Atlanta Falcons: No one is apologizing for anti-Koetter stance
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter proved yet again he isn’t the right guy to lead the offense.
On the surface, the Atlanta Falcons looked very impressive Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders as they beat down an AFC team that is in the hunt for a playoff spot with just five weeks remaining in the 2020 regular season.
The Falcons haven’t beaten an AFC team by 30 or more since they beat the Patriots 41-10 back in 1999 and that lopsided score has quite a few people wanting apologies from those of us that believe that Dirk Koetter should be gone.
Before we go any further, let’s make something clear, death threats to Koetter and his family should be treated as a felony, and those who have done this deserves to be prosecuted.
The Atlanta Falcons scored 43 points Sunday against the Raiders in spite of Dirk Koetter, not because of him. The defense led by Jeff Ulbrich deserves most of the credit for causing five turnovers Sunday – when you turn a team over that many times, you should beat them down.
On Sunday, under Dirk Koetter’s guidance, they ran 23 plays inside the Raiders red zone, managed to gain just 43 yards, and scored just three touchdowns. That doesn’t even include the four downs after the Raiders fumbled at their own 21 and the Falcons picked up 0 yards in three plays and settled for an FG.
Speaking of field goals, Younghoe Koo kicked five field goals on Sunday, and the defense added in another seven, which means Koetter’s play-calling accounted for just three touchdowns. Sure, the players play a part in the execution, but it is hard to question the players when the play calling they are working with is as bad as it is.
Interim head coach Raheem Morris is obviously not going to make any changes the rest of the way but if he is, in fact, going to become this franchises next head coach, he is going to have to make a change at offensive coordinator because Dirk Koetter once again proved he isn’t the right man for the job.