Falcons Fans Shocked by Dirk Koetter Hire

A Very Surprising Choice

DIRK KOETTER, who has been the Jaguars offensive coordinator since 2007. With Mike Mularkey being hired as Jacksonville's coach, Koetter might not be retained. Mike Smith is familiar with Koetter's offensive scheme, having worked with him for a season in Jacksonville.

New Falcons OC (AP)

Well, the Atlanta Falcons have their new offensive coordinator. Several names were mentioned early last week that included Brian Schottenheimer, Brian Billick, Tom Clements, and Dirk Koettner. At the press conference, Thomas Dimitroff went out of his way to say they were under no deadline to hire the new coordinators. Early Sunday morning a report came out saying the Falcons had requested interviews for Tom Clements and Dirk Koetter, and literally no more than an hour later Chris Mortensen reported that the Falcons had in fact hired Koetter, the former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator.

Fans were absolutely shocked and blindsided by the news. Even though the Falcons top brass said they would conduct their search in private, the appearance was that the Birds didn’t even go through any process whatsoever when they hired Koetter. He obviously has had some success, but most have a hard time getting over him running the dead last offense in the NFL in 2011, regardless of excuses. A look at our new OC………..

1) The Ugly

Let’s just go ahead and get the ugly out of the way. Dirk Koetter ran the Jaguars offense for 5 years in Jacksonville. During that time, he helped the Jaguars to be one of the best offenses in 2007, hovered around the middle for the next 3 years, and had the bottom fall out in 2011. Regardless of reasons or excuses, the fact remains that the Jaguars were dead last in total offense and passing, and 28th in points per game. Surely, the Falcons front office understands fans concerns.

2) The Bad

Falcons running back (33) Michael Turner goes airborne to celebrate his touchdown run with Harry Douglas for a 17-0 lead over the Jaguars.

Are You Jumping for Joy? (C.Compton/AJC)

Even discarding the excellent year in 2007 and the terrible year in 2011, the bad news is that Koetter led the Jaguars to a very average offense in the middle years. In 2008, The Jags ranked 20th in total offense, 15th in passing, 18th in rushing, and 24th in points per game. 2009 saw the Jaguars hit almost identical numbers, and 2010 saw them finish 3rd in rushing, but 27th in passing. Some feel he’s never had the players in Jacksonville he now has in Atlanta, while others feel that good coaches find a way to make plays (see Tebow in Denver and TJ Yates in Houston). Was the goal to get a second coming of the guy who just left?

3) The Good

Looking past the train wreck of a year in 2011 in Jacksonville, where Jack Del Rio was fired mid-season and they had major quarterback issues, Koetter has had some success both in the NFL and in college. He learned under Dan Henning, who won two Super Bowls as the offensive coordinator for the Redskins, worked with Andy Reid for a decent amount of time, and was the main guy who built the foundation for Boise State’s success. Both Dan Hawkins and Chris Peterson worked for Koetter on his staff before they both had their own immense success as head coaches, where they continued a similar offensive philosophy.

In 2007, Koetter did prove he could get it done, where he directed the Jaguars to one of the best offenses in the NFL. That year saw the Jaguars offense ranked 7th in total offense, 17th in passing, 2nd in rushing, and 6th in points per game. They also beat the Steelers in the playoffs that year as well. He said in his phone conference that he is committed to a balanced attack, finding good matchups, vertical passing, and a good screen game. Some blame the talent as the reason for his mediocrity in Jacksonville, and it surely is true that he’ll have plenty of weapons at his disposal in Atlanta.

4) Cloak and Dagger Process

Was Gabbert Mostly to Blame? (J.Getz/AJC)

It’s understandable the Falcons front office didn’t necessarily want to air all of their business for the sports world to see, but the process they undertook also leaves a lot of room for speculation and assumptions. After getting reports of 4 candidates they were interested in (Billick, Clements, Koetter, and Schottenheimer), an update comes out Sunday morning that they had requested interviews with Koetter and Tom Clements. Literally no more than hour later, the Chris Mortensen reports that the Falcons hired Koetter.

Obviously we fans aren’t privy to what actually played out, so we have to assume that there really wasn’t much of a process at all. Speculation says that the Falcons basically knew who they would take and didn’t even really interview anyone else. Perhaps, Koetter “pressured” the Falcons into making a decision because Alabama and St. Louis Rams were interested. Who knows, because the way they conducted their search leaves fans with only rumors, speculations, and assumptions. Could they not have at least interviewed anyone else?

