Atlanta Falcons: Gonzalez likes his role in new offense

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter applaudes a catch by wide receiver Julio Jones in approval of a well run play in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter applaudes a catch by wide receiver Julio Jones in approval of a well run play in Flowery Branch on Saturday, July 28, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

FLOWERY BRANCH — Despite getting less production out of the tight end position than the Falcons have averaged over the last three seasons, Tony Gonzalez is comfortable with the role the tight end plays in new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s system.

In Jacksonville, tight end Marcedes Lewis averaged 41.4 catches over the last five seasons with David Garrard and Blaine Gabbert operating the offense. Lewis peaked in 2010 when he caught 58 passes and 10 touchdowns to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl.

In former coordinator Mike Mularkey’s system, Gonzalez averaged 77.6 catches over the past three seasons and has made two trips to the Pro Bowl.

“I don’t see it changing too much from what it’s been around here,” Gonzalez said. “It’s somewhat the same plays. Of course, he brought his great plays that he liked down there.”

Gonzalez, the 12-time Pro Bowler, was excused from most of the offseason work and the death of his stepfather of 25 years, kept him from attending minicamp.

So, the 15-year veteran is just now starting to dig into the new playbook.

“I had a chance to watch film today on Marcedes and see what he was able to do in this system and it looked good,” Gonzalez said. “One thing about Coach Koetter, is that he’s going with what’s good for the players. I love that in a coach; put players in a position to be successful. It’s not about his system, it’s about what works and what Matt [Ryan] is comfortable with because obviously he’s the one driving the train.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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July 29th, 2012
8:22 am


July 29th, 2012
8:24 am

perhaps the reason the jax te’s didn’t have amazing seasons is that they had crap qb’s running the offense. matty ice doesn’t stop looking tg’s way no matter what the call is.


July 29th, 2012
9:40 am

Hey, “brah”- don’t you have anything better to do in your life than to hit a Falcon blog TWO times within minutes of it being posted on a Sunday morning?


July 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Nothing these Fakes Saints fans are saying means anything…they have only been Saints fans for about a 3-5yr period…the Saints just recently came off a 25yr loosing streak…get out of here…all Saints fans are band wagoners…most of them have other teams that they like better than the Saints anyway…none of them know the real “who dat” nation started in the 80’s with the Bengals…no one respects that…they are fakes…they needed this…the only reason they go to the Saints games is because their tired of standing outside in the water…how did they become our (Falcons) rivals?…”Saints fans” didn’t know the Saints existed until they had to sleep in the Super Dome…the league should put a bounty on the whole organization…this is the team who cheats to win…Rise Up


July 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Clarification on last remark……I agree it would, but I know he’ll handle it with class if the Falcons don’t make the playoffs.


July 29th, 2012
10:45 am

P.S. in 2011 right after 9/11 everyone was still mad bush had strong armed the presidential race. His main point was this is not a time for the country to be divided its time for true patriots to stand up. And just like magic the 0-2 unproven qp lead team caught fire. What’s more American than the red white and blue of the patriots?


July 29th, 2012
11:05 am

Tony Gonzalez is the all time great at his position. He has nothing to prove. But it would be nice for him to at least play in a SB.

SeenThis B4

July 29th, 2012
11:43 am

Still a big shame that Tony G. will end up retiring from the NFL without ever knowing what a NFL playoff win feels like.

Rev Blake

July 29th, 2012
1:12 pm

Even bigger shame is to go on every sports site on the web for the sole purpose of trashing the Falcons organization. Get over it. Number 7 is gone and he isn’t coming back.

Falcons fans, Tony G WILL get his due.

Michael M.

July 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

@ Seenthisb4…………….yes, we have Mr. Nostradamus his self telling us whats going to happen in the NFL this year and the Season hasn’t even started yet . You know sometimes I think you do this stuff just to be an annoying person and get your kicks out of it because of it. Its a shame that people have to resort to junk like that just because something in their life didn’t pan out the way it was suppose to.
Now how do you know that he will retire without a ring ? He may not retire this year if he feels he is up to playing one more year after this one and how can you say the Falcons have no shot at winning the Superbowl when its a long ways away ? How many people gave the Giants a shot at winning it when they were having problems last year midway through the season…………….not many ever would have thought they would get back on track and win a playoff game let alone even make the playoffs.
For all we know, both our clubs may lose out to the Panthers this year, they could take the NFC South title away from both teams. Don’t say it can’t happen because it can and their schedule is much easier to win than either of our teams schedules……….there are a lot of ifs and possibilities and probabilities that can happen in the game of football ” and you know it ” so use your head and ” think ” !


July 29th, 2012
3:36 pm

Falcon fanS I want you to know that I post a reply toowards those ignorant aints fan and this bloggers too it off If I cant defnde my FALCONS WE DEONT NEED THIS SO CALL BLOG


July 29th, 2012
4:08 pm

Ppl trust me dont even pay attention to seenthisb4 he hasnt even been a sAint fan but 2 years i know dudes cuz an he even says he is fake as hell smh this all he got to do considering women wont have nothing to do with his stupid fake ass life trying to rep a fake ass team!

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