Atlanta Falcons Grasping For Straws with Coaching Shakeup

Atlanta Falcons, Dan Quinn (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Square Pegs in Round Holes

What the Atlanta Falcons mind bogging staff moves in the middle of the season truly highlight, is the fact that all three of these assistants were not coaching in their areas of expertise.

Raheem Morris was inexplicably coaching wide receivers, when he has only coached defense in his entire college and NFL coaching career. He has specialized in developing defensive backs, with that being the only position he has coached.

Dave Brock was also out-of-place as the Atlanta Falcons running backs coach. What reasoning did Dan Quinn have for shifting Brock to coach ball carriers, when he hasn’t tutored the position since 1996 at Hofstra?

While Brock was miscast coaching running backs, Bernie Parmalee who gained 3,664 yards from scrimmage and scored 20 touchdowns in his nine-year career as an NFL ball carrier with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, was assisting as a special teams coach. Why was that the case?

The Atlanta Falcons coaching staff being in miss-matched roles adds to the evidence against Dan Quinn. He previously hired offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian who had no NFL play-calling experience and asked him to run Kyle Shannon’s offense.

Dan Quinn also has asked current offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, to retain the zone blocking scheme of the Shanahan offense. These coaching assignments are prime examples of him attempting to fit square pegs in round holes

Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn always talks a good game about featuring his players in the best positions for them to be successful. However, it appears as though he can’t even feature his assistant coaches, in their correct roles for them and the players to be most successful. Quinn clearly appears to be in over his head.

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It is a sad state of affairs for the Atlanta Falcons fan base, when the team is so down that there is very little social media trash talk towards the opposing teams’ fans. That is during New Orleans Saints hate week of all weeks, a time which the trash talk is usually exchanged regularly.

Atlanta Falcons fans seem to be much more preoccupied with how the team can obtain Ohio State stud pass rusher Chase Young in the 2020 NFL Draft, than how the team can defeat their biggest rival. It is unfortunate that the attention is already turning towards the future, but at this point the future is all that Falcons fans have to look forward to.