A defensive coach to offense? The Falcons again stump the band

Angry Birds. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

“If we had a DB coach helping us, we’d be better.” (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

Just finished listening to Dan Quinn on a conference call. He wanted, he said, “to explain my thinking.” I’ve heard the explanation. I still don’t get it.

The Atlanta Falcons are moving Raheem Morris, a career defensive man, to offense. He’ll coach receivers and help Kyle Shanahan, who could stand some assistance, with the passing game. And here we go, “Huh?”

The Falcons’ two biggest assets are Julio Jones, who’s a receiver, and Matt Ryan, who’s a passer. (Jones had a great 2015 season; Ryan did not.) And maybe you’re saying: “Football’s football — what difference does it make?” If so, ask yourself this: Would the Braves ask Roger McDowell to teach Freddie Freeman how to hit to the opposite field?

(OK, not the greatest example. Freeman is actually pretty good at hitting to left. But you get the drift.)

I’m reasonably convinced Quinn is a bright guy, and I have high expectations for him as a head coach. But this I don’t get. Maybe the logic is too high-minded for a dim bulb like me to see it. Or maybe this defies logic.

Further reading: So why doesn’t Atlanta ever win the big prize?

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Ain'tEasybeingFalcon
Ain'tEasybeingFalcon

This is the kind of move you make when you have the wrong offensive coordinator. If you had a good one, you definitely wouldn't give him a defensive coach to help him.


FalconsDetective
FalconsDetective

Who knew Blank could be as bad or worse an owner than the Smith's?

At least they never paraded around on the sidelines like anyone actually wants to see them.

toddm22
toddm22

Mark- my guess is that Raheem being a former head coach probably knows a little something about offense as well. my theory is that he could be over there to take over the offense if Shanahan can't get it together next year.

DoubleSubject
DoubleSubject

Or, would you put Roger McDowell in a fan relations job?

Big Wally
Big Wally

On a related note, the Falcons just announced that the water boy will be this years defensive coordinator.  

Big Wally
Big Wally

.....and we wonder why this franchise has never won a Super Bowl.  Go figure.

ATLFan
ATLFan

Sounds like Coach Quinn wants someone he trusts who has had head coaching experience (Raheem Morris) in all the offensive meetings. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. 

Whom, BTW, I would have fired on the spot for forcing three straight passes to Roddy White to open the game against the Colts just to stick it to the home fans. Unforgivable.

mdet
mdet

Blank is certainly an incompetent owner.

Arkansas_Transplant
Arkansas_Transplant

This organization is incompetent from top to bottom. They have and will never understand the logistics of just what it takes to build a winning club. Why anyone would want to support this misery of a club is beyond me.

Edgar
Edgar

April 28, 2011. Number one pick: Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)

April 28, 2011. Number two pick: Von Miller (Denver Broncos)

Mike Shula and Wade Phillips have plenty of talent to make Super Bowl 50 quite interesting. Let's see if the new receivers coach can take the talent he gets and has to make a great offense.

That coach up I-85 would have been fired if the club didn't exercise patience.

Jetiredo
Jetiredo

If anyone knows how to get receivers to get big games its morris

UGA76
UGA76

There was a very clear football 101 clinic on Championship Sunday.  Denver and Charlotte won because they could protect their QB and make life unbearable for the QBs from mighty New England and Arizona.  Tom Brady was hit, hurried and sacked like he was Matt Ryan.  The results of that constant pressure was to turn Tom Brady into an average QB that day.  

Nothing will change with Atlanta until they get rid of Dimitroff and bring in a GM that can put together effective offensive and defensive lines.  I had great hope for Quinn but his support of Dimitroff and Shanahan and this recent nonsense of moving a DB coach to offense is the final show of arrogance.  That moves reeks of Dimitroff’s attitude, "I'm smarter than everyone".I will draft injury riddled college players and make them healthy.

camelToeJoe
camelToeJoe

The best defensive coordinators talk to offensive coordinators all the time and vice versa.  How would you attack our weakness?  


A guy who really understands how defensive backs are taught could give a ton of information to a wide receiver.  But it is hard to see this as a permanent move.  Why not just as an advisory role.

SteveH
SteveH

Maybe Coach is trying to shake up the thinking by putting people who know the fundamentals in different coaching positions.

patriotdog
patriotdog

If Freddie were that good at using left field, teams wouldn't employ the shift against him.

If the Falcons were a logically run organization, Dimitroff would have been gone along with Smitty...or instead of Smitty.

This move is...unusual, even for the Dysfunctional Falcons.

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

Mark, you trust Dan Quinn?


The guy who ignored every fact about Kyle Shanahan's nepotism-fueled career to hire him to ruin Matt Ryan, and then after he did ruin Matt Ryan, refused to fire him???


You actually still trust that moron? Really?


This is who Kyle Shanahan is: https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/3vzjol/what_is_wrong_with_the_atlanta_falcons_a_look/


And that's the guy Quinn hired and now refuses to fire.


Dan Quinn, Dimitroff, and Shanahan will all be fired after 2016 is over and done, having wasted yet another Falcons season, and perhaps, after having fully ruined Matt Ryan to the point where not even 2017's new coach, Josh McDaniels could fix him.

HistoryofMatt
HistoryofMatt

@TOJacket @HistoryofMatt If you can't see the writing on the wall for Quinn based on his idiotic decisions to back Shanahan and Dimitroff, you're not paying attention.

gulfwavesgary
gulfwavesgary

Watching Denver's constant pass rush in Tom Bradys face enough to stop he and his team, and seeing the falcons empty promise of a pass rush made me become a Denver fan. Let me know when the Falcons start to sack and actually hit the opposing QB. Until then I will quit watching losers.