the task at hand and I’ll understand the task at hand.

Q: Are you still convinced that running the football is that big a part of professional football?

A: Running the football is definitely a part of professional football. That’s never going to go away. I’m a big believer in the vertical passing game. Every where I’ve been we’ve had an element of the vertical game. Your offense is always going to be dictated to some extent by your personnel. Every team in the NFL knows that you have to be able to run it even when they know you’re going to run it. You have to be able to throw it even when they know you’re going to throw it. Running the football, there’s definitely still a place for that in the NFL. You ask any defensive coach and one of the hardest things to defend is balance. Balance is difficult to defend. When you have got the weapons that Atlanta has in the skill positions, both in the pass game and the run game, I think you’d be foolish not to take advantage of everything that has to offer. But there are various ways to get guys the ball. You have to get playmakers the ball with a chance to make plays. There are different ways to do that. Obviously, the no-huddle, the screen-game, the play-action game, but there is definitely a time and place to run the football. In my five years in Jacksonville that was the strength of this team. When I first came here we had two tremendous backs in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. It continued after Fred left with Maurice. Obviously, they have a similar situation there in the running game with Michael Turner.

Q: What is your timetable for being on site here?

A: Soon. Those details are being worked out today. I expect to be in Atlanta sometime later this week. The details of that are still being finalized as we speak. I’m anxious to get there and get started.

Q: With Green Bay and New Orleans losing, the two flashiest offenses in the NFL are out of the playoffs. What are you observations just watching this scenario over the last couple of days?

A: That’s why you play the games. Everybody wants to say it’s a passing league. Defense doesn’t matte

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) rushes in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. AP

Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner (33) rushes in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. AP

r. Running the ball doesn’t matter. But then look at what happened this weekend. The 49ers played a tremendous game and they are more of running and defensive team. They knocked out New Orleans, who was as hot as anybody. Then you know, Green Bay, arguably the best passing offense on the planet, gets beat at home by a hot Giants team. You guys know all too well how hot the Giants are. Again, that’s why we play the games. There are so many big things that go into winning and losing; the chemistry of the team, being hot at the right time, injuries, who’s healthy and who’s not. There are so many things that go into it. Today, here we are [and] we’re talking about little specifics of are we going to be a vertical passing team, are we going to be no-huddle team; in today’s NFL you have to be able to do everything well. It’s such a matchup game and it’s such a situational game, you’ve got to be able win some games in shootouts. You have to be able to win some games when there is bad weather and you’ve got to grind it out and run the ball. There are going to be some bad weather games not in Atlanta, but on the road. There are just so many possibilities and I think this weekend, this playoff scenario, just made that obvious to everyone.

Q: The Falcons struggled with the blocking while trying to throw the vertical passes early last season and the screen game didn’t work arguably because of the blocking. How do you coach that up or try to add that to the attack here.”

A: Some of these questions, I’ll be more prepared to answer after I’ve studied the tape a little bit more. I’m a big believer in the screen game and I don’t know anything about the issues [with pass protection.] But I’m a big believer in the screen game. Coach Smith has mentioned to me that he would like us to be a better screen team and that’s definitely a part of what we’ll try to do there. As far as the pass protection,

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin before their NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin before their NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP

until I take a look at the tape and study that a little bit more, I’m just not able to say at this point in time.

Q: Who were your coaching influences?

A: Definitely, if you look around, there are a lot of guys that are the sons of coaches and I’m one of those guys. My father was a high school and a college coach. I grew up a football junky. I wanted to be a coach because I wanted to be like my Dad. Then after getting on the move and moving around the country as a college coach I had the good fortune of working for Vic Rowen at San Francisco State and it was a three man staff. Vic Rowen, myself and Andy Reid. Andy and I coach together at three different schools – San Francisco State, UTEP and Missouri. I’ve been around Andy. I went to Boston College. I was hired by Tom Coughlin and then retained by Dan Henning. I learned a lot of football from Dan Henning. Dan had won two Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator under coach [Joe] Gibbs with the Redskins. I learned a lot of football from Dan, who was a very successful coach in the NFL. Also, in the college ranks [I was with] Mike Bellotti at Oregon. Mike certainly did a lot of things that were a little bit ahead of his time. He did a lot of offensive things. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been a play-caller for like 25 years. I’ve been able to experiment and do a lot of things and come up with things that I like to do. Now, after five years in the NFL and working with some great coaches and great players, I think I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been able to study all of the best coaches in the NFL over the last five years. I feel like I’m prepared for this job and I’m looking forward to it.

