Flowery Branch, GA (Sports Network) - The Atlanta Falcons have named Dirk Koetter their new offensive coordinator.
Coincidentally, Koetter spent the past five years as offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who just named former Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as their new head coach.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith was the defensive coordinator for the Jaguars from 2003-07 before taking the Atlanta job and spent one season on the same staff with Koetter in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars were the lowest-ranked offense in the NFL this past season, due mostly in part to a poor passing offense with rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the helm. They did rank 12th in rushing behind league leader Maurice Jones-Drew.
In Koetter's first season with the Jaguars, Smith's last with the team, the offense ranked seventh in the NFL and set franchise records for points (411, 25.7 avg.), touchdowns (50), touchdown passes (28) and yards per play (5.6).
Koetter had never been a coach on the pro level before joining Jacksonville. He was the head coach at Arizona State from 2001-06, guiding the Sun Devils to a record of 40-34.
Arizona State had a prolific offense under Koetter, who doubled as the team's offensive coordinator. The Sun Devils averaged about 30 points per game and went to four bowl games during Koetter's tenure.
Koetter was also 26-10 as Boise State's head coach from 1998-2000. He also had collegiate coordinator posts at San Francisco State, UTEP, Missouri, Boston College and Oregon.