WATCH: Dave Holcomb breaks down Falcons hiring Dirk Koetter as OC
The Atlanta Falcons announced this week the hiring of Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator. Koetter will replace Steve Sarkisian, who served as Falcons offensive coordinator the last two seasons.
As head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Koetter posted a 19-29 record, but he may be another classic example of a coach better served as a coordinator. His offenses always produce, and in 2018, the Buccaneers finished third in total yards and first in passing.
Koetter previously held the offensive coordinator position in Atlanta from 2012-14. The Falcons finished in the top 10 in yards during two of those three years and were ranked in the top 10 in both yards and points scored during the 2012 season, which helped them earn a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
One thing that held back Koetter's offense in Tampa Bay was turnovers. The Buccaneers led the league with 35 giveaways in 2018. In Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay somehow recorded more than 500 yards of offense yet only scored three points. That was in large part due to four giveaways, two of which happened inside the red zone.
With Matt Ryan, who tied a career low with seven interceptions, as his quarterback again, Koetter's offense should be able to move the ball effectively without nearly as many turnovers in 2019. Ryan also threw for a career-best 4,924 yards and 35 touchdowns this past fall.
The Falcons also announced this week they will be bringing back Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach. Mularkey was Falcons offensive coordinator prior to Koetter from 2008-11.