Koetter eager to help Falcons' offense succeed

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Dirk Koetter believes the Atlanta Falcons already have the pieces they need to become an elite offense.

Now it will be his job as offensive coordinator to make sure Atlanta stops being so inconsistent.

Coach Mike Smith hired Koetter on Sunday to replace Mike Mularkey, who left last week to become head coach in Jacksonville. When Atlanta quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski left to join Mularkey's new staff as offensive coordinator, Smith in turn hired Koetter as the Falcons' new coordinator.

Despite making the playoffs for the third time in four years, Atlanta beat only one team with a winning record that advanced to the postseason (Detroit) and lost 24-2 to the New York Giants in the first round.