Posted: 12:33 pm Thursday, May 29th, 2014

5 questions with Falcons OC Dirk Koetter 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter addressed some of the issues facing the offense this offseason on Wednesday after the team’s OTA seassion.

Here’s what Koetter had to say:

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing a pass at OTAs on Wednesday. (By Kent Johnson/KJohnson@ajc.com)

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing a pass at OTAs on Wednesday. (By Kent Johnson/KJohnson@ajc.com)

Q: How will you all improve the rushing attack?

A: We have to run the ball better than we did last year. Atlanta, since coach (Mike) Smith has been here, has always been a good running team except for last year. There were a lot of reasons for that. We don’t need to go into that now. That’s in the past. We are going to be a better running football team, starting with the offensive line and progressing throughout the team.

Q: What do you and Matt Ryan have to continue to work on?

A: Just communications. Matt knows that he can say what’s on his mind. I’ll listen to him. By the same token, he’ll listen to me. From a communication standpoint, it’s a really good situation.

Q: How does the revamped right side of the offensive line look?

A: They looked good. It’s a good blend of experience in Jon (Asamoah), who knows what’s ahead and knows what to expect from the program and then Jake is just such an advanced guy for somebody coming out of college. Obviously, with his pedigree, it’s a good mix. They are off to a good start together, learning the playbook together. I think those two and the improvements across our (offensive) line are going to be very helpful. Joe (Hawley) is a great communicator. We’ve got some good battles on the offensive line. I’m excited to see how it shakes out. We’ll end up keeping eight or nine guys.”

Q: How’s Mickey Shuler doing?

A: The tight end thing with Tony gone, I think there is competition between Levine (Toilolo), Bear Pascoe and Mickey Schuler. Those guys are going to be battling for playing time. . . we’ve got a long ways to go with OTAs, training camp and preseason and by the time we get to the season, I’m sure that it will shake itself out.

Q: How has the role of the tight evolved in the NFL?

A: I think what you are seeing, in the NFL right now, you’ve got your true pass-catching tight ends, the Tony Gonzalezes and Jimmy Grahams. Then you’ve got another group of tight ends, who are kind of jacks of all trades. Part blockers, part receivers, part offensive lineman and part running back. They do part pass protecting, too.

PHASE THREE OF OFFSEASON PROGRAM

–Today – OTA No. 3.

–Friday – Strength and Conditioning plus a rookie practice

–Monday– OTA No. 4.

–Tuesday, June 3 – OTA No. 5.

–Wednesday, June 4 – OTA No. 6.

–Thursday, June 5 – Rookie Practice.

–Monday, June 9 – Hacks vs. Jocks golf tournament. Defending champs – Team Scelfo.

–Tuesday, June 10 – OTA No. 7.

–Wednesday, June 11 – OTA No. 8.

–Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

–Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

–Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

–Tuesday, June 17 — Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

–Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

–Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

TBA – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.

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Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman

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THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2014 DRAFT CLASS

Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, LB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, LB, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, LB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

 

26 comments
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2
Hemmorid_Sufferer_2

No new blog since Thursday? I'm hoping you are taking English 101 again. 

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Ask Dirk to start Antone Smith until his stats go down.

RickinWarnerRobins
RickinWarnerRobins

It's going to be another season filled with poor column writing by Ledbetter and softball questions asked by the AJC sports staff.  They couldn't ask a hard question if it paid them a million dollars to do so.

KatieR620
KatieR620

1st Question:  Coach,  what is your problem with the no huddle?

notPlanB
notPlanB

Looks as if Chase Coffman is still a FA. He is a receiving TE and we don't have one of those. He may not make the roster but I don't think he has been given the chance. Even if we didn't trade TG last year, we should have given Coffman a chance. He wasn't injured all of the last half of last season. I just don't see why MS keeps people like Coffman and Antoine Smith off the field when the season is a bust anyway.

