FLOWERY BRANCH—Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter doesn’t know what the players around the league were thinking when they left Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan off the NFL Network’s top 100 list.
“How he’s won as a starter in the league, we think he’s a top 10 quarterback,” Koetter said. “His play backs that up.”
Koetter, who has replaced the departed Mike Mularkey, clearly has been pleased with Ryan and the rest of the offensive unit.
“We have an excellent group of players on the offense,” Koetter said. “Players, offensive staff and coach [Mike] Smith are fun guys to work with. We have a lot of talent and a lot of guys that can make explosive plays. I like how these guys are working.”
Koetter spent the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog