Atlanta Falcons offense thriving under Dirk Koetter

Nov 14, 2012, 9:04 PM | Updated: 9:31 pm

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s time at Arizona State won’t be remembered as a golden era of Sun Devil football.

Koetter was the head coach in Tempe from 2001 to 2006 and finished with a career record of 40-34. He was under .500 in conference play at 21-28, and the most wins the Sun Devils had in a single season during his tenure was nine.

His first season as the architect of the Atlanta offense has gone significantly better.

“A lot of the offense has stayed the same,” said Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. “I think that’s one of the things that’s helped us. Dirk came in and changed a lot of his terminology to the terminology we’ve had. I think that’s helped everyone in the transition.”

Adjusting to your personnel instead of being stubborn and sticking with what you know is an underrated part of good coaching. The goal is to get the most out of the players even if it means leaving your comfort zone.

Just because the terminology has remained the same doesn’t mean Koetter hasn’t made any changes to the Falcons’ offense. Last season, under offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, Atlanta averaged 25 points per game. Under Koetter that number has jumped up to 27 points per game through nine contests.

“I think he has brought some different elements to our offense,” continued Ryan. “He’s done a great job with the vertical passing and also helped us in terms of screens.”

The Falcons passing offense has improved from 262 yards per game last season to 292 yards this year. Atlanta has also increased its yards per attempt, from 7.3 to 7.9.

Koetter won’t truly be judged until we see if the Falcons’ offensive success in the regular season carries over to the playoffs. With Matt Ryan at the helm in three playoff games, Atlanta’s offense has averaged under 12 points.

If he is able to help the Falcons advance in the playoffs, maybe Dirk Koetter will get another shot at being a head coach. Except this time, it won’t be at the college level.

Life Changer Loans


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Ward (29) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati B...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals Corner: Arizona standouts aplenty in win over Bengals

Arizona Sports' Cardinals reporter Tyler Drake and 98.7 FM's Erik Ruby give their top standouts in the team's 36-23 win over the Bengals.
9 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, left, talks with quarterback Kyler Murray during the ...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury ‘impressed’ with Kyler Murray’s play-calling

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury handed over play-calling duties to QB Kyler Murray in the team's 36-23 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
1 day ago
(Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)...
Tyler Drake

Victor Dimukeje, Trace McSorley pace Arizona Cardinals in rout of Bengals

Arizona Cardinals OLB Victor Dimukeje and QB Trace McSorley made the most of their opportunities in Friday's win over the Bengals.
9 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley looks for a receiver during the team's NFL football pr...
Kellan Olson

Trace McSorley throws TD in 1st preseason drive, Cardinals beat Bengals

The Arizona Cardinals' first series of the preseason was a positive one and they never looked back from there to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
1 day ago
Greg Dortch #83 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a catch while being tackled by Bookie Radley-Hiles #...
Kellan Olson

Greg Dortch keeps making plays for Cardinals with great grab, long return

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch has made big catches all camp long and he kept it going in his first preseason game this year.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andre Baccellia (82) pulls in a pass for a touchdown in front of Ci...
Kellan Olson

Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Baccellia ruled out due to ankle injury

Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Baccellia will not return in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an ankle injury.
1 day ago
Atlanta Falcons offense thriving under Dirk Koetter