I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried!
If I were a NFL general manager or franchise owner there are several teams that I would look at when scouting a possible member of my coaching staff; New England, Baltimore, NY Giants, Dallas, San Diego, and maybe a few others but the one team whose tree I wouldn’t pick from is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Not to crush the Jags organization but seriously the only real hype that ever surrounded them was the inaugural season when both Jacksonville and Carolina in their first year of existence made it to the NFC and AFC conference championships.
Along the way they’ve had some good seasons but not nearly the success of any of the teams that I previously mentioned.
Four years ago Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank made the decision to tap into the Jacksonville coaching tree and picked Mike Smith as head coach of his franchise.
The decision to hire Smith has been good and bad.
His regular season record as head coach of the Atlanta is a remarkable 43-and-21 but he is 0-and-3 in playoff appearances over his four year stint as Falcons’ head coach including last week’s 24-2 performance versus the NY Giants two Sundays ago. Following the loss the team’s defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left for Auburn, offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and if that wasn’t enough Mularkey hired Falcons’ QB coach Bob Bratkowski as his offensive coordinator.
So what did the Falcons do first to react to losing 3 members of their coaching staff?
They went right back to where they found Mike Smith; the same place where Mularkey and Bratkowski are now employed…
It was announced yesterday by the Falcons that Dirk Koetter was the team’s new offensive coordinator. Yeah, you got it we basically traded two coaches for one! But he’s not just any coach…
He was the offensive coordinator of the league’s 32nd ranked offense.
You do know how many team’s are in the league don’t you?
Koetter has really been coordinating!
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