I like to read the OFMB, sometimes the Roost and this forum because you get a panoply of different perspectives. This guy on the OFMB summed it up very nicely for me: I despise this hire. It is literally the worst, laziest hire we possibly could have made. Dirk Koetter has proven nothing in this league, and only proven to be able to beat mediocre teams in his college experience with no significant wins against good competition. He helped beat the Steelers, but look at the stat line from that game: http://www.nfl.com/g...ers#tab=analyze
(3 Roethlesberger INTs, including a pick 6 by Mathis)
I have to seriously question this move, and if anyone from Falcons sees this post, maybe they could entertain us with getting some answers.
Since the hiring of Mike Smith, the Falcons have struggled winning important primetime games, games against elite teams, and most importantly playoff games. What on Dirk Koetter's resume says that he is the guy that can get this offense to a level where it can outscore teams like the Saints, Packers, Eagles, and Giants
? When has this guy ever had a team play above it's talent level? No one can dispute the lack of talent on the Jaguars, but does any Offensive coordinator deserve a job of the same level after having his offense continually regress year after year until it's literally the worst in the league?
I understand that all signs pointed to Mularkey leaving, and that there was probably time to evaluate candidates before we ever knew he was getting the Jaguars coaching job. But less than a week after another one and done playoff loss, did the Atlanta Falcons actually interview any other candidates, and without any doubt is Dirk Koetter the best candidate available
? Was waiting one day for a potential interview with Tom Clements not worth it? Was going to the Jacksonville Jaguars really the best model to base what you believe to be the remedy of our offensive issues? I'm sorry, but considering that Mike Smith brought the Jacksonville Jaguar philosophy into the building 4 years ago, with limited success, is going back to that well the wisest for getting this team over the top? Did the Atlanta Falcons look across the NFL and College landscape to find the best candidate to build a dynamic offense around their franchise QB, and elite weapons, or did they simply go get Mike Smith's buddy from his old team because he was comfortable with him? Does that decision coincide with what we were promised in Arthur Blank's press conference
One year from now, if we have not improved what will this hire look like?
If we had gone with a candidate from a winning organization and failed how would that be perceived by the media?
At least if you step outside the box, you looked like you tried, but to go with the lazy, comfortable, "go with who you know" approach, you look too scared to shake things up. How can you respect a decision like this?
I have come to realize that all of Mike Smith's decisions are based off of fear
. On the field, and now apparently off the field. We need to be convinced that out of all the potential candidates to fix our offense, Dirk Koetter was the absolute best candidate available. Until I get that answer, and I'm not saying I'm important enough to deserve it, but I am not going to be very optimistic on the future of this team, nor should I feel like I have to be convinced to.
That said, we need to know, was Dirk Koetter the best possible choice for this team?
I hope i'm wrong, but I deserve to have my doubts. "