Q: How much credit do we give you for establishing the winning foundation at Boise

Ryan in the preseason against the Steelers.

Ryan in the preseason against the Steelers.

 State?

A: (Laughs) That’s up to you, how much credit you give me. But, we got that Boise State thing going. 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 and I’m very, very proud of what Boise State has accomplished over the last 12 years. I’m proud of the role I played in it. But Coach Hawk and Coach Pete have definitely taken it higher and higher. Coach Pete is doing a tremendous job there now.

Q: Where did your dad coach?

A: My Dad was a high school coach at Pocatello, Idaho and later was the head coach at Idaho State.

Q: At Jacksonville you had some uncertainty at the quarterback position for the last couple of years. What’s it like from your perspective, coming into a situation where you have an established front-line quarterback and you know what he can do?

A: This is a quarterback-driven league right now. So much is put on the quarterbacks each week, not only throwing the ball, but getting you out of bad plays, avoiding turnovers. Matt has proven over his first four years that he belongs in the upper echelon of quarterbacks in the league. It’s a great opportunity for me to come in there and work with Matt. I think the teams in the league, and there are several, that don’t have what they consider to be an elite quarterback are always trying to get one. Teams that do have one are glad that they have one and are trying to build around them. The Falcons have done a nice job of building around Matt. I’m looking forward to getting in there and working with those guys.

Q: Did you speak to Matt before or after you were hired?

A: Before.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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310 comments Add your comment

Andy

January 16th, 2012
1:58 pm

Thanks for typing this up. Definitely learn more straight from his mouth than from an article!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 16th, 2012
2:00 pm

Welcome Andy. Now, I have to write the 18-inch article. It will just be the highlights from this.

I'm with ATL teams (Always)

January 16th, 2012
2:02 pm

I'm with ATL teams (Always)

January 16th, 2012
2:06 pm

We wanted screen. He is planning. We wanted Vertical passing. He is planning. Hope he is not predictable.

I'm with ATL teams (Always)

January 16th, 2012
2:08 pm

Teach Matt screens and long throws. Ride him by using no huddle.

Nique

January 16th, 2012
2:10 pm

Hey D-Led

I actually wrote yesterday that i believe the biggest change we’ll see in this new scheme is the intergration of a multifacited screen game into our playbook. I listened to the interview, DK seemed to sidestep the question about the O-Line coach, do you have an idea if he’s got is own guy he’s gonna bring in or if we’ll retain Paul B? Also any ideas about who we’ll be bringing in as the QB coach since ours left with MM to the Jags?

CGD..

January 16th, 2012
2:11 pm

“Koetter said he has more film study to do on the Falcons, but stated that he’s a proponent of the vertical passing game, running the football and that he’s been ordered to improve the team’s screen passing attack.”

Vertical game? Good luck with this throw back QB……Mularkey was covering for the guy and got beat up for it..

Falcons4Eva

January 16th, 2012
2:12 pm

Mike Smith – You are officially on the clock. Get ‘er Done! No excuses.

The Saints, 49er’s Packers, and dare I say the Lions have passed your team (OUR TEAM) by. The Panthers are closing fast.

The Eagles will certainly improve next year and the Giants will remain strong. Chicago with Cutler back and the Cowboys are all in the mix next year. We are looking at at potential 8-8 season or 9-7 record next year and missing the playoffs.

Sure hope Koetter is all you hoped he would be for YOUR sake.

