Atlanta Falcons: Coordinators talk about their head coaching interviews

Mike Nolan, Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter (Curtis Compton/

Mike Nolan, Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter (Curtis Compton/

FLOWERY BRANCH — All of the Falcons’ coordinators have had interviews for head coaching positions.

Special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong had interviews with Chicago, Kansas City and Philadelphia. Kansas City hired Andy Reid.

He didn’t want to comment about his interviews.

“I’d love to talk about the Seattle Seahawks,” Armstrong said.

Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan had an interview with Philadelphia.

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong units were ranked second in the league last season by    Curtis Compton,

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong units were ranked second in the league last season by Curtis Compton,

“I’m flattered that they wanted to talk, and I enjoyed it,” Nolan said. “Outside of that … hopefully we keep playing and so the process will be a long one.”

Nolan was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-08 and posted an 18-37 record.

“They are a great organization and have a tremendous owner, much like we do here,” Nolan said. “Whoever ends up with that job is going to do a good job and also appreciate the fact that it is a great organization.”

Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed with Kansas City, but cancelled interviews with Philadelphia and Cleveland after he signed a contract extension with the Falcons.

“It was just plain and simple, I’ve got a great job here,” Koetter said. “You don’t get many chances in your coaching career to be with a team that has a chance to go all the way. We have that opportunity here, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”


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11 comments Add your comment


January 9th, 2013
12:08 am

Glad we have coordinators that are sought after


January 9th, 2013
1:44 am

The ultimate compliment and validation we have attreacted or developed talent recognized leaguewide.

Whadda Ya Know?

January 9th, 2013
6:48 am

Lock these coordinators down for at least four years Arthur. Nolan adds his type of players to this defense and Koetter installs more of his offense next year, could be the start of something great with the Falcons–FINALLY!!!


January 9th, 2013
8:01 am

If Nolan is such a good coordinator, why has he been on so many teams?


January 9th, 2013
8:44 am

Nolan wouldn’t have been employed by so many teams if he wasnt a good coordinator. He is a great coordinator but a suspect head coach.


January 9th, 2013
9:03 am

All u have to do is look at Nolans resume and the first year results when he takes over.
Either u see it or u don’t


January 9th, 2013
9:44 am

Nolan will be a head coach after this season. Hope he leaves us with a Super Bowl…


January 9th, 2013
9:59 am

The Coordinators coach the defense, offense and special teams. A coach oversees all three phases and deals with the operations of the team and players. Some coordinators can transition from that title to the head coach and be successful. Others fail miserably.


January 9th, 2013
12:12 pm

Nolan will be a falcon again next year as will armstrong

Section 322- 11 Years

January 9th, 2013
12:50 pm


January 9th, 2013
1:30 pm

ONE GAME AT A TIME,NO MORE BAD GAMES,LETS GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!