According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who cites a number of league and team sources, the Falcons have hired former Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter to be the new offensive playcaller for the Falcons.
Koetter worked his way up through the college ranks before becoming Boise State Head Coach in 1998. After 3 seasons he moved on to become Arizona State Head coach, a position he remained in until 2006.
Since 2007 he has been Jacksonville’s OC, where he has had some success in the run game particularly developing Maurice Jones Drew, into one of the best backs in the NFL. Despite Jacksonville’s anemic passing offense in recent years, that was not solely down to Koetter, blame must be shared with poor quarterback play and the lack of weapons.
Check out this interview with Dirk Koetter on his offensive philosophy.
Reading this could give you some more encouragement on hearing this news. He talks about how he loves to get big gains down the field in the pass game. At Arizona State, his offense was known for specializing in the vertical passing game and having good success doing it.
Some advice to fans displeased by this move would be to dig deeper past his days in Jacksonville, and the move doesn’t seem as bad from my perspective. He will have a lot of weapons to work with in Atlanta and I for one am excited to see what a different guy not named Mularkey can do with this dangerous talent we have assembled.