And to Arthur Blank and Thomas DimWit….good luck on selling those season tickets!

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
2:12 pm

Good Article D-Led….Heck, A+ on this one

UGABugKiller

January 16th, 2012
2:13 pm

Giving this guy (or Hawkins) any credit for what Chris Peterson has accomplished at Boise is like giving Ray Goff (or Donnan) credit for Richt’s two SEC titles and 2 BCS Bowl wins.

Peterson is the guy who beat AQ teams. Peterson is the guy who beat Georgia, who has two BCS Bowl wins.

As for Koetter, mentioning “screen passes” is kind of the opiate of the masses around here, but I’m far more concerned with his instance on a “vertical” passing game, as opposed to spreading the field and using slant routes and such, routes that are designed to gain YAC with your tremendous athletes at receiver.

Also, DOL, your leading the question about the “flashy” offenses losing ignores the fact the Patriots destroyed Denver and the Giants THROW more than they run the ball, and they use those short, quick drops and short routes to receivers like Cruz to make explosive plays.

Nice try there, trying to lead Koetter into taking up for your antiquated idea of what it takes to win in the NFL, but the reality of the modern NFL is, you throw to set up the run.

Which brings us to the other delusion that’s taken hold in Flowery Branch, and why I don’t trust anything that Koetter says and why I believe Arthur Blank lied to every fan and paying customer of his team.

Mike Smith, completely in denial about the reality of the modern NFL, stupidly keeps on insisting that the Falcons must be a “run-first” team. But here’s the thing: he doesn’t allow the kind of defense to be played in order to win games that matter as a “run-first” team.

Mike Smith is Schottenheimer2.0. He refuses to adapt to the reality of the NFL and even worse, he refuses to adapt his coaching approach to the players he’s been given.

Case in point: Dunta Robinson, and OUTSTANDING cover corner, who is strong and tall, who can bump the hell out of a receiver at the line and then run with him down the field, is completely WASTED in Smith’s insistence that he play ten yards off the ball.

Robinson is NOT short and agile. He is NOT a cover-2 corner. But Smith REFUSES to use Robinson’s strengths to help the team be better. He’d rather Robinson continue to do poorly playing off the ball than allow a mixed-coverage scheme which allowed Robinson to play the man coverage he played so well in Texas while letting Grimes play the cover-2 his short, agile body type is made for.

Smith REFUSES to innovate. He REFUSES to do what it takes to win.

Basically, Mike Smith is the anti-Belichick, the anti-Payton, the anti-Coughlan.

And that is why I don’t trust this Koetter hire. It’s why the Falcons will either miss the playoffs outright next year or be one and done again.

Mike Smith is, to put it bluntly, a loser football coach. BVG got sick of it and left. BVG, whose Georgia defenses were aggressive and attacking, yet was neutered by Mike Smith here.

Dirk Koetter was largely a failure in college. His record against winning teams and against ranked teams was horrible. Look it up on Wiki. It’s right there for all to see. He was fired by ASU because he was a mediocre coach. His offenses in Jax were largely mediocre, and Garrard got worse every year under him.

Horrible hire. Arthur Blank is a liar. He doesn’t want to do what it takes to bring a Super Bowl to Atlanta.

Thus is our winter of discontent as sports fans in this wretched state come to fruition.

Falcon Fan 4 Life

January 16th, 2012
2:15 pm

I’m excited about someone else calling plays, no matter what all the negative naysayers complain about. They wanted Mularkey gone…he’s gone and we have someone that could be the next Sean Payton or Andy Reid as far as offensive play calling. Enough with the negative, that time has passed, let’s get back to supporting. GO Falcons!!!

tgueboy

January 16th, 2012
2:17 pm

let get rid of him now and hurry up and get Mike Martz while theres still time

Brian Hunt

January 16th, 2012
2:18 pm

I’m excited that he believes in the screen pass. If he can coach the proper execution into the offense, they’ll take a leap forward.

