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Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter to Return Next Year, Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan is Undecided

December 12th, 2013 at 12:15 PM
By Graham Waldrop

Depending on your opinion of one Dirk Koetter, the Falcons offensive coordinator, you will either be happy or upset to know he'll be back as the Falcons offensive coordinator next year.  Koetter interviewed a few days ago for the Boise State head coaching job, a position he held from 1998-2000.  

But Koetter did not land the job, and has said he's staying put with the Falcons.  He will return for a third season with the club.  

On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan's future is a little more cloudy.  He hasn't reportedly interviewed for any other positions on the professional or collegiate level, and has indicated that it'll be up to the Falcons to bring him back.  

"That's the team's decision, not mine," Nolan said.  "So that's a question for later."

After a decent showing last season, the Falcons defense has been abysmal this season.  They have given up an average of 28 points per game and rank 20th in pass defense and 30th in rush defense.  Their turnovers have also taken a severe dip from last season as the Falcons only have 12 takeaways this year.  

Nolan has had to deal with injuries to stars Sean Weatherspoon and Asante Samuel as well as the multitalented Kroy Biermann, who were all huge contributors to last season's team.  

Regardless, it appears that opposing teams have figured out Nolan's once confusing scheme that helped beat Peyton Manning and Drew Brees last season and are exploiting a weaker Falcons defense than last year's unit.

Nolan maybe on the hot seat, but given Arthur Blank's willingness to give Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith and now Dirk Koetter apparently, another chance, it wouldn't be surprising for him to extend the olive branch to Nolan as well.


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Tags: Arthur Blank, Atlanta, Atlanta Falcons, Dirk Koetter, Football, Mike Nolan, Mike Smith, NFL, Sean Weatherspoon, Thomas Dimitroff

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