6) The Great Talent Debate

Another chicken v. egg argument headlines this hire. Some believe that Koetter’s poor production was only a product of a severe lack of talent across the board in Jacksonville. While others think that is no excuse, particularly for having the absolute worst offense in the league, according to total offense. Both sides of the argument have legitimate points.

It is true that the cupboard has been bare for Koetter in Jacksonville recently. He had one of the best running backs in the NFL in Maurice Jones-Drew and helped him get the rushing title this year, despite having no passing game whatsoever. That alone is at least somewhat of a testament to his abilities, where he find a way to run the ball even though all defenses knew it was coming.

His quarterbacks included David Garrard and rookie Blaine Gabbert, who had a dreadful season. Tight end Marcedes Lewis had a Pro Bowl year and broke the Jaguars single-season TD record in 2010, but outside of that, the talent has been thin. His list of receivers over the past 4 years is pretty forgettable: Dennis Northcutt, Matt Jones, Troy Williamson, Reggie Williams, Mike Sims-Walker, Ernest Wilford, Jason Hill, and Jarrett Dillard. He definitely will be getting way more talent in Atlanta than he ever had in Jacksonville.

Koetter will Certainly Have More Weapons (C.Compton/AJC)

Others believe that is no excuse, especially for finishing dead last in the NFL. There are numerous examples of coordinators doing well with not the most talent in the world. New Orleans seems to be able to make almost every 7th round pick and undrafted free agent in a productive player (Lance Moore, Chris Ivory, Pierre Thomas, Marques Colston). As mentioned before, Greg Knapp and Gary Kubiak had TJ Yates lead them to a playoff victory and gave Baltimore all they wanted. Of course Denver adjusted their offense to fit Tim Tebow (who many said could never win in the NFL), and that helped them to make the playoffs and beat the Steelers in the first round. Both arguments have valid points and only time will tell which side is correct.

7) A Good Fit?

Another one of the big concerns is whether or not Koetter will be a good fit with Matt Ryan at the helm. Koetter’s philosophy is very involved with the vertical passing game, which seems very interesting considering one of Ryan’s big weaknesses is his trouble with the deep pass. Most fans thought a west coast type of offense, which Ryan ran at Boston College, would be a better fit.

8.) Must Only Be Better than Mularkey

A final positive note to close on is to look at what Mularkey helped accomplish in 2011, a year in which most believe was a season of underachievement considering the plethora of talent on offense. Without trying to denigrate Mularkey, the offense had become predictable, stale, and most felt he couldn’t adjust to his opponent either during the game or in preparation.

More Passing Should Make #84 Happy (C.Compton/AJC)

All that being said, the offense still managed to put up some pretty decent numbers in 2011. They were 10th in total offense, 8th in passing, 17th in rushing, and 7th in points per game. Matt Ryan broke the franchise record for passing yards with 4,100+ yards and a personal best of touchdowns with 29. Michael Turner ran for 1,340 yards and 11 TDs. Roddy White caught 100 passes for 1,296 yards and 8 touchdowns, including another Pro Bowl trip.

Julio Jones got 959 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns while missing 5 games. Tony Gonzalez caught 80 passes for 875 yards and 7 touchdowns and another trip to the Pro Bowl. Jacquizz Rodgers, Harry Douglas, and Jason Snelling were all underused and Eric Weems and Kerry Meier were never used.

The point is that Dirk Koetter doesn’t have to be the best offensive coordinator to ever coach in the NFL, he only has to be better than his predecessor.

Your Turn

Have fun analyzing the Falcons new offensive coordinator

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Screen Pass

January 16th, 2012
10:41 pm

From past page.

“Screen Pass,

Just to clarify, Adam Schefter’s reporting that Tom Clements is interviewing for the Bucs ‘head coaching’ position.” Wabe

Yes, but you would have to in order to interview him w/o permission. Interviewing and offering are different things sometimes. I don’t recall Clements having any HC much less NFL HC experience to justify a HC offering unless they need to bypass tampering rules. If Clements gets their HC..yikes thats a big gamble.

