Dirk Koetter to Join Atlanta Falcons Staff as OC

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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 21: Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter in overtime of an NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Bucs on October 21, 2018, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Bucs defeated the Browns 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter changed allegiances Tuesday. Koetter returns to a Falcons team he was the offensive coordinator of from 2012-2014.

Most recently, Koetter was fired for a 19-29 record in his three seasons as the head coach of the Buccaneers. He was let go shortly after the team’s loss to Atlanta on December 30th in Week 17.

The Falcons will be getting a proven offensive mind in Koetter. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense was prolific last season, and was near the top of the league in yards for the past few seasons.

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One area Koetter struggles in, is red-zone offense. The Falcons have been criticized for their red-zone offense as well. Julio Jones, a bonafide superstar at wide receiver, struggles to get in the end zone. The injury to DeVonta Freeman certainly didn’t help this year. There is no doubt the Falcons have weapons, but this year they struggled with health on both sides of the ball.

The Falcons should be getting a great offensive coach, however, their struggles were mainly defensive. They had many injuries on that side of the ball. Dan Quinn is a defensive minded head coach, pairing him with Dirk Koetter could work out extremely well for the Falcons Only time will tell if this was a successful pair in Atlanta.

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