FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons search for a new offensive coordinator is still on-going and based off a recent report from The Athletic’s Jason Butt, here’s all we know on who’s in play so far:
The Falcons are in the thick of their interview process with head coach Dan Quinn saying they would be interested in also talking to coaches on teams currently in the playoffs. Who those coaches are remains unknown but it’s something to keep in mind.
Adam Gase, former Miami Dolphins head coach
Gase is a name to watch if he is not hired as a head coach, according to Butt. Gase has completed his interview with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers have expressed interest. For years Gase has been labeled as a “quarterback whisperer” and although his best years as a coordinator in Denver were largely due to the passing numbers his offense featuring Peyton Manning put up, Gase has shown in Miami he’s committed to the run game as well. In Miami, the Dolphins’ identity on offense started with their run game. Quinn has emphasized how important establishing the run game will be moving forward, and Gase could be equip to do that. The Falcons run an outside zone scheme, but Quinn said their offense will also feature some inside zone runs as well.
Gary Kubiak, former Denver Broncos head coach
The idea of Kubiak being Atlanta’s offensive coordinator is not completely out of question despite the recent ESPN report that said the Denver Broncos blocked Atlanta’s attempt to interview Kubiak. It could all depend on who the Broncos decide to hire as their new head coach. The connection to the Falcons? Kubiak and Atlanta’s quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp worked together for years in Houston and Denver.
Dirk Koetter, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach
Koetter reportedly interviewed with the Falcons over the weekend and according to Butt, is not considered to be the favorite or front-runner for the job. In his final season as Bucs’ head coach Koetter’s offense ranked third in yards per game (378.2) and fifth in points per game (284.6). Koetter helped Atlanta reach the NFC Championship Game during his time as offensive coordinator in 2012.
Darrell Bevell, former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator
Bevell is one of the three coaches to have already interviewed for the vacant position, according to reports. Quinn and Bevell worked together in Seattle when they won Super Bowl XLVIII. Bevell was fired by Seattle following the 2017 season.