Is Mularkey comfortable with Falcons' offense?

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
May 29, 2019 - 1:44 pm

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The Atlanta Falcons made big time changes to their coaching staff following a 7-9 season in 2018. The team parted with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and tight ends coach Wade Harman.

While head coach Dan Quinn has assumed the defensive coordinator duties, the Falcons also brought back some familiar faces. Dirk Koetter is taking over as offensive coordinator. He was previously the OC for the Falcons from 2012-2014. They also hired Mike Mularkey to be the team's new tight ends coach. Mularkey was the Falcons OC from 2008-2011.

The Falcons offense is looking to get back on track after losing some momentum after Kyle Shanahan left for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job.

But just this week, Mularkey had some interesting comments on being sort of a rookie when it comes to the offensive scheme:

"It’s less of Dirk and I’s offense. It’s still more of a Shanahan style. That was a challenge for Dirk coming in here, and myself — more so a challenge for him because he has to call the game. I don’t have to do that, but I have to teach it, and it’s important that I teach it like I invented it. It’s been a challenge because I have to learn a whole new system. It’s like a rookie coming in here with all new terminology.”

What did you takeaway from his comments?

"The way that I read that is basically what I heard from Steve Sarkisian two summers ago," Andy Bunker said.

Randy McMichael said while that may be true, it's a different situation for Koetter and Mularkey.

"I think this is a lot different," McMichael said. "I think Dirk Koetter is a more accomplished play-caller than Steve Sarkisian. So that's why I say it's not really that big of deal."

"To come to a place where you're asked to assimilate yourself to a different style, to me that says more than anything is that Dirk Koetter wants to work with Matt Ryan," Bunker added.