Birdthethird

January 16th, 2012
10:45 pm

That’s all well and good but Smith better know his a$$ is on the line if Koetter doesn’t cut it. The whole house is clean and this is how we start over. Show me better than you can tell me Koetter–and Smith.

Screen Pass

January 16th, 2012
10:46 pm

“The point is that Dirk Koetter doesn’t have to be the best offensive coordinator to ever coach in the NFL, he only has to be better than his predecessor.” – D3

Looks like the AI on Madden could do better than he or his crappy predecessor. Bad hire that will have to be masked until the bottom falls out. Better get Spags or Nolan or there may not be a Flowery Branch for Cooter to show up at lol. Most fans I’ve read know this whole fiasco is bunk.

robertussen

January 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

this blows and im reading around the web they might hire tim lewis as dc. i guess we’re due for some down years huh. there were better options for oc but we must not want to take the next step or maybe other coaches see that smith is on the hot seat and dont want anything to do with atl

Falcon Realist

January 16th, 2012
11:06 pm

Excuses, excuses, excuses for failure. Jacksonville has two Pro Bowl players on offense at running back and tight-end. NE Patriots develop receivers why didn’t Koetter? David Gerrard did not abandon the pocket like Ryan and throws a better deep ball. Why did he have the job if he could’t get production out of the talent on the roster.

Expect a mediocre offense in 2012.

Jeff

January 16th, 2012
11:08 pm

Mentioning the name “Dan Henning” as a reference to a coach to any long time Falcons fan will never inspire thoughts of confidence…

However, I am curious to see what the folks in Jax have to say about the playcalling down there. Can’t recall if they were more upset with execution or the play selection over the last few years.

D3

January 16th, 2012
11:13 pm

Screen — I know. I’m forcing myself to like the hire through gritted teeth and held back vomit, but it’s the way it is. I mean, you’re so in love with this guy that you don’t even interview other candidates. Stubborn and arrogant.

Birdthethird — Agreed. Is his ego that large where he can’t absorb any outside opinions? Again, why not at least interview other candidates. Welcome if this is your first time in The Cage.

D3

January 16th, 2012
11:25 pm

robertussen — That Tim Lewis thing was a hoax (let’s hope). Some fan tweeted that the Falcons were going to get Tim Lewis to DLed, he than retweeted and many thought it was from him. That sent a major panic through Falcon Nation, but it was a little bit of a hoax. However, most of us absolutely think its a possibility given the “Koetter Effect,” as I like to call it.

Falcon Realist — Welcome if this is your first time. There’s nothing that you said that anyone can give a rebuttal to. I agree. Great coordinators find ways to make an impact, regardless of supreme talent. Even before this year, he was middle-of-the-road for the middle 3 years.

Jeff — Good point on Henning. Didn’t even think about that when I was typing it. I looked at some fans opinions and it seems pretty split. Some thought it was mostly his fault because his play-calling and design were boring and stale (sound familiar?). And others thought it was a product of terrible talent. Probably somewhere in the middle. My initial reaction was terrible (likely the correct one), but I’ve decided to force myself to get sued to it either until we hire a really terrible DC or until preseason. Just at least interview other candidates for Godsake.

denise

January 16th, 2012
11:27 pm

I am a fan, when the FALCONS become a real team and stop playing like high school boys, just mybe I can see the reason why they picked Dirk Koetter. If he is not going to HELP take us to the SUPER BOWL LEAVE HIM ALONG. That’s the real DEAL.

Screen Pass

January 16th, 2012
11:28 pm

Can we not forget someone can nut up and rescind this hire? Even if that means a HC vacancy? Can someone get smart and forgo the obvious upcoming train wreck and just end it now…clean break clean house?

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D3

January 16th, 2012
11:32 pm

Alright ya’ll, I’ll end with this from Dave Archer from twitter regarding the DC search…….

@archerqb16 Dave Archer
@DMF1120 haven’t heard that. Different name was here today interviewing.

This is a response to someone asking him if Tim Lewis was going to be named DC tomorrow. Scott Carasik of ScarDraft.com said that both Spaguonolo and Nolan have already interviewed. Again. this one’s a big one. This can either soothe an already nervous and panicky fan base or can drive us off the MF’n cliff.

Gotta hit the hay. Have a good nite ‘all!!!!!

Cheers!

