UPDATE: Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has withdrawn his name for consideration for any head coaching vacancies, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
Koetter has signed a contract extension that runs through 2014, according to a Fox Sports report.
Koetter infused new life in the Falcons offense, scrapping the power-run attack for a more pass-friendly attack.
The Falcons finished with two 1,000-yard receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones, as quarterback Matt Ryan put up several career-highs.
White finished the season with 92 receptions for 1,351 yards and seven touchdowns. He has posted 1,300-plus yards in two of the last three seasons. Jones, who as selected to his first Pro Bowl, finished with 79 catches for 1,198 yards and a team-high 10 touchdown receptions.
Also, 13-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a team-high 93 receptions for 930 yards with eight touchdowns. Gonzalez posted the best season by any tight end in Falcons history. His receptions and yardage total both set franchise records for the tight end position.
In Koetter’s offense, Gonzalez had his best season since 2008 in terms of catches, yards, and touchdowns.
The attack also allowed Ryan to flourish as a passer. Ryan finished the season completing 422 of 615 pass attempts (68.9 percent) for 4,719 yards with 32 touchdowns and a 99.1 passer rating. Ryan set franchise records for attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and touchdowns.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Jacksonville has interviewed Atlanta’s director or player personnel David Caldwell for their vacant general manager’s post, according to a Fox Sports report.
ORIGNAL POST: With the Falcons recent success, teams have raided the coaching staff and front offices when trying to get things turned arounnd.
After the 2010 season, Minnesota hired Bill Musgrave away as their offensive coordinator. He was Matt Ryan’s first NFL quarterback coach and is widely credited with his quick development.
Last season, the Rams hired Les Snead away to become their general manager and Jacksonville hired Mike Mularkey and Bob Bratkowski. Mularkey went to Jacksonville as the head coach and Bratkowski, Musgrave’s successor, went as the offensive coordinator.
Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, who was previously a head coach, will most certainly attract some attention with 20 percent of the league’s head coaching spots coming open on Black Monday.
“Per league rules, this is the window for teams that have a bye week where assistant coaches can interview,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “I will say this, I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on any other team’s head coaching search. I feel like that we’ve got a number of guys on our staff that would be outstanding head coaches and per league rules if someone called and asked permission we would grant it because we’d have to.”
Also, David Caldwell, the team’s director of player personnel, is considered a candidate for several of the league open general manager positions.