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What Is Wrong With Falcons Backup Quarterbacks?

August 20th, 2014 No comments
Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Dirk Koetter

It looked like the Atlanta Falcons had finally decided to address their lack of experience at the quarterback position behind starter Matt Ryan this past June when they acquired T.J. Yates via trade from the Houston Texans.

However that decision has yet to pay dividends.

Yates is coming off a very poor performance in the team’s second preseason action against his former team, where he threw two interceptions and had a couple more passes that could have easily been turnovers.

In June, I outlined reasons why the team’s acquisition of Yates was a good move. Those reasons were centered on the fact that Yates had experience as a starter, something the team lacked at the time in reserves Dominique Davis, Sean Renfree and Jeff Mathews, all of whom hardly had any NFL experience.

While by no means did I want to suggest that Yates was a particularly good backup option, he certainly was better than what the team had. And for a Falcons organization that has a tendency to twiddle its thumbs even when there are fairly obvious roster issues, striving for better was at least a step in the right direction if not ultimately the solution.

However, 2014 is a critical year for this team and its coaching staff. At this point for Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who faces scrutiny coming off a 4-12 season, every win that he can get in 2014 matters.

And thus, if having a competent backup quarterback can mean the difference of winning one more game if the team finds itself in the absence of Ryan, then that one decision could ultimately decide Smith’s fate.

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Why Atlanta Falcons Offensive Philosophy Is Flawed

May 22nd, 2014 4 comments
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons could Learn a lot from Bruce Arians’ style of play

If you were a regular reader of my Moneyball reviews of Atlanta Falcons games in 2013, you probably recall how much I harped on the lack of big plays in the Falcons offense.

Watching All-22 film of the games, it was clear to me that the Falcons offense stagnated without the explosive element to their offense. But how clearly the link between offensive success and big plays for the Falcons did not become fully realized until well after the season.

That was thanks to some research I did this spring to look at the number of 20-yard plays the team generated in 2013. In the time since, I’ve also done similar research for 2012 just to confirm that this past year’s results weren’t just a one-year aberration.

I looked at all the “big plays” (i.e. plays that gained 20 or more yards) the team has made over the past two years and drives upon which they occurred, to see if the Falcons managed to score points on those drives.

And there’s one clear conclusion: the chances the Falcons offense scores goes up significantly if they can generate big plays of 20 or more yards.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 58 “Is Matt Ryan Elite? Regardless Get Clowney!”

February 19th, 2014 Comments off

I was joined by long-time Atlanta Falcons fan and season ticket holder Danny Lanier to discuss whether quarterback Matt Ryan is elite and if he’s not, then what he and/or the team need to do in order for him to take that next step. We discuss the lack of signature moments for Ryan as a pro and Danny questions whether the team needs to refocus its identity around improving the defense by acquiring a trascendent star. I wonder if Ryan is too cerebral and compare the Falcons’ 2013 season to their playoff loss to the New York Giants in 2011. Danny weighs in on his thoughts on the Falcons planned personal seat licenses (PSLs) at the new stadium, as well as whether Ryan could benefit from the departure of Tony Gonzalez. We both give our expectations for the upcoming season at the end of the episode.

Episode 58: Is Matt Ryan Elite? Regardless Get Clowney! [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Danny wrote a pair of articles for the Falcholic which can be found here:

Feb. 4: Has the Super Bowl Window Already Closed on Matt Ryan and the Falcons?
Feb. 10: So…What Does Matt Ryan Need To Do To Become an “Elite” QB?

And don’t forget Allen Strk writes for TJRSports.com as well as the Pro Football Spot. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

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Browns Hire Pettine; Koetter stays in Atlanta

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

The Cleveland Browns announced today that they have hired Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their new head coach, ending the possibility that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter would take over that team. Koetter was said to have interviewed with the Browns this week for their vacant head coaching position. The hiring of Pettine fills all the vacancies for head coaching positions in the NFL, likely ending any potential turnover the Falcons could have on their coaching staff this year.

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Browns Now Looking at Dirk Koetter as Head Coach

January 21st, 2014 Comments off

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Dirk Koetter

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will interview for the vacant head coaching position for the Cleveland Browns.

No timing on when the interview will occur, although it will likely occur within the next day or two. The Browns remain the only NFL team with a vacancy at head coach. Koetter was linked to the Browns a year ago for the same job before opting to sign an extension to stay on with the Falcons. That was followed by the subsequent hire of Rob Chudzinski by the Browns. Chudzinski was then fired after one season when the Browns finished 4-12 after beginning the 2013 season 3-2.

Browns officials are currently in Mobile, Alabama along with representatives from every NFL team to watch Senior Bowl practices. The Falcons are coaching the North team, and it makes sense that the Browns would take advantage of the access they gain from Koetter being there. Word of Koetter’s impending interview comes in the wake of news that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase has withdrawn his name from the Browns’ search. The Browns are scheduled to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine tonight in Mobile, according to reports. It is likely Koetter’s interview will occur shortly thereafter.

Koetter was a candidate this past fall for the head coaching job at Boise State University before the school opted to hire someone else. Koetter is finishing his second season as the Falcons offensive coordinator. Prior to joining the Falcons, he spent five seasons in the same role with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to his time in Jacksonville, Koetter was a head coach on the college ranks for nine years where compiled records of 26-10 at Boise State and 40-34 at Arizona State.