Mr. Mustard

January 16th, 2012
11:38 pm

Arthur Blank commissioned consultants to determine common traits in successful organizations. Some of them are having a GM and Coach, not changing philosophies constantly, and clear responsibilities to name just a few.

Kotter’s hire fits the mold. Same system, same philosophy and won’t upset the precious apple cart of team chemistry. (Won’t challenge authority.)

All good things, I think.

What we need is a freaking offensive line, a scheme to get our talent the ball and then players who can break tackles.

Maybe Koetter is the guy, but until Dimitroff addresses the line(s) we will be mediocre.

Until White and Turner and Gonzalez suddenly create something and break the first tackle or two, then we will be on the downside.

Two more things; I hope we get a “star” defensive coordinator who has done it before in the NFL. We clearly need to learn how to be aggressive.

Also, we did NOT follow the program of cutting a player one year too soon, as opposed to one year too late with Gonzalez. The guy can barely run out there.

The good? Dimitroff acknowledged that they need “battling souls”. This “chemistry”
thing they preach so much, is good unless you have all milk drinkers and mortgage holders.

Better bring in someone who came from hard scrabble, who did not know where his next meal came from (at times).

Do a background check, include the question, “Have you ever hung out with the Vick brothers” (automatic dis-qualifier) but this choir boy act ain’t getting it done.

We need football players. Sometimes during the last two seasons, I began to realize more and more the team was going soft.

The two new coordinators are crucial to the team, and as Mark Bradley said so well – the Atlanta Falcons have become “corporate fair”.

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Heyward gets on base now

January 17th, 2012
12:17 am

Bad move. He’s experienced, yet unproven. Even though he’s had a lot of experience, I don’t like the move as there’s really nothing you can say to really back up the guy’s hiring. Sure he had one year in the top 10 and they had bad personnel this year, but I wouldn’t be going to the team that was dead last in the NFL in offense and getting their coordinator. It’s too risky.

Smitty and Dimitroff might want to pack their bags the way this is looking after next year. I hope I’m wrong, I really do.

Wabe

January 17th, 2012
12:23 am

Good to hear that D3.

Hope to get some good news tomorrow…

S.W.A.Ts

January 17th, 2012
12:53 am

There is a reason why we ATL have a rival in New Orleans WE BOTH WERE THE WORST FOR SO LONG!! WE FOUGHT TO BE BETTER THAN THE LAST, LAST PLACE TEAM. Mentally unbeleivable!???

Big Ray

January 17th, 2012
12:54 am

Not going to waste key strokes saying what’s already been said, or arguing against same.

Looking forward to hearing something about the DC hiring tomorrow.

just me

January 17th, 2012
1:13 am

I’m with Big Ray…about not wasting key strokes…just hopeful that tomorrow will bring excietment not that low gutteral I’m feeling sick that just recently occured. Now that I’ve added my feelings to the apple cart it’s back to soccer season here in Texas.

Keep up the great convos I need something to read while the soccer mom’s are on there way to pick-up the kids.

Ed

January 17th, 2012
1:30 am

Good breakdown D3, even trying to find a silver lining somewhere (he only has to be better than MM). Guess we didn’t want to shoot too high which brings us to the DC. I think Spags and Nolan are way too big for Smitty to bring one of them in. They might shake up things too much and even rock the boat and we certailnly wouldn’t want that now would we. Better to stick with a run of the mill candidtate that Smitty can easily control, or some ex-Jaguar like Del Rio. There you go we can became Jacksonville north.

falconsrus

January 17th, 2012
1:57 am

no more mularky the arrow is pointing up I hope koetter can cut through the mundane bs that we have grown accustom to screens to Quizz curls to Julio seams to Harry Ilike it

trademark

January 17th, 2012
3:18 am

Sooooo….on to the off-season debate, round 2. All I can say is this: if we hired someone good, we wouldn’t be arguing amongst ourselves. We’d be pumped. That alone speaks volumes to me.

Quote from his interview with DOL:
“Every team in the NFL knows that you have to be able to run it even when they know you’re going to run it. You have to be able to throw it even when they know you’re going to throw it.”

