In 2013, the Atlanta Falcons were 20th in the NFL in scoring offense (22.1 points per game) and dead last in rushing offense (77.9 yards per game). However, it appears as if their offensive coordinator has escaped ridicule to the point where he is a legitimate candidate for an open NFL head coaching position.
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 21, 2014
According to FOX’s Alex Marvez, the Browns have reached out to Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter about their head coaching vacancy, and Koetter will be interviewed some time in the near future. Koetter has been the OC in Atlanta for the past two seasons, and prior to that, he spent time as the Jacksonville Jaguars OC (5 seasons), as well as serving as the head coach of both Arizona State and Boise State.
In all fairness to Koetter, there were some positives to his 2013 performance, as the Falcons were a respectable 12th in total offense and 7th in passing offense, and Koetter had been loudly praised for his 2012 effort in helping to lead Atlanta to the NFC Championship game. Still, it seems a bit odd that Cleveland would even interview someone with Koetter’s current position among the “hot names” of coaching, and I’m certain that if he was hired, Browns fans wouldn’t exactly dance in the streets.