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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:00 am 
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Falcons' Matt Ryan excited that Dirk Koetter staying with team
Published: January 2, 2013


Falcons' Matt Ryan excited that Dirk Koetter staying with team
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Offensive coordinator signs contract extension with Falcons

By GEORGE HENRY

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Quarterback Matt Ryan is enjoying his best season in five years with the Atlanta Falcons.

So it's no wonder Ryan was delighted to hear that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter won't be leaving to take a head coaching job with another NFL team.

"The thing I think everybody respects and likes the most is that he trusts our guys to go out there and make the plays," Ryan said on Wednesday. "He's not afraid to be aggressive. It's been fun."

Ryan has worked just one season with Koetter, who has signed a contract extension to stay with the team through 2014, and the results have been impressive for the NFC's No. 1 playoff seed.

Roddy White and Julio Jones each have over 1,000 yards receiving. Tight end Tony Gonzalez leads the team in catches, and Ryan is having his best season as a five-year professional.

The only drawback has been the substantial decline of production from running back Michael Turner, but Ryan credits the coach's game plans and play-calling in helping the Falcons (13-3) enjoy bye week before they host a divisional round game Jan. 13.

"I think he does a great job of putting all of our guys in position to succeed," Ryan said. "He changes it up and puts different guys out there at different times."

Koetter's name surfaced this week as a head coaching candidate in Cleveland, Kansas City and Philadelphia. The Falcons moved to re-sign Koetter after his interview with Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt on Tuesday.

Atlanta head coach Mike Smith declined to give details of the developments involving Koetter and other job offers.

"I don't want to really get into any of the details," Smith said. "Dirk is going to be here with us. He informed me of that last night. We talked at length. That's where we're at right now."

Koetter, who spent the previous five years as coordinator in Jacksonville, oversees an offense that ranks second in third-down efficiency, seventh in scoring and fewest sacks allowed and eighth in total yards.

Much of the Falcons' success offensively has been credited to the numbers produced by Ryan, White, Gonzalez and Jones, but Koetter doesn't rely solely on his stars.

Everyone seems to get some action because Koetter has five potential receiving targets on the field for nearly every snap.

Relatively anonymous players like receiver Drew Davis, tight end Michael Palmer and offensive tackle Mike Johnson have caught touchdown passes.

Some personnel groupings include reserve running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling on the field for the same play. And opponents don't know if White, Jones or even Gonzalez will line up wide, in the slot or in the backfield.

"Using all your guys keeps everybody motivated, gives everybody something to prepare for each week," Koetter said last week. "I think our high this year was 32 personnel groups. We usually average in the low 20s with how many different combinations of guys. It's fun for the guys and lets the coaches who have different parts of the game plan be creative in how we use our guys."

Koetter's hiring last January was greeted with mixed emotions.

He had overseen a balanced attack during his first four years with Jacksonville as the Jaguars ranked 13th in total offense, seventh in rushing, fifth in third-down conversions and first in fewest interceptions.

But Jacksonville all but collapsed in 2011 as rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled and the Jaguars finished last in total offense and in yards passing. Their 15.2 scoring average ranked 29th.

When he arrived in Atlanta, Koetter wanted to earn the trust of his new players quickly so he went out of his way to keep his playbook simple.

"I think one of the biggest things that helped throughout the situation was him adapting to the terminology and a lot of the concepts that we had used and kind of the one guy changing for the mass as opposed to the mass changing for one guy," Ryan said. "I think guys respected that and really appreciated that."

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:08 am 
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This article talks about using multiple formations and making use of all of the players. A worthwhile point about Koetter and his offense.

It makes me think about moving forward for the Falcons with their draft record, that instead of using their late picks on guys that will likely be career backups on defense as they have in recent years (e.g. Schillinger, Mitchell, Matthews, Robertson, Adkins), they should instead use those picks on players for the offensive skill positions. Those offensive guys would also be backups, but because of the nature of the offense would be able to make more significant contributions in limited reps.

They should use more 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks on backup RBs, WRs, and TEs, and/or guys that can help out in the return game. Looking at this past year's draft, players like RBs Alfred Morris, Daryl Richardson, Vick Ballard, Bryce Brown, TEs Taylor Thompson and James Hanna, WRs like LaVon Brazill and Marvin Jones were 5th, 6th, and 7th rounders.

IMO if they were to shift towards using more of their earlier round picks on OL, DL, CB, it might be a better strategy.

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I certainly hope that we start shifting our draft strategy to the lines.


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