Meaning…run Turner up the middle, run Turner slightly off tackle, pass short of the first down marker and pray for YAC, punt. OK, I got some stuff wrong this year, I said it was probably Mularkey’s system that was so conservative. The fact that Mike Smith went after a coach that he knows damned good and well would not only run this same type of offense, but endorse it, shows it was Smith. He’s stubborn. He is old school run first and defend football, and he won’t change. In this, the Falcons’ current roster is already set, folks, we’ve seen for THE LAST 4 YEARS EXACTLY what they can mange with this offense. Win in the regular season, never spectacularly, and lose in the playoffs.

Wanna know the worst part of this predictable offense? The other team knows it. And not just the style, they know when and more importantly, WHERE every play is coming. Wanna know why our YAC is always short of the first down? because all they have to do is drop a linebacker and/or bring a safety in to cover the 1st down line. How many times do we have to see it before we accept it doesn’t get the results we want? In Mr. Smith’s world; until he gets fired.

The quote above is an offensive coordinator who openly admits that a team must rely on the players talent and execution to convert. HELLLLLLLOOOOOO????!!! What do you think we’ve JUST WATCHED ALL LAST YEAR? We won games on pure talent, not schemes. When both failed, because the other teams talent level matched or exceeded ours (i.e. Saints x2, Giants, Bears, etc.) we LOST.

I’ll play the wait and see game, because, well, I bleed red and black until the day I drop, and I have no choice.

But damn. This is Smith’s last hurrah. He convinced management to hire a guy he could share philosophies with. And it better work, not for his sake, he’s got nothing to lose. Let me clarify that last statement; he’s got NOTHING to lose. Why? He will win about 9 or 10 games again next year on talent alone (hopefully, unless our player’s are pissed off too and mail it in-then we’re looking at a Tampa Bay level meltdown) and be shown the door with one hell of a win/loss record. He’ll be set up to have his choice of NFL teams to coach. He don’t give a crap about us, folks. And fine, he’s smart that way. The life of a NFL coach isn’t fair. Hell, look at the list of HoF coaches who were shown the door. He hired his buddy because he was not going to be able to be hired ANYWHERE else in the league, believe it. Name one team that would have hired this guy as OC, and please, please tell me why they would do that.

It starts with the season ticket sales going down, Mr: Blank. I hope that gets your attention. It ends…well, we’ll have to wait and see.

..and if I’m wrong, I really hope crow tastes great, because I’ll eat every one in Kansas.

Tim Parker

January 17th, 2012
3:28 am

Ok…I will reserve judgement for now. I like the fact that this guy understands the importance of running the ball and the power of the screen pass. Mularkey’s offenses were atrocious at screen passes and it hurt us against good pass rush teams. The best way to slow down a pass rush is to use the screen.

Someone needs to work all off-season with Turner on receiving skills. I know Jaqueez is going to be the go to guy on third down, but part of the power of the screen is to run it on 1st and 2nd downs AND to use all skill positions on the screen: running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers.

I will take a wait and see approach. If you look statistically at the OL, we were sixth in the NFL. I don’t think a rebuild is in order, we just need to tweak it. I agree that we need to get some help, specifically depth at center and guard positions. I would like to see us add another stud tight end. Gonzales is not getting any younger.

Another thing…Whomever the new DC is, I hope he uses a hybrid scheme 3-4, 4-3. AND I hope he brings a new DB coach with him. The one we have sucks.

marko

January 17th, 2012
4:59 am

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marko

January 17th, 2012
5:18 am

Not the guy I would have picked, but I only know what I read. Smitty knows Dirk. He’s actually worked with him,and evidently he likes him enough to bet his future paychecks on the guy. That’s good enough for me.

I was thinking about Eric Weems. He was one of our best players before the genius’s at the No Fun League banned his position. Does anyone see any reason we couldn’t use him in a role similar to the way the Saints use Darren Sproles. He’s just too good a player to waste.

Rikus

January 17th, 2012
5:36 am

D3, I may have to stop reading your blog soon… I find you’ve become quite the pessimist of late. :/

One example:
“Obviously we fans aren’t privy to what actually played out, so we have to assume that there really wasn’t much of a process at all.”

I think that’s an outrageous assumption to make. This is a business, making a major hire to their staff… of course there was a process. We don’t know how many people they did or didn’t interview. Why assume the worst?

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Samuel

January 17th, 2012
5:50 am

We all know the more athletic the lineman, the better the screens work. Okay, Smith hired into his confort zone. Now he has to win in the post season, and he knows that. If this tandem doesn’t work they’ll both be shown the door.

