Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is bummed that Steve Sarkasian was fired as offensive coordinator following the season, but is excited to work once again with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Koetter, who worked with Ryan for 3 years, re-joined the Falcons after he was fired as head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers.
“It’s hard,” Ryan said, during an interview with “The Front Row” , per the Falcons team website. “I felt like I had a really good rapport with Sark, and he did a nice job for us. But, as a head coach, you feel like you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, and I respect that with Dan. He felt like he needed to make moves in order for us to be better.
“I’m excited to work with Dirk Koetter again, it felt like my time spent with him early in my career was really productive. I’ve learned a lot since then, and I think we both can be better as we move forward. But, it’s one of the parts of the job that sucks, for sure. Letting people go and having new people come in and turnover, but it’s a part of this business and you have to deal with it.”
Falcons Not Tending Brian Poole
Poole has played as the primary nickel back for the past three seasons in Atlanta and is coming off a career year in 2018 in which he set a number of career highs in tackles, sacks, and interceptions.
According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the door is still open for Poole to return to the Falcons but he would have to agree to a lesser deal than the RFA tender.
Falcons Hire Bob Sutton
After the Falcons fired defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel this offseason, the decided not to hire a new defensive coordinator and instrad allow head coach Dan Quinn to call defensive plays moving forward.
Sutton was fired earlier this offseason following the Chiefs loss in the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots and will handle “in-game strategy, clock management, time-out usage and replay review,” for the Falcons.
Falcons’ Matt Bryant To Return In 2019
Atlanta Falcons veteran kicker Matt Bryant plans to continue his playing career in 2019.
Bryant, 43, announced his decision to return in 2019, via his Twitter page.
Over this past year I’ve been asked numerous times about retirement and how I feel. Well, I’m not retiring and I feel fine and plan on feeling even better with some changes to my offseason program!— matt bryant (@Matt_Bryant3) February 6, 2019
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