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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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Former Falcon Brooking signs with Broncos

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech linebacker Keith Brooking has signed with the Denver Broncos.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

The 14-year pro played the last three seasons in Dallas after an 11-year career in Atlanta.

Brooking, 36, played in all 16 regular season games for 11 consecutive years but he started just three games last year with the Cowboys, when he was supplanted by Sean Lee.

Brooking recorded 34 tackles in 2011, his lowest total since his rookie season.

“We had him in for a workout and thought he looked outstanding,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

More NFL news:

— 38-year-old Terrell Owens agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

– Veteran safety Brodney Pool, signed in the offseason by the Cowboys to improve their secondary, was cut just a week into camp.

– Tebowmania turned into Wrestlemania at the New York …

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Report: Saints offer Brees record contract

Drew Brees would make more than Peyton Manning's $19.2 million a year. (AP Photo)

Drew Brees would make more than Peyton Manning’s $19.2 million a year. (AP Photo)

Falcons fans hoping the Saints’ miseries would be extended by failing to sign their best player will be dismayed to learn that the team has offered Drew Brees the richest contract in NFL history.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that the team and Brees are close to a five-year deal that would pay him between $19.2 million and $20 million a year — surpassing the $19.2 million a year the Denver Broncos are paying Peyton Manning.

The two sides have until July 16 to reach an agreement. If they don’t, Brees will have to play the final year of his contract at a meager $16.4 million under the franchise tag the team has applied to him. And he’d have to wait until after the season to negotiate a new deal.

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What was your favorite Super Bowl ad?

Coca-Cola's "Hard Times" spot featured characters from "The Simpsons." (Coca-Cola Co.)

Coca-Cola's "Hard Times" spot featured characters from "The Simpsons." (Coca-Cola Co.)

The Super Bowl is more than just a game.

While fans of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts have a rooting interest in the game others watch just for the fanfare and the commercials.

CBS charged about $2.5 million per 30-second spot. Thirty-five companies or groups paid to air spots in this year’s game.

This year’s offerings range from the serious — Focus on the Family’s controversial Tim Tebow spot — to the humorous — Denny’s spot warning chickens to get out of town.

So, which ones had you rooting to see it again and during which ones did you get up for seconds (or thirds)?

Here are some of the highlights:

• Dwight Howard and LeBron James got things started with a recreation of Michael Jordan and Larry Bird’s famous “The Showdown” Super Bowl ad from McDonald’s of 17 years ago.

Betty White felt better after a Snickers bar.

Betty White felt better after a Snickers bar.

• Betty White showed she could take a hit, particularly …

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

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  • B: Good
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  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

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  • D: Poor
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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

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  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

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  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

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  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

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  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

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  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

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  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ coaches?

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  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Faclons’ effort Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ coaches?

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

AJC

AJC

What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ coaches?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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