SeminoleWarrior

January 17th, 2012
6:17 am

Quick hit…

Great write up D3. I can not add anything that has not already been addressed by the TeePee on Sunday or included in your posting here. Will sit back and see what the Tuesday news is? The interviews are ongoing/done……will it be Nolan or Spags? I’m doubtful. Sleepers: Tim Lewis or Mike Trgovac of Green Bay.

robertussen

January 17th, 2012
6:51 am

@trademark i dont like the hire either and kind of agree with you, but he was about to take the job with sabin at bama. not nfl but pretty big name school.

Chop Buster

January 17th, 2012
6:58 am

More talk of stretching the field and keeping opponents guessing. We shall see if it was a lack of quality players in Jacksonville or the coordinator. I hope it’s not the latter.

McNasty

January 17th, 2012
7:06 am

Wow I hope all of you GM’s and HC’s out there that had never even heard of Dirk before know more about his OC skills than the football professionals that actually have a job in the NFL. I am surprised D3 even is still indignant when DK’s XandO’s interview was so technically competent and showed a foundational concept that I think a cerebral QB like we have will flourish in.
I want to take names of all the TD and MS haters so we will know specifically who is so reactionary and has such limited football judgement come 9/1/12

JJ

January 17th, 2012
7:06 am

From the falcoholic, taints and falcons are finalist for Spag.

Ken Strickland

January 17th, 2012
7:13 am

D3-I feel your pain. However, I quickly realized that we didn’t need a complete makeover or restructuring of the OFF for it to be successful. You said it best when you said HE ONLY HAS TO BE BETTER THAN MULARKEY, and I think that was the thinking in Flowery Branch. I went into specific detail about what needed to be done to improve our OFF. I don’t see anything difficult or complicated about using screens and throwing swing passes to our RBs, improving our blocking scheme, to allow us to run outside more often, developing a vertical passing attack, rather than relying so heavily on possession routes, and being far less predictable and conservative in our play selection.

Just doing these common sense things will cause a vast improvement in our overall OFF, and this is certainly within his grasp. With everyones job being on the line, especially Smitty’s, Blank and TD will certainly clean house if we don’t have a satisfactory season and playoff run. So, I’m hoping this will encourage a clueless MSmith to keep his hands to himself when it comes to interferring with his OFF/DEF coordinators attempts to establish and impliment their approach and systems.

I believe TD, ABlank, and Smitty believed reestablishing our dominance as a rushing OFF was more important than improving our passing OFF. And despite the extremely low rankings of Koetter’s passing OFF, and OFF overall during his tenure in Jacksonville, and how we might judge him based on that alone, his rushing OFF consistently remained solid and ranked at or near the top. I believe the thinking in Flowery Branch was, if Koetter can establish and maintain a top tier rushing OFF, with a totally none supportive passing OFF, what might he be able to accomplish in Atlanta with a passing OFF that features a Probowl QB(MRyan), TE(TGonzalez), WR(RWhite) and RB(MTurner), along with a future Probowl WR(JJones)?

If we get past our shock and disappointment, we can see where it starts to make sense.

Ken Strickland

January 17th, 2012
7:23 am

JJ-Even though we have better individual talent on DEF than New Orleans, how motivated do you think a high demand DC like Spagnuolo would be to choose us over the Saints knowing our HC is on the HOTSEAT, while their HC is firmly entrenched, and they have a Superbowl caliber OFF, while we definitely don’t? We keep forgetting to factor in one very important fact, THE CHOICE ISN’T UP TO US, OR ANY TEAM, IT’S ALWAYS UP TO THE CANDIDATE.

Unca' Bob

January 17th, 2012
7:23 am

“If we get past our shock and disappointment, we can see where it starts to make sense.”- KS

Well put.

Screen Pass

January 17th, 2012
7:26 am

“I want to take names of all the TD and MS haters so we will know specifically who is so reactionary and has such limited football judgement come 9/1/12″ – McCreepy

Hi I’m Screen Pass. Mularkey didn’t like me much but I hear Smitty is looking for me. Cooter likes my sister Bubbles it seems. What creepy nasty plans do you have for all those names?