JONESBORO SLIM

January 16th, 2012
2:21 pm

(1) I just want to see what were going to do with the O-line… thats a big reason the screen doesn’t work…(2) Interesting to see who stays and who leaves..there will be some cuts….

slug27marathons

January 16th, 2012
2:22 pm

Each of this year’s playoff teams have shown more imagination on offense the we did. Are we gonna get a back that can carry the ball besides Burner???

Draggin' Fly

January 16th, 2012
2:22 pm

“I learned a lot of football from Dan Henning”? I just threw up in my mouth a little.

SirReal

January 16th, 2012
2:24 pm

D Led,
I’ve let the emotional dust settle. We all wanted a change. If MM had stayed, we’d have lamented and now bc its not the guy we all collectively wanted, we’re lamenting again. I have to see what he can do as I dont honestly know much about him. With that said, DC is a MUCH more crucial post moving forward. I feel like they must land a high caliber guy or at least someone with a more aggressive approach. Thanks as always for your legwork!

PMC

January 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

Coach what do you say to those people who are skeptical of your hire because you come from statistically the worst offense in football last season?

UGABugKiller

January 16th, 2012
2:26 pm

SirReal,

Let me ask a question: wasn’t BVG an aggressive coach in college before he had to run Mike Smith’s system?

That brings me to the actual culprit in this team’s refusal to be anything but vanilla on offense and defense:

Mike Smith.

Does anyone actually believe Steve Spagnuolo or Mike Nolan will come here if they’re forced to run defense the Mike Smith way? You know, all zone, all the time, no pressure, no innovation, no adaptation?

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
2:27 pm

I’m not hopping onboard this Train until I see how it starts rolling down the tracks and that wont be for a long long time into the next Season………….there’s too much wrong in various places and just don’t see how they will get it corrected in just one Season. This OC may be the one for the Team but I am still anxious to know who they bring in as the DC. That Defense definately needs some major work to play well throughout an entire game. They did play a pretty good game holding the Giants in the first half but couldn’t slow them down in the second half.

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

tgueboy
January 16th, 2012
2:17 pm

let get rid of him now and hurry up and get Mike Martz while theres still time

that was funny………………Martz would want a small fortune to come down to Atlanta and live

You "Couch Coach's" Kill Me

January 16th, 2012
2:31 pm

I can’t wait to hear all the negatives from the unemployed “Chicken Fertility” experts! They know best!LOL

Scott Case

January 16th, 2012
2:33 pm

Did anyone tell him that you need a QB with a strong arm for this “vertical attack?” Matty Ice is a dinky dunk QB, so we’ll see.

Bill

January 16th, 2012
2:34 pm

Geez, all these “experts” on offensive football and they are making minimum wage. Wonder why no one has offered them a coordinator job.

FalconFreak

January 16th, 2012
2:36 pm

LOL…ok, Boise State and what kind of pro record? We’ll see but Smitty didn’t have the nads to go after a proven winner. Instead, he went after someone he’s comfortable with. Gosh, comfort is real important. I love my Merrill shoes but judging him by his track record, we’ll be the next Jacksonville hoping to get MM back. Oh well, I like college ball better anyway.

