The three most important figures in an NFL game: The guy in charge of the offense, the guy in charge of the defense and the quarterback.
The Atlanta Falcons have: Dan Quinn, a head coach with a defensive background who presumably has some say over his in-game defense; offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Matt Ryan.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have: Dirk Koetter, a head coach just promoted from OC who will still call plays; defensive coordinator Mike Smith and quarterback Jameis Winston.
Three of these six — Smith, Koetter and Ryan — worked for the Falcons and nearly won an NFC title in January 2013. Also of note: The Falcons and Bucs open against each other at the doomed Dome on Sunday.
Enough blather. One question: If you were an NFL owner, which threesome would you rather have? Thanks in advance for the input.