Matt Ryan pleased with return of Dirk Koetter

Kevin C. Cox

Ryan echoed head coach Mike Smith with his jubilant remarks about Koetter's commitment to stay in Atlanta another year.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan expressed excitement today that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter decided to return for the 2013 season. Koetter interviewed for the Kansas City Chiefs head coaching position on Tuesday. He was rumored to be a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns positions as well before removing his name from consideration and deciding to stay in Atlanta. Ryan's excitement echoed that of Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

"I’m excited about it," Ryan said. "He’s obviously a great coach and has helped us out a bunch this year. I think the guys enjoy working with him and learning from him. I’m excited he’s going to be here, and I know the guys are, too."

Under Koetter's tutelage, Ryan threw for a franchise-record 4,719 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.

"I think the thing everybody respects and likes the most is that he trusts our guys to go out there and make plays," Ryan said. "He’s not afraid to be aggressive and it’s been fun."

The Falcons earned home-field advantage in the NFC and currently await their opponent for the divisional playoffs.

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