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7-9, 2nd in NFC South

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

With Falcons losing senior assistant and newly appointed game/clock management guy Kyle Flood to Alabama, as reported by ESPN radio's Ian Fitzsimmons, Dan Quinn has to find another person to fill that role. Not immediately clear who would step in as of Friday afternoon. Flood was the assistant offensive line coach and former head coach at Rutgers. Other guys such as offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, tight ends coach Mike Mularkey, and assistant head coach/wide receiver Raheem Morris with head-coaching experience and have dealt with game/clock management, but that's not to assume either of the three would assist in that management role.

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Falcons' McKinley with family after evaluation

Takkarist McKinley is with a family member in Oakland, California, after undergoing a mental evaluation. An Atlanta Falcons spokesman told The Associated Press that McKinley was "in a good spot."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons TE Austin Hooper to me on being named to the Pro Bowl, replacing Zach Ertz: ``It's a huge honor that not a lot of people get to be a part of. Just looking forward to the opportunity. It just solidifies the hard work that I've put in has paid off in a big way. I'm very fortunate.''

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn on reported incident involving DE Takk McKinley: “We were recently made aware of the situation involving Takk in Los Angeles earlier today. Any time a situation occurs that is or could be related to mental health issues we take it very seriously. We will do everything we possibly can to support and assist Takk as our players' mental and physical well-being are always our top priority.'' The Los Angeles Police Department did not confirm or give details about McKinley reportedly being detained and having a mental evaluation, per privacy laws, when reached by ESPN.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons tight end Austin Hooper headed to his first Pro Bowl as a replacement for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Hooper had a breakout season with 71 catches for 660 yards and four touchdowns. Those 71 receptions ranked fourth among all tight ends in the league behind Ertz (116), Travis Kelce (103), and George Kittle (88). Both WR Julio Jones and C Alex Mack wee named to Pro Bowl for Falcons but Jones already pulled out due to injury.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

A former Washington Redskin on new Falcons special teams coach Ben Kotwica: ``A good guy and military guy who flew helicopters in war. He's detailed and coaches a mentality.'' Kotwica served eight years in the Army after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy. He was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Korea, and Iraq. He also served as escorts for former President George W. Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In Operation Iraqi Freedom II, Kotwica served as a Combat Attack Helicopter Commander and flew more than 1,000 combat hours in support of five maneuver brigades within the 1st Calvary Division. During his service, Kotwica received the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star.

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Falcons welcome back Koetter to run offense

Dirk Koetter, who served as the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014, is returning to the team in the same role. He was recently fired as head coach of the Bucs.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons officially announce Dirk Koetter as the new offensive coordinator and Mike Mularkey as the tight ends coach. Koetter was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2012-2014. Mularkey was the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2008-2011. Matt Ryan comfortable with both Koetter and Mularkey and said in the past that Koetter made him feel more confident as a quarterback.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

If Dirk Koetter turns down other suitors and comes back to become the Falcons offensive coordinator, it would mean he'll likely be paid as one of the top coordinators in the league, if not the top. And no doubt he would receive a multi-year deal, possibly even a three-year contract. It's highly doubtful he would come back for a possible one-and-done situation, with next year being a critical one for the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn after a 7-9 season. Koetter a great fit for quarterback Matt Ryan, who praised Koetter from the first time around for making him a more confident signal-caller.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong interviewed for the same position with the Buffalo Bills, I'm told. Armstrong has coached special teams with the Falcons, Dolphins, and Bears.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards290.84th
Rushing Yards98.327th
Points For25.910th
Points Against26.4