One beneath-the-radar storyline surrounding the Atlanta Falcons as we hover in direction of practicing camp is head coach Dan Quinn taking elephantine control of his defense this season.
After firing his coordinator last one year, on the side of a whole crew overhaul, Quinn is taking tag, getting motivate to his roots as a defensive play-caller and hopes that the recalibrations made this offseason conjure a extra physical fashion.
“Better than the leisure the tweaks in the design on the side of the tweaks in the fashion to make certain that we recapture that, I might ensure that the things are the largest cease on the front of our pondering and the physicality and the ball-hawking will completely be a few of these,” Quinn acknowledged this offseason, thru the crew’s first price online online page.
A coach taking on play-calling duties will likely be viewed because the last arrow in a quiver that is swiftly emptying. Or, it might per chance probably also prove a stroke of genius that will get the Falcons motivate to the playoffs. Atlanta employed Quinn for his management, nonetheless additionally because he used to be ready to relieve handbook some of the stingiest, toughest defenses in the as much as the moment generation during his stint in Seattle.
For years, the Falcons have attempted to replicate these Seahawks teams nonetheless continuously got right here up short. With Quinn taking on, and extra physical personnel, might per chance per chance also the stars at last align in Atlanta?
Staying healthy is compulsory. Keanu Neal’s Week 1 ACL streak last season ripped the heart of the motivate cease. Deion Jones conducted neutral six video games. Every will likely be motivate in 2019. The Falcons additionally moved security Damontae Kazee to nickel cornerback to fetch his physicality on the discipline alongside Neal and Ricardo Allen.
Quinn talked about Neal’s return to boot to other additions to a disappointing defensive front when declaring why he thinks the Falcons will likely be a physical defense in 2019.
“Keke brings reasonably plenty of that,” Quinn acknowledged. “He’s one in all the ring leaders of our fashion. Putting Kazee by the motorway of scrimmage will cease that, his fearlessness will likely be a phase of that. Adding Adrian Clayborn and Tyeler (Davison) and his toughness these are miniature tweaks which might per chance presumably be going to pay neutral dividends.”
If these tweaks prove now to not pay dividends, louder questions will arise as as to whether Quinn can ever remake these physical defenses he presided over in Seattle.