Nique

January 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

UGABugKiller

I know we’ll catch hell on here for saying this, but I’m glad that someone else realizes the issue with Duanta at corner! He isn’t a bust, he’s just been mis-utilized within BVG’s scheme, your exactly right, he’s a bump & run press corner, who when played within this type of scheme, might not quit be a lockdown cb, because i believe there’s only like 4 legit lockdown cb’s in the NFL, but he is definitely a # 1 cb, which admittantly he hasn’t been since he’s been a Falcon, but that because he’s been force to play in a zone scheme & he’s not a zone corner. Which is why I beg the question, can we do a sign & trade with Grimes to either package him with our # 2 this year to get a true legitimate pass-rushing DE opposite of ABE who we need to retain, or a stud Tackle who could fortify our O-Line. Because like it or not Falcons fans, Robinson isn’t going anywhere & Grimes is a free agent & the reality is that if our new DC plays a press man to man scheme which will place Robinson in a position to succeed, it will simultaneously place Grimes in a position to fail because Grimes is a zone cb, which is why he’s thrived under BGV. Either way, we have 2 starting corners who don’t go together! Any scheme we pick will play to the strengths of one while simultaneously playing to the weaknesses of the other! unless one side is allowed to play man to man & the other zone which i don’t envision working, so i think that this is an area that needs to be addressed. If we were to sign & trade Grimes, which I’m not even sure how that works in the NFL, maybe we move Franks up to the # 2 because he’s a cb in the same press/bump & run mode, then allow Owens who has grown to take over the nickel, or we pick up someone in the draft or FA.

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

Heres one for yahsssss……………..Lets trade Matt to Denver for Tebow…………throw in White for two of their best offensive linemen.

Greg M

January 16th, 2012
2:40 pm

Coach, can we throw naked boot-leg in playbook. Look what Alex Smith did with it. It used to work back in the days, but coaches went away from it. I believe this is why it worked so well for Alex Smith; a lot of Defences forgot about it also.

ignition

January 16th, 2012
2:45 pm

He learned from Dan Henning ?????
The former Falcon’s Head coach ????
Ha Ha Ha LOL ROTF
This is even more of a tragedy and debacle…

Greg M

January 16th, 2012
2:47 pm

I also welcome you Coach.

JacketFanMarcus

January 16th, 2012
2:48 pm

The Falcons are being run like a safe, conservative corporation.

There’s no EDGE to the team or players. We need someone or something that will get us over the top.

Falcons kind of remind me of the Hawks – a bunch of nice, safe guys!

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
2:48 pm

49ers may be even better than I thought they was………….may wind up winning it all…………….the sleeper team !

The Falconator

January 16th, 2012
2:53 pm

I think I get it now. This is a 100% Smith hire of someone who will talk to placate the fans then do as Smith tells him. That means continue pounding the ball behind a line that can’t open holes or pass block very well. Would like to see what Ryan could do behind the kind of lines that let Brady, Eli and Flacco throw from a rocking chair. The DC will keep to a soft zone when we have some DB’s who could be man-to-man hitters. I’m so depressed.

Nique

January 16th, 2012
2:53 pm

Michael M.

While i agree that the DC is going to be a crucial choice, we need someone who grows our team on that side of the ball, but to point to the playoff game insisting that the D was even close to being the problem, even after giving up points in the 2cnd half is problematic in my estimation. Especially in light of our only points in the entire game being attributed to the D. Our D needs to grow but in that playoff game, almost all of the fault has to be placed on the Offense!!! No points…really & then on top of that, if the offense was moving the ball & putting up any kind of points than our D would have been in a better position to hold up because they would have been re-energized by points on the board & wouldn’t have been on the field all day long! Don’t get me wrong, our D does need work, significant work, but in the playoffs, that loss was not on them! Any other team who’s suppose to have a dominant offense would have advanced if their offense had to only score 23 points in the game. As a “offensive team” our offense has to be our calling card, not a liability, our defense is suppose to be that, as is the case with the Colts every year, the Pack, Lions, Saints, & Patriots this year, but that wasn’t the case with us, our Defense showed up, but our Offense was nonexistent!

In the 99% wanting to get in the 1%

January 16th, 2012
2:55 pm

The pressure will come from the guy signing the checks. He ain’t happy.

CGD..

January 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Hire a guy with the 32nd offense?

Arthur you have out done yourself! Congrats!

JB

January 16th, 2012
2:56 pm

Clean slate….with an anxious owner.

CGD..

January 16th, 2012
2:58 pm

Blank shooting Blanks again?

Awesome Hire?…….crickets…….

Hey Arthur, its not April Fools day yet? LMFAO

TD has no clue!

January 16th, 2012
2:58 pm

As usual this is a disaster. Mike Smith = DEAD MAN WALKING.

