Archer: Ryan will be given every opportunity to call plays in up-tempo situations

The Midday Show
January 09, 2019 - 12:29 pm

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Dave Archer, Atlanta Falcons Radio Network analyst gives his thoughts on the latest Falcons coaching hires.

Dave told us his first thoughts on the hiring’s of Dirk Koetter and Mike Mularkey, saying it made sense because both guys have had success in the NFL as well as success previously with the Falcons. Arch believes Mularkey will help the Falcons running game next season, which they desperately need. Arch responded to Rick asking if there will be too many cooks in the kitchen and if it will be a problem by saying, there will be a hierarchy in the room and they will all be willing to bounce ideas off each other to make the team work the best it can.

Arch talked about Dan Quinn during the game, who will have his back to the offense helping the defense get ready for its next series. He will rely on his other coaches to help him with time management. Arch thinks the bulk of the offensive line will be back, but they won’t exactly know where they stand as far as a starting position. He believes Matt Ryan will be able to do a lot of things at the line of scrimmage next season like he did back on 2012 when Koetter was first with the Falcons.

"If you go back and look at the '12 team, which was Dirk's first here, that was the team that went to the NFC title game and lost to the 49ers," Archer said. "That season Matt did a ton of stuff at the line of scrimmage. He stayed healthy, he had all those receivers, he had a running game that was beginning to get old but still was effective. Ryan did a lot of stuff at the line of scrimmage. That's something Dirk likes to do.

"If you watched Tampa play this year, that's something he liked Jameis [Winston] doing. He gave Jameis the opportunity to go to the line of scrimmage and do some of those things. I think that's something that Dirk likes to do. Blending that with what he could get going in the run game will be imparitive. But I don't think there's any question that Ryan's going to be given every opportunity to be the guy running the show on the field in an up-tempo scenario."

Finally, regarding the playoffs, Arch said he is rooting for any team who can beat the Saints.

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