Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has worked wonders for the Falcons offense in 2012. He’s found a way to allow Atlanta to be extremely productive offensively without much of a running game. He’s also implemented more screen passes, draw plays, both of which have helped out the offensive line and allowed for very successful downfield passing plays.
His success in Atlanta has not gone unnoticed. For the past couple months, his name has been a very popular one when talking about filling potential head coaching vacancies. Although there weren’t any real head coaching vacancies until today, Koetter’s name has floated around a good bit.
That changed today, on Black Monday. Black Monday is the Monday after the final game of the NFL regular season, when struggling teams tend to unload their head coaches and front offices. And Black Monday 2012 has been one for the ages.
The Browns, Bills, Eagles, Chargers, Bears, Chiefs, and Cardinals all fired their head coaches today, something that leaves massive voids. Those voids will be filled with the best candidates possible. Not surprisingly, Koetter is one of those names. In fact, Koetter is already setting up interviews with teams.
According to ESPN, Koetter already has an interview set up with Kansas City, something that the Falcons have given permission for.
But there are also reports that Koetter has an interview set up with Philadelphia, and that Cleveland is also interested in interviewing Koetter.
Koetter has a bunch of experience as a head coach at the college level, and also a bunch of experience as a coordinator at the NFL level. The logical jump is that he take over as the head coach of an NFL team.
Now that doesn’t mean Koetter is gone for sure. But it will be hard to say goodbye to a good coordinator like him. The Falcons should look to be in the market for a new OC sometime soon.