Former Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter returns to Falcons as offensive coordinator

A familiar face will be returning to the Falcons’ sidelines.

The team announced Tuesday it hired former Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter as its offensive coordinator.

“We are fired up to have Dirk join our staff as our offensive coordinator,” coach Dan Quinn said. “His experience and familiarity with our division will also pay dividends as we move forward.”

It marks the second time Koetter has been the Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He held the position from 2012-14 until he moved on to Tampa Bay to hold the same position under Lovie Smith.

When Smith was fired, Koetter took over as head coach. However, after three seasons at the helm and a 19-29 overall record, Koetter was fired this offseason.

Despite the losing record, Koetter’s offense with the Buccaneers was ranked first in the league in passing yards per game (320.3) and third in total yards per game (415.5).

The Falcons, which struggled in the red zone this past season, ranked third in pass offense in two of Koetter’s three years as their offensive coordinator.

After ending the year with a 7-9 record, Quinn fired offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

Koetter is the first coordinator hired since Quinn cleaned house.