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The Falcons interviewed special teams coach Keith Armstrong for their head-coaching vacancy on Sunday.
Armstrong fulfills the Rooney Rule for Atlanta. He's received several head-coaching interviews the past few offseasons, but has never seemed like a serious candidate for any. When the Falcons do hire their new head coach, it would not be a surprise to see Armstrong retained as special teams coordinator. Mon, Jan 5, 2015 05:06:00 PM

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Falcons hired ex-Rams GM Billy Devaney as a regional scout.

Devaney was a trainwreck as the Rams GM from 2008-2011, building a 10-38 team over that span. He'd been working at ESPN as an analyst recently. Devaney returns to Atlanta where he was the assistant GM in 2007. In his new role as a regional scout, Devaney will cover the West region. It's a solid hire for Atlanta.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 06:02:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons are giving "strong consideration" to adding ESPN analyst Billy Devaney to their front office.

Atlanta's brain trust is already impressive, with GM Thomas Dimitroff running the show, Rich McKay as President and CEO, Scott Pioli as assistant GM, and Lionel Vital as director of player personnel. Ex-Rams GM Devaney has ties to McKay and would add experience to the front office. Devaney did struggle mightily in St. Louis, whiffing on far too many draft picks and free agents.
Fri, Feb 14, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Falcons hired Scott Pioli as assistant general manager.

Pioli was fired by the Chiefs as they cleaned house following a two-win 2012 campaign. After spending a year in the media, he's reunited with old friend Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta. The duo became close friends while working in New England's front office together. Pioli deserves more credit than he's gotten for helping put together a talented Chiefs roster that went 11-5 in 2013 and produced five first- or second-team All-Pros (Jamaal Charles, Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster). It's a nice get for the Falcons.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 09:16:00 AM

Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital will stay with the team.

Vital received interest for the Dolphins' GM job and was at one point seen as the favorite to be Lovie Smith's GM in Tampa Bay. It appears Atlanta has kept Vital with a contract extension and/or raise. A highly respected talent evaluator, Vital is particularly known for his eye for defensive backs. The Falcons hit big on two corners in the 2013 draft, Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 03:25:00 PM

Falcons OC Dirk Koetter has lost out on the Boise State head coaching job.

Boise has chosen to hire Arkansas State's Bryan Harsin, who was a former quarterback and assistant coach on the blue turf. Koetter has taken some flak for the Falcons' woes this season, but the loss of Julio Jones combined with inept offensive line play is more to blame than the scheme. Koetter signed a two-year extension with the Falcons after last season.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Falcons coach Mike Smith revealed Monday that OC Dirk Koetter has "spoken" to Boise State about its head-coaching opening.

Koetter recently signed a contract extension, but there's no secret he's interested in becoming a head coach at some level. Boise State recently lost longtime HC Chris Petersen to the University of Washington, where he is succeeding new USC coach Steve Sarkisian. Koetter is very familiar with coaching out west. He was Boise State's offensive coordinator from 1998-2000.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 02:45:00 PM

Falcons promoted WRs coach Terry Robiskie to assistant head coach.

Robiskie is one of the most respected receivers coaches in the league, and he's been in the coaching business for 31 seasons. The 58-year-old has been in Atlanta since 2008, and he'll still handle his positional coaching duties. Robiskie has been credited with keeping Roddy White on top of his game as a 31-year-old, and also with the quick development of Julio Jones.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 05:28:00 PM

Falcons signed OC Dirk Koetter to a two-year contract extension.

Scratch one of the hottest coordinator candidates off the board. Koetter met with the Chiefs on Tuesday and was also scheduled for interviews with the Browns and Eagles. But he's decided to stay in Atlanta, a coup for a Falcons offense that ranked seventh in points per game and sixth in passing yards. Continuity in a creative and effective scheme can only be a good thing for the likes of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 10:09:00 AM

FOX's Alex Marvez reports Falcons OC Dirk Koetter will interview for each of the Chiefs, Browns and Eagles' head coaching jobs this week.

You could say he's drawing interest. Just one year removed from being Blaine Gabbert's QBs coach, Koetter guided the Falcons to the league's No. 7 scoring offense this season, and pushed Matt Ryan to new career highs nearly across the board. Both Roddy White and Julio Jones were able to surpass 1,198 yards receiving in Koetter's system. He's unlikely to be the favorite for the Philadelphia and Cleveland openings, but the fact that he's already landed three interviews suggests there's a strong chance he'll earn a head gig.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 01:01:00 PM

The Falcons blocked WRs coach Terry Robiskie from interviewing for the same position with the Jaguars last month.

Jacksonville eventually hired Jerry Sullivan as WRs coach, but former Falcons OC and new Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey apparently wasn't shy about attempting to raid his former staff. He was allowed to hire former Falcons QBs coach Bob Bratkowski as offensive coordinator.
Tue, Feb 14, 2012 08:46:00 AM

Falcons named Dirk Koetter offensive coordinator.

He replaces Mike Mularkey, who was named Jacksonville's head coach on Tuesday. That's where Koetter spent the past five seasons, coordinating an offense that finished better than 18th in points scored just once. Koetter worked alongside new boss Mike Smith in 2007, and runs a very similar system to Mularkey. It's vertically-based in nature with a power run game. Before a disastrous 2011 season with a potentially hopeless Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, Koetter coaxed career seasons from average to below-average talents David Garrard, Reggie Williams, and Mike Sims-Walker. In Julio Jones and Roddy White, Koetter is going to have some real weapons now.
Sun, Jan 15, 2012 10:32:00 AM

The Falcons expect to begin interviewing offensive coordinator candidates, including ex-Ravens coach Brian Billick, "within the next few days."

In addition to Billick, the Falcons are reportedly interested in former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer, Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter, and Packers QBs coach Tom Clements. Schottenheimer and Koetter are also interviewing for the Alabama coordinator opening. Former Jaguars interim coach Mel Tucker is believed to be among the candidates at defensive coordinator.
Thu, Jan 12, 2012 02:32:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes OC Mike Mularkey wouldn't have been back with the Falcons even if the Jaguars hadn't hired him away as head coach.

Mularkey's 2011 offense broke the franchise record for yards per game, but the AJC believes he "wasn't going to be retained" because the play-calling lacked creativity and the coaching staff had grown "stale." The Falcons will fill both coordinator positions this offseason.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 10:36:00 AM

The Falcons were 1-6 in games in which they attempted more than 40 passes this season.

That record falls to 1-7 if Sunday's Wild Card loss is included. It says as much about Michael Turner as Matt Ryan, as Turner averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in those eight games, compared to 4.5 on the entire year. Currently without a first-round pick, the Falcons could be in the market for a day-two running back to help spell the soon to be 30-year-old Turner after taking Jacquizz Rodgers in the fifth round last spring.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 08:59:00 AM

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