Quinn right to make changes and run Falcons’ defense, now needs to get Kubiak
Dan Quinn led the Falcons to a Super Bowl in his second season. Two years later, he’s smart enough to understand the realities of the coaching profession — that at this time next season he could be out of a job if things go horribly wrong again. But this has the potential to work out well for the Falcons if the correct hires are made moving forward.
Quinn has strengths as a head coach but also weaknesses. Here’s one: He struggles at times with game management/clock management decisions. Because he is now taking on the duties of defensive coordinator, expect the Falcons to hire an assistant coach to help him in those areas.
The offense wasn’t nearly as bad as has been painted, but Sarkisian has been a human pin cushion since being hired. Despite poor pass protection and running issues stemming from line problems, the Falcons ranked sixth in total offense, 10th in scoring, 10th in touchdowns and 11th in red-zone touchdown percentage.
But even with injuries and blocking problems, there were too many times when a high-powered, well-compensated offense led by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones failed — against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Dallas, New Orleans, Baltimore and Green Bay. In each of those seven games, the Falcons scored 20 points or less and lost.
Gary Kubiak, who has won four Super Bowls as a coach, including one as the head coach of Denver, has said he wants back in the game as a coordinator after taking a year off for health issues.
Kubiak would be a home run hire, both because of his proven success and his familiarity with the Falcons’ scheme. He reportedly is intrigued by the chance to work with the Falcons’ talent, which dwarfs that on the Denver roster. His choice of quarterbacks: Ryan in Atlanta or Case Keenum in Denver?
The only thing that could keep him in Denver would be his long-standing relationship with general manager John Elway. Because if it’s a football decision, it’s not even close.
The next best choice would be former Denver and Chicago offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who was fired as Miami’s head coach. But Gase may get other head coaching offers, as could Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Mike Munchak (another potential candidate for the Falcons). There also has been much discussion about former Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a friend of Quinn’s who was fired after the 2017 season.