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