Running back Todd Gurley gave the Falcons their first 100-yard rushing performance since 2018 when he ran for 121 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers last week. Gurley has scored at least one touchdown in four of the Falcons' five games.
One player who the Falcons hope will become more involved is tight end Hayden Hurst, who does have two touchdowns and seven first-down receptions this season. However, he has caught only 15 of his 28 targets for 170 yards, which could indicate he and Ryan are still working on furthering on-field chemistry with one another.
At the center of the offense’s woes has been offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who said he and his unit share part of the blame for the events that have occurred in the first five games.
“Everybody here is hurting for (Quinn) because we all had a part in that,” Koetter said. “We all had a sense of responsibility. It’s been a difficult week but none of our opponents care about that. That’s the business side of the NFL. You still have to be prepared and be ready on Sunday to play our best.”
After Raheem Morris moved from defensive coordinator to interim coach, he said he spoke with Koetter the direction of the offense. The Falcons rank 11th in total offense (391.4 yards per game), eighth in passing (276.8) and 17th in rushing (114.6). If the run game’s numbers continue, this will mark significant improvement from last season’s 30th-place showing at 85.1 rushing yards per game.
Most important, the Falcons sit 21st in the league in scoring at 24.4 points per game. Morris said he spoke with Koetter about ways to tweak the offense so it can perform to its potential during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
“We want to do some different things that are going to change it up, shake this thing up,” Morris said. “Let’s get our players on the field and get them to do what they do best. My conversations with Dirk are in-line. I have a lot of confidence in Dirk. I know exactly who he is. I’ve worked with him for eight games. I played against him for a bunch more than that going way back to Jacksonville. So, my respect for Dirk and who he can be and what he’s going to be in these upcoming weeks is really high.”
Given that Morris fired special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, he was asked why he decided to keep Koetter on for the rest of the season. Despite the offense’s inconsistency at times, Morris said he still has great confidence in his offensive coordinator.
“You’re talking about one of the top, premier coaches in the National Football League over the last however many years that he’s been doing it,” Morris said. “He’s been a coordinator for a long time at a high level. A guy that I respect a lot, learned a lot from over the past year and a half, and I look forward to working with him these 11 games and trying to be our very best self.”