Morn all. Seems the trolls are liking the digs. Can’t wait to see the fireworks after the DC pick. Today could be fun or Smitty and crew are gonna find out what “explosive” off the field means.

Screen Pass

January 17th, 2012
7:33 am

“You said it best when you said HE ONLY HAS TO BE BETTER THAN MULARKEY, and I think that was the thinking in Flowery Branch.” – KS

So we shoot for 3 points from the offense next time…up from zero? I would have aimed higher myself…but what would I know.

Coop

January 17th, 2012
7:45 am

Screen Pass – Keep it going brother. I didn’t see the post from McCreepy, but he can add my name to the list.

Hi, I’m Coop. I’m in San Antonio, but I can travel to Atlanta in September if needed… September 1st… is that all it will take for Cooter to prove himself? I must have limited football judgement, cause I would think it would take more than 4 preseason games and maybe one regular season game to render judgement. Huh?

Just goes to show how smart that koolaid can make ya’.

Screen Pass

January 17th, 2012
7:49 am

“Just goes to show how smart that koolaid can make ya’.” – Coop

LOL!! I see some have been swigging back deep from the Homeraide bottle. I can’t blame em’…It is better than the pain that is coming.

trademark

January 17th, 2012
7:52 am

McNasty,

Hi, I’m trademark. TD is a wet ehind the ears GM who makes more mistakes than good calls, and MS has ALL the rope he needs to hang himself, because he sold Blank on hiring his conservative pal.

“limited football judgement”…damnit, you made me laugh out my coffee this morning….

A Jags Fan

January 17th, 2012
7:58 am

Take this into consideration Falcons fans, from a Jags fan,..you just gave us the worst possible HC choice in MM, and we just gave you the worst person to be an OC. Fair is Fair. You are now probably going to suck as much as we have/will/used to/do/whatever. I mean really? Koetter? Why? We all figured he’d be back in college by now. Have fun with him, he’s about as creative as an elementary school gym teacher.

JJ

January 17th, 2012
8:01 am

Ken, if he wants to be a HC again, he will come here.

Big Ray

January 17th, 2012
8:03 am

McNasty ,

You do know that this is a blog, right? Virtual threats are empty ones, but I see that both you and some of my Cage mates are willing to engage.

WTF-ever. I sometimes really, really wish this was a live sports bar and not a blog. But I’m beginning to have primitive thoughts, so let’s just quit that train….

Any news/rumors on the new DC? No?

Damn.

Screen Pass

January 17th, 2012
8:03 am

“Take this into consideration Falcons fans, from a Jags fan,..you just gave us the worst possible HC choice in MM, and we just gave you the worst person to be an OC. ” – A Jags Fan

True, but we ended up the Faguars. It sucks for us both but hey…some homers here keep telling me how great Koetter is. They couldn’t be wrong and you could be a troll….hhmm…why do I believe you?

Big Ray

January 17th, 2012
8:05 am

Jags Fan,

Assuming you’re not really yet another mortally dissatisfied Falcons fan….good luck. I won’t waste my time on expanded opinions. I’m not in the mood today to deal with the venom of yesterday.

BigLou

January 17th, 2012
8:08 am

Ken

On the comment about Spag…

Um… that would motivate me greatly if the boss that’s hiring me is likely to get fired. That means I get his job eventually… that’s not a very good case.

trademark

January 17th, 2012
8:08 am

Sucks we’re fighting. I guess we can’t include “unifier” under Koetter’s resume….

BigLou

January 17th, 2012
8:11 am

McEstrogen

We are entitled to our own opinions. Just like you were entitled to beat on your chest in a blog. Way to go champ!

A Jags Fan

January 17th, 2012
8:12 am

@Screen Pass: You don’t have to believe me bro,.I’m just checking sites out since the hiring/firing stage. From what I’ve SEEN/READ..MM is not going to be our answer. I also don’t think Koettner will help you either. I know they asked him to polish turds while here, but the dude is like a rock. You’ll get great answers, just not results. I actually feel bad for ya’ll. I might feel worse for us if MM is as bad ya’ll say he is. From what I understand and I don’t follow the Falcons much, for a guy that used to be extolled as a creative guru MM was about as as predictable and plodding as any OC could be. Maybe, I’m not sure. I’m also not sure who came out better on this deal. I feel cheated but relieved if that makes any sense.