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Atlanta Falcons blog by the AJC's D. Orlando Ledbetter

COVER 9@9: Paul Worrilow taking charge on defense

  • 9:00 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

(Welcome all! With the NFL becoming more of a passing league, the “Cover 9@9” blog will become all of the rage. You can read it here every Wednesday at 9 a.m. throughout the season. We’ll try to get to everything about the Atlanta Falcons. -– D. Orlando Ledbetter)  

1. WORRILOW ON WAY UP: Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow is growing more and more comfortable as the team has put more his plate this season.

In part because of the season-ending injury to Sean Weatherspoon, Worrilow is the team’s signal-caller and has played all of the unit’s 205 snaps along with safety William Moore [More]

Q&A: Falcons OC Dirk Koetter on tempo, Roddy and Jake

  • 4:46 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Normally, we get the coordinators for you all on Tuesdays, but with the short week they were not made available until Wednesday.

We’ll have to check with the league and try to make sure we get them earlier in the week next year if the Falcons play on a Thursday.

Since the coordinators are so good on their topic areas, it’s important to share their insight about their units.

Sorry, it’s coming just hours before kickoff.

But here’s what offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had to say:


5 questions with Falcons OC Dirk Koetter

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

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 [More]

VIDEO: Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter after OTAs

  • 2:36 pm Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter


–Tuesday – OTA No. 2.

–Thursday – 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 [More]

Update: Koetter to interview with the Browns

  • 4:03 pm Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

MOBILE, Ala. – Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is slated to interview for the vacant Cleveland Browns head coaching position, the Falcons confirmed and earlier Fox Sports report.

“I don’t want to talk about someone else’s coaching vacancy,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday.

Koetter interviewed for the Boise State head coaching job earlier this offseason.

After the 2012 season, Koetter was contacted by two teams, but decided to withdraw from consideration while the Falcons were making a Super Bowl push.

Koetter has been a head coach at Boise State and Arizona State in the college ranks. He’s been with the Falcons for [More]