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Dirk Koetter

Team/position: Atlanta offensive coordinator

Age: 53

Previous NFL head coaching interviews: Koetter spoke with Denver in January 2011 before the Broncos hired John Fox. Koetter has college head coaching experience at Boise State (1998 to 2000) and Arizona State (2001 to 2006).

Why is Koetter radar-worthy?: During the previous five seasons as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator, Koetter didn’t have the necessary talent to fully showcase his passing offense. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez gave Koetter that opportunity in 2012 and he ran with it. Atlanta fields the NFL’s No. 5 passing offense at 286.4 yards a game, putting the Falcons on pace for the highest single-season mark in franchise history.

Potential fit: Jim Schwartz should be safe for another season in Detroit despite his team’s 4-11 record and losing streak that stands at seven games and counting. If he isn’t back, Koetter surely would keep the Matt Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination cranking in high gear.

Trivia note: It’s safe to say Koetter loved being raised in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended high school there (Highland) and returned to coach his alma mater in the early 1980s shortly after graduating as a four-year starting quarterback at Idaho State, which is located in Pocatello as well. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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