Dirk Koetter staying with Falcons

  • ESPN.com news services | January 2, 2013

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has signed a contract extension to stay with the team through next season, coach Mike Smith announced Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, the team announced on Twitter that Koetter, a candidate for some of the seven NFL head-coaching vacancies, had pulled himself out of consideration for any of the openings.

Koetter, 53, interviewed for the Kansas City Chiefs' opening on Tuesday. His name also surfaced as a candidate in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Koetter joined the Falcons on Jan. 15, 2012, after spending five seasons with the Jaguars.

He oversaw an offense that ranked second in third-down efficiency, seventh in scoring and fewest sacks allowed and eighth in total yards. The Falcons finished 13-3, tied with Denver for the NFL's best record, powered by an attack that finished eighth in total offense.

Quarterback Matt Ryan set a franchise record with 32 touchdown passes and both Roddy White (1,351) and Julio Jones (1,198) finished with more than 1,000 yards receiving.

Ryan added Wednesday that Koetter "does a great job in putting all of our guys in position to succeed."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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