With weapons, Koetter can succeed

January, 15, 2012
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Mike Mularkey traded up, getting a top job with less talent as he went from offensive coordinator in Atlanta to coach in Jacksonville.

His replacement with the Falcons is Dirk Koetter, who was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator.

Koetter was a relatively hot prospect a year ago, interviewing for the Denver job that John Fox got, and coveted by St. Louis for an open offensive coordinator post. I was asked to assemble a staff out of all of the AFC South coaches, and with so many uncertain head coaches to choose from, I took Koetter as my top guy.

A miserable season later, his stock isn’t the same. But he’s not the one who put together a group that had one legitimate NFL receiver in Mike Thomas, or who gave a big contract to Marcedes Lewis, whose play dropped off considerably.

Calling plays for Matt Ryan throwing to Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez , Koetter will be in heaven. Given the rosters right now, no one would say Mularkey's coordinator, Bob Bratkowski, has a better gig than Koetter.

I think he’s a good coach who was in a bad situation. I just tried to settle some panic as a guest on an Atlanta radio station. I’m not sure who Falcons fans wanted, but they should give Koetter a chance.

He could well be great.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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