PeterNapa
PeterNapa

"How's Mickey Schuler doing"? Seriously? Aren't we his seventh team and hasn't he not even made the final roster with the last two?

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

Hmmm, did you have a time limit DLed? I really wish you could have asked him if we should expect more 4 WR sets. I also would like to know who will work more in the slot, Johnson or Douglass. Or if the playing time is even up for grabs.

dofarm
dofarm

I thought Toilolo performed well when given the opportunity last year, I believe he can do a real good job at tight end when given the playing time. When he caught the ball last year he looked a lot like Gonzo reaching out and pulling it in

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

Q: How will you all improve the rushing attack?

A: We have to run the ball better than we did last year.....

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Great answer Mr. Koetter. None of us knew that. Also, thanks for educating us with your history lesson how our rushing attack used to be better before.  Any more diarrhea you would like to spill out of your mouth, Mr. Ledbetter will be right there with his microphone infront of you.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Question #6


How fast will you hit the pavement when another job becomes open and you are an interview candidate?


Question #7


Why does it seem like since the first day you walked into this job, you have tried to leave as fast as you got here?


Question #8


Is this a Mike Smith thing?

JSSN
JSSN

@RickinWarnerRobins

ESPN, Pro Football Talk, the AJC columnists, and the rest ask the Falcons "tough questions." They don't answer them! That is what "spin" is all about. It's why that real fluff keeps rolling off the screen by Jay Adams. Nothing was funnier than watching the year end presser and watching Mike Smith and Dimitroff sit there and straight face lie to the media about "staff changes." Just watch the games and stop expecting them to talk. 6 seasons and keep expecting something else, if you want honesty with the media, click on a John Harbaugh interview on Mondays. The Falcons aren't the franchise for that!

JSSN
JSSN

@KatieR620

Your team was sucking as much wind as the opposing team!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@TheRealJay 

Based on the answers to the questions he was asked, I expect these little gems

"Depending on the situation in the game, we will use whatever number of WRs give us the best opportunity to be successful"

"We have several player who are looking good as the slot receiver"

"The NFL season is long and difficult and you never know who will be injured.  We will see how playing time evolves"


Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@TheRealJay Even if DLed had the time, you wouldn't get the answers you are looking for from this coaching staff my friend.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@dofarm  I totally agree, Toilolo made some great catches last year going up for the ball and using his height... not sure why people on here are saying we need to sign somebody.  I thought he showed real promise catching the ball.

Dirtyb8
Dirtyb8

@DOrlandoLedbetter I have nothing against Coach Dirk, DLed. Just for once, I would like one of our coaching/management staff to give you a straight forward answer when you ask him a question. Its not too much to ask for is it?

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@DOrlandoLedbetter


Is that right?  Dled this guy been trying to leave as soon as he got here! Reminds me of Bobbie Petrino.............Darn DK I hate to make that analogy, but man you been interviewing for a job EVERY year since you got here! He so hot, how about he show us that he can blend that aerial attack with some type of running game?  Just saying....................

RangeRover
RangeRover

@DOrlandoLedbetter

Oh really?  Surely you jest!

I have checked the want ads but I just don't see employers lining up for a 4-12 OC as their head coach whose OL had his QB hammered to the ground more than anyone else and can never seem to win a 4th and 1.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Dirtyb8 

You can get away with those kind of answers when your name is Belichik and you have taken 5 teams to the Super Bowl, winning 3.  Maybe this is what Dimitroff absorbed when he was in Foxboro and he has passed it on to the staff.  Pity he didn't absorb a few other things.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@RangeRover @DOrlandoLedbetter  Typical hater crap from little rr dled, check the posts... OC that had one of the hottest offenses in the NFL year before last.  AND his name was mentioned for numerous jobs last year.

JSSN
JSSN

@PaulinNH

Exactly! Still, as evasive as Bill can be with the North Eastern press, he'll still give you a "real" football answer 5 or 6 times a year! The Falcons, nope, nada, nit!