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Dirk Koetter staying with Falcons, will not take a head-coaching job

Matt Ryan AP

Cross the name of Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter off the list of head-coaching candidates.

Koetter has signed a contract extension with the Falcons and agreed not to consider any head-coaching opportunities this year, Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports.

According to the report, Koetter thinks running an offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan and featuring wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones is a great opportunity that he’s not ready to leave, and that as long as he’s running that offense, he’ll have other offers in the future.

The 53-year-old Koetter already met with the Chiefs about their head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday, and he had been planning to interview with the Eagles and Browns. But he decided it was in his best interests to stay in Atlanta.

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13 Responses to “Dirk Koetter staying with Falcons, will not take a head-coaching job”
  1. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 2, 2013 10:22 AM

    Good, I was worried the Browns would actually hire this guy

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 2, 2013 10:30 AM

    Hilarious. Dude leaves Jax in shambles last year and gets a gig because of his friendship with Mike Smith and then he’s all of a sudden HC material? Nuts.

  3. chc4 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:33 AM

    Falcons OC job >>>> Browns HC job

  4. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    It’s amazing what good QB play (Matt Ryan) will do career wise for asst coaches and coordinators.

    In Jax … He had Leftwich, garrard, McCown, Gabbert … And the guy was considered a bum with a vanilla style.

  5. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    Good, I was worried the Chiefs would actually hire this guy

  6. starderup says: Jan 2, 2013 10:43 AM

    Yeah, brownie fan, you wouldn’t want to mess with that 25th ranked offense setup you are running now. lol

  7. realfootballfan says: Jan 2, 2013 10:44 AM

    Good for the teams. He was a terrible college HC, and from my experience, if you were bad at a lower level, you’re not going to figure out how to do the job at the highest level. See Jim Caldwell and Cam Cameron for the best examples of this phenomenon.

  8. mrstinkypants says: Jan 2, 2013 10:55 AM

    Smart move. Now just talk the Falcons into drafting Eddie Lacey at RB. Better start shopping for a TE too since Gonzalez is retiring.

  9. sonvar says: Jan 2, 2013 10:55 AM

    I’m glad I was afraid my team might hire him. The Falcons offense wasn’t anything spectacular this year under him neither have the falcons as a whole even with their record. Now here’s to hoping Josh McDaniels and Bill O’Brien drop from potential NFl head coaches for next year

  10. eaglebobby says: Jan 2, 2013 10:58 AM

    What happens if the Falcons get trashed in the playoffs again, like they did last year and his offense doesn’t do squat? His name will never come up again as a head coach candidate.

  11. greysolon says: Jan 2, 2013 11:12 AM

    The NFL explained:

    If you have a good QB, every coach around him is a genius.

    If you don’t have a good QB, every coach around him is poor to average.

  12. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 2, 2013 12:55 PM

    Hopefully Nolan will stick around as well.

  13. pickney1 says: Jan 2, 2013 6:04 PM

    Smart man, why would anyone want to leave a team with an All-Pro quarterback, two number one recievers, a future Hall-Of-Famer tight end and a budding defense on the opposite end.

    Considering that he came from the Jaguars he understands what is like to be on a team with sub-par talent and their will be better opportunities out there than the Chiefs job.

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