Falcons coordinator tops coach candidate lists

With Dirk Koetter (left), Matt Ryan and the Falcons have the No. 6 passing offense in the NFL. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

With Dirk Koetter (left), Matt Ryan and the Falcons have the No. 6 passing offense in the NFL. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is drawing interest of NFL teams with newly created coaching vacancies.

Foxsports.com reported Monday that Koetter will likely spend the playoff bye week being interviewed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. He is scheduled to talk to Kansas City on Tuesday.

With Koetter calling plays, Atlanta has the No. 8 offense in the league and the NFL’s sixth-ranked passing offense.

Koetter joined the Falcons, who went 13-3 this season, after Mike Mularkey become the head coach in Jacksonville.

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mistadolla

December 31st, 2012
2:45 pm

Eisendawg

December 31st, 2012
2:45 pm

Anxious to see if this years Falcons will get past the 1st round.

Jesse

December 31st, 2012
2:59 pm

Well, if he goes they can always call Jerry Glanville.

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Turtle Man

December 31st, 2012
3:24 pm

Here we go again! Another coordinator not focused on the playoffs.

Please, please keep him focused, Smitty and Dimitroff!!!!

Runs with Scissors

December 31st, 2012
3:27 pm

Strange….The ESPN beat writer for the NFC south has stated neither of the coordinators for the Falcons are on anyone’s radars.

Iluvnutella

December 31st, 2012
3:48 pm

Bobby Cox, oops I mean Mike Smith, is sure gonna miss his OC.

Klock

December 31st, 2012
3:55 pm

Falcons better draft a RB who can hit the hole and not draft a midget.

padre

December 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

rb in ist round

Falcon Fan

December 31st, 2012
3:59 pm

I wish the Falcons would have a rule that NO ONE can talk until ALL games are done. This just makes sense.

Heisenberg

December 31st, 2012
4:03 pm

If Koetter does get a HC job, no worries……………Mike Mularkey will soon be available.

The Real Falcon

December 31st, 2012
4:09 pm

Too many openings not to lose someone. We need to be pro-active and be looking our selves.

The Real Falcon

December 31st, 2012
4:11 pm

Have you seen what Mularkey did in Minn? Please!

The Real Falcon

December 31st, 2012
4:12 pm

Calling Mike Smith Bobby Cox is a joke. Or you are.

The Real Falcon

December 31st, 2012
4:13 pm

The issue with our running game is the OL not the RB. Either you don’t watch the game or you don’t know football.

Call up Bobo!

December 31st, 2012
4:17 pm

Is this gonna be a one night stand from Dirk Diggler?

extremus

December 31st, 2012
4:41 pm

That’s the downside of having good coaches; other teams with coaching vacancies can offer them higher, more lucrative positions. My concern should Koetter (and/or Nolan) leave is that with each new coach that comes in there would be different philosophies, styles, and schemes, some of which might not mesh or be picked up as quickly as the Falcons were fortunate enough to see happen this season.

My advice: consider this yet another “window” that’s closing soon, after which we have no idea what may happen. The time to win the Superbowl is NOW.

Oh, and I agree with a previous poster’s comment that other teams should have ZERO access to our coaches until the Falcons are finished playing (preferably after the Superbowl, of course). It’s only fair and I think that should be a standard courtesy around the league if it isn’t in place already.

Cornbread Earl

December 31st, 2012
4:46 pm

Take Mike Smith please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Falcon fan

December 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

Mike Cox Smith is who he is. One and done. Maybe DK will leave and he can get MM back.
You said Mularkey, above but you mean Bill Musgrave, he was quarterback coach for Matt Ryan for first three years. He was also Mike Vick QB coach while Dan Reeves was with falcons.
Musgrave was best coach for falcons. They kept the wrong one, MM.
Mike Nolan is too good of coach too stay with falcons. he will leave for greener pasture. That is his history. Brian Van Gorder is available. With he and MM back with Head coach Mike Bobby Cox Smith the falcons will be back of Ain’ts, Bucs and Panthers next year. JUST SAYING!!!! I know this maked some fans mad, but its true . Wake up. I have been a fan of falcons from first year with Nobis!! They are will not change.

Falcon fan

December 31st, 2012
4:52 pm

IT MM does not come back. Raiders fired Knapp. He would fit in good with Mike Cox Smith

Bird watcher

December 31st, 2012
5:06 pm

Timeing is just perfect,allways a distraction!

ggp

December 31st, 2012
5:25 pm

Here is an idea. Enjoy the success we are having.

Mr. Hankey (Pankey.)

December 31st, 2012
5:31 pm

Hey Artie, instead of building a monument to your ego in Dtwon Atlanta when we have a PERFECTLY good GA Dome why don’t you pay the OC and DC enough to keep them happy though for the life if my I can’t see how yesterday’s offense which was VERY OFFENSIVE would draw the interest of a pop warner team. If the Falcons allow a 5ft 10 rookie QB to come in the Dome and beat us all this hand wringing will be moot as they will be THE JOKE OF THE NFL FOR YEARS TO COME. Could you imagine Brady or Manning even letting such thoughts enter their minds? But you can be Flowery Branch is thinking a plenty. I was seriously ill after watching that GARBAGE yesterday and have literally lost hope that we will turn a corner. ALL SHAME that comes our way from national media will be RICHLY deserved if we allow a 5ft 10 rookie with a 5th year MVP candidate QB to come in here and have is way like a bully on the school yard taking the Falcons lunch money. I FOR ONE will cease forever to be a fan. And before you quote long timer’s back from the Nobis days chime in about how I’m not a fan, well, you are dad gum wrong about that. I am simply sick of being sick. Isn’t that what the drunks and addicts to when they get sick and tired of being sick and tired? And now Blank wants to build a stadium with OUR FRIGGIN MONEY in a WORSE NEIGHBORHOOD and CHARGE US for the right to even be able to purchase tickets to HIS Atlanta Falcons. Are you yanking my chain, ART? Paaaaaleeeeeeeze. ‘Nuf sed.

Yowza, yowza, yowza

December 31st, 2012
5:36 pm

Mr. Hankey (Pankey.): You are absolutely brilliant and right on point. Never heard it put better and strongly agree with all your points and will plan on leaving the Falcon family if the choke again.

McNasty

December 31st, 2012
5:39 pm

so what are you A*** s going to say about coach smith when we get to the super bowl. These blogs are for children

Art Vandelay

December 31st, 2012
5:40 pm

Mr. Hankey, step away from the ledge. How did an article about Koetter interviewing for head coaching jobs set you off on that kind of tantrum? No coordinator is going to turn down an opportunity to interview for a head coaching job, regardless of their salary. These guys are climbing the ladder just like anyone else. Settle down and try to enjoy the new year.

Cornbread Earl

December 31st, 2012
6:39 pm

Smoke another one McNasty!

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 31st, 2012
7:23 pm

Dirk needs to recognize he is a career coordinator and is not a leader of men! He will be a head coach for 3 years then fired because the pro’s will tune him out! The man was one game over 500 at Arizona State because the players tuned him out! I mean come on stop this nonsense of recycling these failed coaches and get some new blood in their!