Q&A with assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich

Assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich is set to enter his fourth season with the Falcons.

Assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich is set to enter his fourth season with the Falcons.


FLOWERY BRANCH – Eric Sutulovich is set to enter his fourth season with the Falcons as the assistant special teams coach.

He came to the Falcons after working as an offensive assistant for one season with the Detroit Lions in 2008. He first coached in the NFL with the Houston Texans in 2002.

During minicamp, Sutulovich spoke on several topics concerning the special teams units.

Q: How do the special teams coaches approach the offseason and evaluating the new players on the roster?

A: It’s been good. There’s been a lot of good work. It’s good to see the young guys. As we get closer and closer to games, they will get less and less reps. It’s good to have the opportunity to sit down with them and see where they are at mentally and physically. Last year, we didn’t have that opportunity with the lockout and stuff. It’s been really good. There are some bright opportunities out there.

Q: Is there a certain pride that you take in helping to prepare the special teams?

A: We take a lot of pride. In my opinion, we try to give them the information that they need to be successful on the field. From the time that we are breaking down the film, or we’re putting the playbook together or we’re putting the game plan together. . . .when they get it, it’s one of the best in the NFL so that there is no gray area. There is no doubt. They know exactly what’s expected of them and know how to execute. When we step out there on the field, there are going to be curve balls thrown at you. Hopefully, we’ve prepared them well enough that nothing surprises them.

Q: How much time is spent on working on the precision that’s required in the kicking game?

A: Right now, as we are walking through things, it gives these guys more of an opportunity to sit there any really absorb the actual technique that we are going to use during the season. Now, is our time to learn the techniques. How to take on the block, how to step and some of the remedial things you think everybody understands.

Q: Can you tell us about the new kicker, Erik Folk?

A: He came in during the rookie minicamp and did a nice job. He’s an accurate guy. He’s got an opportunity to come in and prove himself.

Q: What are some of the areas of improvement for the special teams units?

A: We want to try and be more consistent right at the beginning. Instead of waiting two, three or four games into it. We want to get that motor running early so that when we have that first game, we’re up to speed at 100 miles an hour. We don’t want to have any lulls whether if it be the kicker, the coverage or the return game. Having this offseason helps us out.

Q: How do you all plan to replace former Pro Bowler Eric Weems?

A: We’ve got a lot of guys. It’s going to be hard. Eric was a great player for us. He did a lot of things on the field. Finding a guy to replace him is going to be tough. But there is going to be somebody that is going to do it. We’ve got to get that guy ready to be strong and execute as well as Eric did.

Q: Do you have newcomers and veterans that will factor into that competition?

A: As things shrink down. Certain guys are going to pop in there more than others. Then we’ll finally get the feel of where we are at and who is going to be doing what.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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20 comments Add your comment

Joe Tess Fish House

June 20th, 2012
1:47 pm

Joe Tess Fish House

June 20th, 2012
1:49 pm

Now can U tel us why they are stiging wiht Perrier Jerry?

pay4play

June 20th, 2012
2:33 pm

He needs to go e-z on the punter . He’ll get plenty of reps in the regular season . Bwaaaaaa Wahhhhh Haaaaaw

Waffle House

June 20th, 2012
2:40 pm

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

June 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

JOE –
“Stiging Wiht Perrier Jerry??????? What was that?????? What does an interview with the Assistant Special Team’s Coach have to do with Peria Jerry who doesn’t play on special teams?

Might it have made more sense if you had posed that question to DL when he interviewed the line coach earlier.

True Falcon Fan

June 20th, 2012
2:50 pm

WOW – I certainly hope this coach of special teams is better than the last guy, i’m thinking the last guy was Anderson, please correct me if i’m wrong “Ole Wondrous Wizard of OZ” – we shall see??????

Whether the last named was Coach Anderson or Smuck that probably fit better, no matter, he’s gone in cometh Coach Sutulovich, so show us whatcha got coachem up…………..

Go Falcons!

Greg

June 20th, 2012
2:54 pm

“Eric was a great player for us. He did a lot of things on the field. Finding a guy to replace him is going to be tough. But there is going to be somebody that is going to do it.”

Translate: “We really don’t see right now how we’re going to replace Weems without a marked drop-off in quality. We screwed up letting him go.”

'" Explosive Special Teams "'

June 20th, 2012
3:21 pm

The Rodgers Brothers,
Jacquizz and James take over.

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2012
3:23 pm

I wish he would explain how these guys learn to take on a block when this is a no contact mini camp? If anything, they’re NOT learning how to take on a block, unless of course it’s a touch block. Falcan’ts do know how to take on the touch blocks.

PEACH TREE

June 20th, 2012
3:31 pm

Did the sAints ever find a competent coaching staff.

Bullseye

June 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

Seen loves the Falcons more than the Falcon fans do. Impressive.

lpgirl

June 20th, 2012
4:19 pm

I don’t think he even answered the questions. He just spat out a bunch of cliche’s.

1danielbell

June 20th, 2012
4:54 pm

Awesome! Coming soon: An interview with the assistant towel manager.

J-Lo

June 20th, 2012
5:05 pm

I read this to see if Cody Pearcy or James Rodgers were competing well so far……

PEACH TREE

June 20th, 2012
5:21 pm

compete for the old Eric Weems job

Sean Payton Used Cars

June 20th, 2012
5:23 pm

Which NFL team will have program bounty this year?

OK

June 20th, 2012
5:31 pm

STB4 your team was fighting during mini camp. Can you go complain about lack of a Brees contract on their site?

DR. FALCON

June 21st, 2012
1:04 am

LET’S SEE JULIO JONES RETURN A FEW KICKS THIS YEAR! UTILIZE OUR FASTEST PLAYERS! POINTS WILL BE AT A PREMIUM AGAINST SOME TEAMS ON OUR SCHEDULE, SO LETS USE OUR PLAYMAKERS! JULIO DID SOME OF THAT FOR ‘BAMA! HE KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT HIMSELF!

Brian Hunt

June 21st, 2012
11:00 am

I think Franks will be our returner.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 21st, 2012
11:31 am

Brian Hunt – You could be right. He did a nice job on punt returns last preseason