Dirk Koetter believes the Atlanta Falcons already have the pieces they need to become an elite offense.
Now it will be his job as offensive coordinator to make Atlanta reach that level.
“The Falcons have done very well the last four years,” Koetter said Monday. “You’ve got to make it to the playoffs first, and they’ve done a good job of that. I’ve got to come in there and do the best job I can and try to help everybody be the best they can be. That’s all any coach can do.”
Head coach Mike Smith hired Koetter on Sunday to replace Mike Mularkey, who left last week to become head coach in Jacksonville. When Atlanta quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski left to join Mularkey’s new staff as offensive coordinator, Smith in turn hired Koetter as the Falcons’ new coordinator.
BRONCOS: The debate over Tim Tebow’s worthiness as an NFL quarterback will undeniably continue in the off-season.
What’s not in doubt is his status as the Denver Broncos’ starter.
The team sought to curb the circus that’s sure to surround Tebow over the next several months by declaring him the incumbent at a
season-ending news conference Monday.
“Well, I think Tim’s earned the right to be the starting quarterback going into training camp next year,” Broncos boss John Elway said.
Tebow took over a 1-4 team in October and guided the Broncos to their first playoff berth since 2005. But the clunky dual-threat quarterback completed only 46.5 percent of his passes in the regular season and 40.4 percent in the playoffs while compiling an 8-5 overall record that included five second-
RAIDERS: Requested permission to interview Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for their open head coach job.
New general manager Reggie McKenzie is also interested in interviewing assistants from Green Bay, where he had been director of football operations.