Atlanta Falcons: Q&A with offensive assistant Andrew Weidinger

FLOWERY BRANCH — During the recently completed minicamp we chatted with offensive assistant

Andrew Weidinger

Andrew Weidinger

Andrew Weidinger, who received a promotion this offseason after serving four years as assistant to head coach Mike Smith and helping running backs coach Gerald Brown.

Weidinger, who turns 30 on July 10th,  is one of the behind the scenes coaches, who keeps things running smoothly by managing data, doing research, completing daily practice scripts, schedules and calendars. He’s one of the “logistics” guys.

Weidinger joined the staff in 2007 as a personnel scout. Prior to joining the Falcons, he spent seven seasons at the University of Arizona, where he worked in a number of positions, including assistant director of football operations.

Here are excerpts from the Q&A with Weidinger:

Q: Explain your role on the staff?

A: Well, I’m at the bottom of the ladder. I do whatever I can to help out. The last few years, I worked with the running backs and helped out Coach Smith with a lot of his operational type stuff. Now, I’m working more closely with Dirk Koetter and Terry Robiskie. I’m still doing a lot of the operational type stuff with the offense like getting scripts ready and helping put together practice plans. That sort of stuff.

Q: How has this offseason been compared to the lockout of last season for some of the support staff?

A: We had all of that time off and we didn’t know when guys were coming back. For us, we went on summer break and we didn’t know if the thing was going to be cut short or if we were going to be back in the offices. It’s been a totally different deal. It’s been a good offseason. I started off learning the new system with Coach Koetter. It’s been fun to learn that and then come out here, install it and help those young guys learn it.

Q: Describe Coach Koetter’s offense from your perspective?

A: You’ve got a different guy calling the plays, so some things are a little bit different. But, at the end of the day, the offenses in the NFL are real similar. We’re going to have some things that are the same and some that are different. It’s going to be a little bit of a different style.

Q: Describe that style?

A: When we first came in, Coach Smith said we were going to run the ball. Now, we are going to throw it too. We’ve got all sorts of weapons. We’ve got running backs. We’ve got tight ends. We’ve got receivers. We are going to be able to do a little bit of everything out there.

Per the league’s media policy, there are minimum requirements for offseason access to the coaching staff. The Falcons went well beyond those minimums this offseason in making assistant coaches available to the media. Here are some of the other interviews with the coaching staff  in case you missed them.

Q&A with defensive assistant Mark Collins.

Q&A with special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

Q&A with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Q&A with assistant offensive line coach Paul Dunn.

Q&A with offensive line coach  Pat Hill.  

Story with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Q&A with defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.

Video interview with defensive backs coach Joe Danna.

Q&A with special teams assistant coach Eric Sutulovich.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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27 comments Add your comment

rick

June 29th, 2012
12:06 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
12:08 pm

Rick — Congrats!!!

JOEinPHX

June 29th, 2012
12:44 pm

This guy sounds like a complete knucklehead. Of course, that’s something I’ve known for close to thirty years.

Vote justice Roberts out of the supreme court in Noveber

June 29th, 2012
1:06 pm

Thats it? Boring!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

Vote – You can’t vote out Supreme Court Justices. They’re in for LIFE!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2012
1:16 pm

Joe — Brother or Father?

jay

June 29th, 2012
1:19 pm

My guess is brother. Dad wouldn’t call him a knucklehead.

JOEinPHX

June 29th, 2012
1:48 pm

Father. And knucklehead isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever called him. But on a serious note, Andrew has one of the sharpest football minds I’ve ever known. Call me biased, but he’s a tremendous asset to the Falcons, and has tremendous growth potential in the NFL.

torgo

June 29th, 2012
2:43 pm

We’ve hit the dead zone between OTAs/minicamp and training camp. There’s absolutely nothing happening for the next four weeks, so we’re down to Q&A’s with the logistics guys, the groundskeepers, and the traffic cop that got fans safely across the street for minicamp.

D-Led – will the team let you have phone chats with their regional scouts? It might be interesting to catch what they specifically liked about some of our prospects over the last couple of seasons, such as Massaquoi, Cliff Matthews, Darrin Walls, and the one that got away, Rafael Bush.

D man

June 29th, 2012
2:44 pm

Pre season is a month away. I can’t wait for Football to start. I love all of it.High School Fridays, College Saturdays, and the NFL Sunday and Monday. I am ready for some football. :)

AlanFalcon

June 29th, 2012
4:03 pm

The Falcons have answered a lot of questions and yet we don’t really know what to expect, thats the way it should be.

Michael M.

June 29th, 2012
4:53 pm

Its too darn hot to comment today !

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[...] Ryan, on the other hand, has been as steady as they come since arriving in the NFL in 2008 out of Boston College. He is only going to get better, and his arm is actually stronger this offseason according to reports from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

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[...] we first came in, coach (Mike) Smith said we were going to run the ball,” Weidinger told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Now, we are going to throw it, too. We’ve got all sorts of weapons. We’ve got [...]

D man

June 30th, 2012
8:53 am

Michael M. – I’m with you man. It is too hot… Go Falcons!!!

Vote justice Roberts out of the supreme court in Noveber

June 30th, 2012
2:07 pm

DOL U cant tell me who and how 2 vote 4. Tipical libtard thinkin.

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Falcon James

June 30th, 2012
5:07 pm

When did they change it so we could vote for supreme court justices? I thought they got appointed by the president. I must have overslept or something.

DBell

June 30th, 2012
11:00 pm

Vote — you dummy, he wasn’t telling you how to vote, he was informing you that you literally can’t vote on members of the Supreme Court; they are appointed by the president and are in office until they decide to retire, as they can’t be removed from office by anyone once confirmed.

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True Falcon Fan

July 1st, 2012
10:32 am

JSS aka “ZerOstine” — Wow this has got to be you, finally glad to see you got a J.O.B. — so you now can at least pay sum of the bills around your “MOTHERS” house! Imagine this “ZERO” still living with mommy……What a “ZERO” —- but now you have a J.O.B.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2012
1:16 pm

Falcon James – You didn’t miss a revision of the constitution. Supreme Court Justices (Article III) are still appointed (for life) by the Prez!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 1st, 2012
1:19 pm

Vote – I don’t care who you vote for! You just can vote for Supreme Court Justices (Article III).

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I usually just read but....

July 2nd, 2012
10:05 am

@Vote
vote against Roberts, if you can find your precinct. I doubt you’re even a registered voter and if you are, no wonder we are in the shape we’re in.