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Boise State Finds Coach and It’s Not Dirk Koetter

December 11th, 2013 Comments off

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports tweets that Boise State University is expected to hire Bryan Harsin as it’s next head coach. Harsin was a candidate for the vacant position, alongside current Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Both Harsin and Koetter interviewed for the position this past Monday, and reports surfaced that talks between Koetter and the school were heating up after he conducted a second interview with officials on Tuesday.

Harsin is a former assistant with Boise State, who served as their offensive coordinator from 2006-10, before joining the staff at the University of Texas where he shared play-calling duties with Major Applewhite for two seasons. He then was hired last year to become the head coach at Arkansas State, posting a 7-5 record as that team is set to play Ball State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in January.

Koetter was formerly the head coach at Boise State for three seasons, posting a 26-10 record from 1998-00. He then became the head coach at Arizona State, where he compiled a 40-34 record before joining the ranks of NFL assistant coaches when he accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007. He served in that role for five seasons before being hired by the Falcons in 2012.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 51 “A Weird, Bad Team”

December 11th, 2013 Comments off

Allen and I discuss the Atlanta Falcons Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers, as well as preview their Week 15 matchup against the Washington Redskins. Some of the topics hit this week include: my newfound hatred for Harry Douglas, Mike Smith’s fourth down decision making, Corey Peters’ sack dance, debut of Zeke Motta, Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon’s play at linebacker, Jonathan Massaquoi’s improvement, Steven Jackson’s expendability, and Dirk Koetter’s potential departure. As usual, we discuss the rest of the league as well, including the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and Rob Gronkowski’s injury.

Episode 51: A Weird, Bad Team [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Allen writes for TJRSports.com as well as the Pro Football Spot. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

If you have any questions and comments, you can hit us up on Twitter, post in the forums in the podcast thread, or drop an e-mail at: pudge@falcfans.com.

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Koetter to Interview for Boise State Job

December 9th, 2013 Comments off

Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman reports that Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be interviewed by Boise State University officials today for that school’s vacant head coaching position. The job came open this past week, when long-time Boise State head coach Chris Petersen accepted the head coaching position at the University of Washington. Per Cripe, Koetter’s interview will be conducted via phone due to travel issues as the Falcons prep for their upcoming matchup against the Washington Redskins this week.

Koetter previously was the head coach at Boise State, and can be credited with starting the success that the school’s football program has seen over the past sixteen seasons with a 171-33 record and a 12 consecutive bowl appearances. Koetter’s Bronco teams went 26-10 over three seasons (1998-00) before landing the head coaching position at Arizona State in 2001. There he compiled a 40-34 record over six seasons before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars as offensive coordinator in 2007. He became the Falcons offensive coordinator in 2012 and saw immediate success in Atlanta. However, this year he has faced much scrutiny over the team’s offensive struggles.

Koetter was a candidate for multiple vacant head coaching jobs last season thanks to his initial success with the Falcons.

Cripe suggests that Boise State will move quickly to replace Petersen, suggesting that we will know quickly whether Koetter will remain the Falcons offensive coordinator or move on.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 50 “Dirk Koetter’s Middle Finger to the Podcast”

December 4th, 2013 Comments off

Allen and I are back to discuss the Atlanta Falcons win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 13; discussing some of the positives/negatives we saw in the game, including: Antone Smith, deep passing, Roddy White, Osi Umenyiora and the pass rush, Paul Worrilow and the run defense, as well as the futures of Robert McClain, Thomas DeCoud, and Steven Jackson for the umpteenth time. We then kick over to previewing the Falcons upcoming matchup in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers, with how each team matches up against one another. We close out with our usual “Around the League” segment discussing some of the more interesting games from Week 13 as well as some of the more promising games coming in Week 14. This episode does contain some minor NSFW language.

Episode 50: Dirk Koetter’s Middle Finger to the Podcast [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 4 minutes

Allen writes for TJRSports.com as well as the Pro Football Spot. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

If you have any questions and comments, you can hit us up on Twitter, post in the forums in the podcast thread, or drop an e-mail at: pudge@falcfans.com.

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FalcFans Podcast – Ep. 49 “Harry Douglas, the Perfect Trade Bait”

November 27th, 2013 Comments off

On this week’s episode, Allen and I discuss the Atlanta Falcons Week 12 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. This week’s recap topics include: 1-Struggles of William Moore and Sean Weatherspoon; 2-Possible replacements for Asante Samuel; 3-Offensive line and whether it’s stepping up or down; 4-Darius Johnson; 5-Lost confidence in management of the team and Dirk Koetter; 6-Mike Smith’s questionable fourth down call; 7-Concerns about Roddy White; 8-Harry Douglas and his value to the team going forward; Then we look ahead to the Falcons Week 13 contest against the Buffalo Bills and which matchups we don’t like, particularly with a focus on the fearsome Bills pass rush; Later we discuss Osi Umenyiora, Mario Williams, and give our score predictions on the Falcons-Bills game; As usual it’s followed by a detailed “Around the League” discussion in which division battles in the NFC East and NFC North are focused upon. This episode does contain some minor NSFW language!

Episode Ep. 49 Harry Douglas, the Perfect Trade Bait [Download]

Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes

Allen writes for TJRSports.com as well as the Pro Football Spot. His twitter handle is: @Allen_Strk.

If you have any questions and comments, you can hit us up on Twitter, post in the forums in the podcast thread, or drop an e-mail at: pudge@falcfans.com.

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