SirReal

January 16th, 2012
2:59 pm

@UGABugKilla Oh yeah, BVG was definitely known for that and at Ga Southern. I used to get on BVG a LOT while he was here but over time, I started to see that the true culprit was Mike Ultra conservative Smith. I agree with you there.

CGD..

January 16th, 2012
3:01 pm

Lets say this together now, 0-4!

More Blowouts ta come….

cb795

January 16th, 2012
3:01 pm

Am I the only one to notice, Dirk learned a lot of football from that good coach Dan Henning? Please tell me there is another Dan Henning. Why do we have to suffer again! Only in Atlanta.g

miked

January 16th, 2012
3:02 pm

Falcon Fan 4 Life………….

You make a lot of sense most of the time but this time your crazy. Real Falcons Fans go by what you have done in the past. I am tired of people saying he did good in college. He has been in the pro a few years now and if you look at it his offense is boring just like MM was. I never saw Jacksonville spreading people out. I only judge by what I see and this guys offense was ranked last in the NFL this year and was never in the top ten any year( and I am not talking about the running game, i’m talking whole offense before you say something about MJD he is an all-pro). Also to you peoplle saying Robinson is an number one CB you are drunk. I have had season tickets for years and have seen him get burned in man all day long. All you guys backing him explain this to me, why is Grimes in the same defense that he is in but makes ten times more plays than him? They will throw at Robinson before they throw at Grimes explain that to me. He is garbage.

DREWSTER

January 16th, 2012
3:03 pm

All I got to Say is Mike smith Has always had Total Veto over any play calling Offence or Defence and we always tried the same lame A** play’s at critical D&D. That’s why BVG and MM got up outta here . So Now It’s All on Him DO or Die time Mike!~

miked

January 16th, 2012
3:04 pm

And you guys are correct Mike Smith is the problem for this team.

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
3:07 pm

Good comments @ Nique………………………That’s why we need someone like Tebowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww out there throwing that football on target and not freezing up like they walking on stilts or something . I watch Matt too many times now …….he takes the ball runs back,gets skittish and either takes the sack or goes to run and can’t run fast enough and throws the ball out of bounds and sometimes they will be a receiver wide open and he don’t even see the guy .
Give him one more year and we see more of the same, then its time for a change.
Its not the receivers as much as it is Matt and they have got to get some fresh blood to run the ball as Turner has carried the load for quite a while and its wearing him out too.

Jacksonville Falcons

January 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

So let me get this straight, our OC was good enough to be head coach at the team of the OC that we just hired? Mike Smith obviously wants to be in Jacksonville again as he seems to not be able to cut his ties. What a horrible move for the team when there seemed to be better choices available. Why not go after someone from a winning organization? What has Jacksonville ever done? Smitty just quit and go back to Jacksonville where your heart is.

JB

January 16th, 2012
3:08 pm

Notice a pattern of hiring with Smith and Richt…………….The word is comfortable……….I think the best coach’s bring in coaching talent that yes…………..might out shine them.

Michael M.

January 16th, 2012
3:09 pm

@ CGD.. You are out of your mind and the new Season hasn’t started yet………..lmao

ohhhhYEAH

January 16th, 2012
3:11 pm

UGA Bug:

Let me ask YOU a question. Wasn’t Smith the D coordinator in Jacksonville before head coach here? From 03-07, Mike Smith, an NFL D Coordinator, led the Jacksonville Jaguars, in total defense, to 6th, 11th, 6th, 2nd, and 12th in the league. Also, other than his first year as coordinator, his defense was always in the top 7 in the league in sacks. So now, my question to you is, how do you blame a head coach, a defensive minded head coach with success in the PRO level, for a college d coordinator, who was out of his element, for not getting it done?

Mike Smith the real “culprit” because SMITH is too conservative? Yeah, because his track records surely supports that. Maybe do some research and stop blaming people simply because you think he’s a bad head coach. That’s all.