Tony Gonzalez is probably the most reliable pass-catcher the Atlanta Falcons have. Utilizing him would be absolutely crucial for the new Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
According to the AJC, Gonzalez is liking what his role will be in this new offense will be. Apparently it won’t be dramatically different than it has in the past. Here is what Gonzalez had to say:
I don’t see it changing too much from what it’s been around here. It’s somewhat the same plays. Of course, he brought his great plays that he liked down there. I had a chance to watch film today on Marcedes [a Jacksonville tight end] and see what he was able to do in this system and it looked good. One thing about Coach Koetter, is that he’s going with what’s good for the players. I love that in a coach; put players in a position to be successful. It’s not about his system, it’s about what works and what Matt [Ryan] is comfortable with because obviously he’s the one driving the train.
I wouldn’t really want to see Gonzalez role change very much, and I don’t think he can regain the dimension of stretching the field at this point. But his ability to get first downs, box defenders out, and be a potent red-zone target are his strengths at this point. He will be a very productive player in 2012, and I expect Koetter will continue to ask Gonzalez to do exactly those things.