Dec 27, 2009; Foxborough, MA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter watches from the sideline as they take on the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Atlanta Falcons Poll: Whose Seat is Hotter, Ryan’s or Koetter’s?

In this post from ESPN’s Pat Yaskinskas, the writer depicts what he feels are the Dream/Nightmare scenarios for each NFC South team. Not surprisingly, the Falcon’s nightmare scenario would be if they can’t get into the playoffs at least. I couldn’t agree more with Yasinskas. Without a playoff berth, the Falcons season would be an utter failure.

Yasinskas goes on to say that the Falcons’ success is directly tied to just how much new OC Dirk Koetter can get out of Matt Ryan. He argues that if he can’t get enough out of Ryan, the Falcons will have to search for a new QB. I don’t think that is the case at all, but it is a point worth arguing.

Who do you think has the most pressure on him? Ryan, to improve on last season and take the step towards carrying his team and being elite, or Dirk Koetter to maximize Ryan’s potential and produce a more potent offense than they did under Mularkey? Vote below, and then comment as to why you believe in each.

Who is on the Hotter Seat? Ryan or Koetter

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  • indierapfan

    I don’t think either seat is on the hot seat at all. Why get rid of a franchise QB for everything he’s done in the past 4 seasons but try to blame three games on him? There are at least 20 teams that would love to have him be their starting QB and finding another one of his caliber might require trading 3 first round picks like the Redskins did. 
    Dirk Koetter has spoken out about involving more modern, downfield plays in the playbook. There’s no way a new coordinator would immediately be thrust onto the hot seat when he is in line with what many of the fans thought was Mike Mularkey’s downfall. Even a 9-7 season (or worse) wouldn’t get either run out of town in my opinion.

  • Greg Huseth

     @indierapfan I think you’re right in that neither would be fired after this season if it were a miserable season. I would also say that we would probably get rid of Koetter before we got rid of Ryan; we just have so much more invested in a franchise QB than an offensive coordinator. That being said, if there is a poor performance by the offense in 2012, someone will pay the price.

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