Eric Sutulovich | Atlanta Falcons

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Organization: Pro Football
Position: Asst. Special Teams Coach
League: National Football League


Eric Sutulovich will continue to work with Special Teams Coordinator Keith Armstrong to make sure the Falcons units continue to be considered among the very best in the NFL. The 2016 season will be Sutulovich’s eighth season in Atlanta.

Last season, P Matt Bosher ranked sixth in the League and second in the NFC with an average of 47.2 yards per punt. Also, his career-high 69-yard punt against the Giants in Week 2 was the sixth longest in the NFL.

In 2014, WR Eric Weems played a key role on Atlanta’s coverage units since returning to the Falcons in 2014. The Pro Bowl special teams ace notched a team record six special teams tackles (according to STATS LLC.) in Atlanta’s Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers. Since 1994, Weems is one of 11 players in the NFL to post six special teams tackles in a single game. According to STATS LLC.,

In 2013, Atlanta’s special teams unit allowed 7.6 yards per punt return, which ranked among the NFL leaders. Under the guidance of Sutulovich, top-tier gunners WR Drew Davis and RB Antone Smith led the coverage units. Davis and Smith combined for 18 special teams tackles while forcing oppenets to settle for 23 fair catches with 26 of P Matt Bosher’s kicks landing inside the 20-yard line.

With assistance from Sutulovich in 2012, Atlanta’s kicking game was propelled by kicker Matt Bryant as the Falcons posted a 13-3 record and won their second NFC South Division crown since 2010. Bryant produced another solid season in 2012, by connecting on 33 of 38 field goals, all 44 PATs and tallied a career and franchise single-season high 143 points. Bryant not only set the franchise mark for points in a season, he also set a new franchise mark for most field goals made in a season (33).

With Sutulovich’s help, Atlanta’s punt coverage unit led the League in punt return average by allowing just 4.8 yards per return in 2011. In addition to that impressive number, the Falcons special team’s unit forced their opponents to start a NFL-high 62 drives inside their 20-yard line.

Individual achievements were also a highlight in 2011 for the Birds special teams. K Matt Bryant set a franchise record for most consecutive field goals made in team history with 27 when he connected on a 47-yarder in the third quarter at Detroit in Week 7. Rookie LB Akeem Dent collared 19 special teams tackles, which was tied for the second-highest total in a single-season in club history.

In 2010, through Sutulovich’s assistance, the Falcons special teams continued to excel. Atlanta’s kickoff unit held opponents to an NFL-best average starting position of their own 22.2-yard line after kickoffs. The Falcons were led by specialist Eric Weems who averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranked third in the NFL and earned his first Pro Bowl selection.

Sutulovich came to Atlanta after working for one season with the Detroit Lions as an Offensive Assistant in 2008. His original foray into the NFL came with the Houston Texans in its inaugural campaign in 2002. Sutulovich was the team’s Assistant Special Teams Coach for four seasons (2002-05).

Prior to his stint in the NFL, Sutulovich spent one season as a football assistant for the University of Kansas. He also spent time in the collegiate ranks with Fort Scott Community College as the Offensive Coordinator (2001), the University of Pittsburgh as the offensive graduate assistant (2000-01) and Louisiana Tech as the offensive graduate assistant (1997-99).

Sutulovich and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Sage and Ellie, and two sons, Maddax and Gabe.

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