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Eric Sutulovich
Assistant Special Teams Coach

Biography

Eric Sutulovich will continue to work with Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong to make sure the Falcons units continue to be considered among the very best in the NFL. The 2013 season will be Sutulovich’s fifth season in Atlanta.

With assistance from Sutulovich in 2012, Atlanta’s kicking game was propelled by kicker Matt Bryant as the Falcons posted a 13-3 record and won their second NFC South Division crown since 2010. Bryant produced another solid season in 2012, by connecting on 33 of 38 field goals, all 44 PATs and tallied a career and franchise single-season high 143 points. Bryant not only set the franchise mark for points in a season, he also set a new franchise mark for most field goals made in a season (33).

Atlanta’s kickoff and punt return teams continued to perform at a high level due to the coaching of Sutulovich. The Falcons ranked 10th in the NFL in average starting field position (29.0 yard line) in part to Atlanta’s return game. On the flipside, Atlanta’s coverage troops managed to help the Falcons rank fifth in opponents average starting field position (25.5 yard line) in 2012.

With Sutulovich’s help, the Falcons special teams have finished in the top 10 in NFL rankings in each of his three seasons. In 2011, Atlanta’s punt coverage unit led the League in punt return average by allowing just 4.8 yards per return. In addition to that impressive number, the Falcons special team’s unit forced their opponents to start a NFL-high 62 drives inside their 20-yard line.

Individual achievements were also a highlight in 2011 for the Birds special teams. K Matt Bryant set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals made in team history with 27 when he connected on a 47-yarder in the third quarter at Detroit in Week 7. Rookie LB Akeem Dent collared 19 special teams tackles, which was tied for the second-highest total in a single-season in club history.

In 2010, through Sutulovich’s assistance, the Falcons special teams continued to excel. Atlanta’s kickoff unit held opponents to an NFL-best average starting position of their own 22.2-yard line after kickoffs.

The Falcons were led by specialist Eric Weems who averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranked third in the NFL and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Sutulovich came to Atlanta after working for one season with the Detroit Lions as an Offensive Assistant in 2008. His original foray into the NFL came with the Houston Texans in its inaugural campaign in 2002. Sutulovich was the team’s Assistant Special Teams Coach for four seasons (2002-05). During his time with the Texans, he helped Houston rank first in the League in punts downed inside the 20-yard line (120), fourth in opponent punt return yard average (7.4), sixth in the AFC in kickoff touchbacks (30) and seventh in the conference in kickoff return average (22.1).

Prior to his stint in the NFL, Sutulovich spent one season as a football assistant for the University of Kansas. He also spent time in the collegiate ranks with Fort Scott Community College as the Offensive Coordinator (2001), the University of Pittsburgh as the offensive graduate assistant (2000-01) and Louisiana Tech as the offensive graduate assistant (1997-99).

In his stopover at Pittsburgh, the Panthers finished third in the Big East Conference and competed in the 2000 Insight.com Bowl. The Pittsburgh offense ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency and 18th in total passing.

Sutulovich and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Sage and Ellie, and two sons, Maddax and Gabe.

Sutulovich's Coaching Background
  • 2009-13 - Assistant Special teams // Falcons
  • 2008 - Offensive Assistant // Lions
  • 2006 - Football Asst. // University of Kansas
  • 2002-05 - Assistant Special teams // Texans
  • 2001 - Off. Coord. // Fort Scott Comm. College
  • 2000 - Asst. HC/Off. Coord.// Casper Cavalry
  • 1997-99 - Off. Graduate Asst. // Louisiana Tech

Eric Sutulovich will continue to work with Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong to make sure the Falcons units continue to be considered among the very best in the NFL. The 2013 season will be Sutulovich’s fifth season in Atlanta.

With assistance from Sutulovich in 2012, Atlanta’s kicking game was propelled by kicker Matt Bryant as the Falcons posted a 13-3 record and won their second NFC South Division crown since 2010. Bryant produced another solid season in 2012, by connecting on 33 of 38 field goals, all 44 PATs and tallied a career and franchise single-season high 143 points. Bryant not only set the franchise mark for points in a season, he also set a new franchise mark for most field goals made in a season (33).

Atlanta’s kickoff and punt return teams continued to perform at a high level due to the coaching of Sutulovich. The Falcons ranked 10th in the NFL in average starting field position (29.0 yard line) in part to Atlanta’s return game. On the flipside, Atlanta’s coverage troops managed to help the Falcons rank fifth in opponents average starting field position (25.5 yard line) in 2012.

With Sutulovich’s help, the Falcons special teams have finished in the top 10 in NFL rankings in each of his three seasons. In 2011, Atlanta’s punt coverage unit led the League in punt return average by allowing just 4.8 yards per return. In addition to that impressive number, the Falcons special team’s unit forced their opponents to start a NFL-high 62 drives inside their 20-yard line.

Individual achievements were also a highlight in 2011 for the Birds special teams. K Matt Bryant set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals made in team history with 27 when he connected on a 47-yarder in the third quarter at Detroit in Week 7. Rookie LB Akeem Dent collared 19 special teams tackles, which was tied for the second-highest total in a single-season in club history.

In 2010, through Sutulovich’s assistance, the Falcons special teams continued to excel. Atlanta’s kickoff unit held opponents to an NFL-best average starting position of their own 22.2-yard line after kickoffs.

The Falcons were led by specialist Eric Weems who averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranked third in the NFL and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Sutulovich came to Atlanta after working for one season with the Detroit Lions as an Offensive Assistant in 2008. His original foray into the NFL came with the Houston Texans in its inaugural campaign in 2002. Sutulovich was the team’s Assistant Special Teams Coach for four seasons (2002-05). During his time with the Texans, he helped Houston rank first in the League in punts downed inside the 20-yard line (120), fourth in opponent punt return yard average (7.4), sixth in the AFC in kickoff touchbacks (30) and seventh in the conference in kickoff return average (22.1).

Prior to his stint in the NFL, Sutulovich spent one season as a football assistant for the University of Kansas. He also spent time in the collegiate ranks with Fort Scott Community College as the Offensive Coordinator (2001), the University of Pittsburgh as the offensive graduate assistant (2000-01) and Louisiana Tech as the offensive graduate assistant (1997-99).

In his stopover at Pittsburgh, the Panthers finished third in the Big East Conference and competed in the 2000 Insight.com Bowl. The Pittsburgh offense ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency and 18th in total passing.

Sutulovich and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Sage and Ellie, and two sons, Maddax and Gabe.

Sutulovich's Coaching Background
  • 2009-13 - Assistant Special teams // Falcons
  • 2008 - Offensive Assistant // Lions
  • 2006 - Football Asst. // University of Kansas
  • 2002-05 - Assistant Special teams // Texans
  • 2001 - Off. Coord. // Fort Scott Comm. College
  • 2000 - Asst. HC/Off. Coord.// Casper Cavalry
  • 1997-99 - Off. Graduate Asst. // Louisiana Tech
 

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