ESPN says the Falcons will bump Manuel to DC, but does it matter?

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Before the fall. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Atlanta Falcons are expected to name secondary coach Marquand Manuel their defensive coordinator. As noted, this would be no great shock. But here we have to ask: Does it matter?

As McClure notes, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that head coach Dan Quinn began calling defensive signals in December — between the Arizona game, which the Falcons won, and the Kansas City, which the Falcons lost on Eric Berry’s Pick-2. I’m not surprised this happened. (Heck, I advocated it.)

The timing might have been a little odd: Were Quinn going to make such a change, wouldn’t the most propitious moment have been the bye week before Arizona, as opposed to after? Nonetheless, when you have a statistically bad defense and a statistically great offense and you’re a defensive coordinator by trade, it’s almost incumbent on you as a head coach to intercede. And the Falcons’ defense, as we all saw, got better over the season’s final weeks and was, until the final few minutes of the Super Bowl, rather good in the playoffs.

McClure speculates that Manuel will probably be allowed to call plays, which would be a sign of trust in the new D.C. But would it be the best thing for the Falcons? If you’re asking which man in the brick building at 4400 Falcon Parkway I’d most trust calling the defense going forward, it’s still Quinn. It’s always going to be Quinn.


Further reading: The Falcons’ defense will be better for changing; the offense will not.

Still further: Their Super collapse could stunt the young Falcons’ growth.

And this one again: The Falcons lose the most Atlanta game ever.

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timus
timus

 The Giants beat the patriots twice and what I think made a huge difference was subbing the D line in and out the entire game.  The DC should have been aware of that.  Maybe the Falcons D line wasn't as deep as the Giants but once they got winded Tom Brady had his way with them!

Paul-jr
Paul-jr

The offense lost this game in the second half.

HotDawg
HotDawg

At least they finally got rid of the clown, DL coach.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Who?

Was this another Affirmative Action hire?

butchcat
butchcat

Falcons HC calls defensive plays in SB..  Patriots score 31 unanswered points in 2nd half.  Hmm?

TideDawg
TideDawg

The Falcons are in good shape with coach and personnel. Clock management cost them a SB, but that is a problem that is fixed with experience not by trading or drafting. When a team gets to the SB level every detail of the game is important. Clock management was the forgotten detail in the loss. They will improve that part of their game but only experience over the years tells you that each incident is different and calls for a different strategy. You can't "fix" everything but experience provides you with the ability to adjust to changing conditions.


Will Ryan have another MVP season, will he get through without getting hurt......not likely. It's time to draft a replacement to fill Ryan's shoes and start training him to take over in a couple of years. That's not disrespectful to Ryan.....it's just good business.

SeaDog46
SeaDog46

Makes no sense to promote the guy who coaches the absolute worst defensive secondary in football.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@SeaDog46 Could be the problem was personnel not coaching but I tend to agree with you.

slydawg
slydawg

No worries MB.... Maybe now Quinn can focus on what's most important for a head coach.... Clock management and situational football. Apparently, we've just been swinging for the fences and got lucky against some teams who had flawed rosters. This was the best chance for the Falcons to win a SB and Quinn blew it. Now all the other contenders will just get stronger. All the other contenders will just let the Falcons best themselves ( they have the tape now) if this coach does not figure out the art and science of head coaching real fast. Quinn got lucky by coaching like a coordinator, swinging from the seat of his pants. Maybe this move helps. Who knows?

PTCer
PTCer

Quinn needs to be schooled by Parcells or Madden. Seriously. Doesn't grasp the big picture game perspective. It gets tiresome that Quinn is "learning" on our time and on our dime!

Mutley
Mutley

Doesn't matter who runs what. The CURSE still runs Atlanta.

Infinite Hope
Infinite Hope

Hold the door open, Mark.  Q has been grooming this guy since 2012.  

forexbomb
forexbomb

The DEFENSE was NOT the problem.  The game was lost by the head coach and the offensive coordinator... The defense played better in every game.. Yes they were lit up by the BEST offense in the NFL.. and our offense didn't help any in the second half!  It was ABSURD to fire the defensive coordinator..  Pathetic...  Who is running that asylum...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@forexbomb: "Yes they were lit up by the BEST offense in the NFL . . . ."

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ATL had "the BEST offense in the NFL"--not NE!

So you're saying ATL's defense was lit up by ATL's offense?

Hello?

colt07
colt07

So let me get this straight, we promoted the guy who coached the players who got lit up by the Patriots. The guy who coached the players who were pretty much awful all year. This seems like a step in the right direction (and don't give me they improved all year - they got killed in the Super Bowl).

tyger
tyger

Hypo: If roles reversed...


Does Tom Brady lose w 25pt. lead?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@tyger

You keep asking and I keep telling you . . . NOPE--Brady nor any other Super Bowl QB (except Ryan) loses with a 25-point lead. Thus, we have the greatest comeback/collapse in SB history.

PTCer
PTCer

Brady didn't beat us -- he was too busy sulking in the corner -- some leader! I wouldn't even cite Belly considering their pathetic Offensive play for 3-1/2 quarters.

No, Shanahan (with his rigid, ego-centric play-calling) won this for the Patriots along with their DC and Defense creating turnovers.

douglasT
douglasT

I am concerned about whomever is going to be calling the offensive plays towards the end of the game. 

slydawg
slydawg

It should be Ryan, who cowardly did not audible out of those bad plays when he knew better.

PTCer
PTCer

I agree. He should have taken over, if he felt the calls weren't right. Instead, he burns a time-out because his helmet radio isn't working. Maybe he should have pretended that he couldn't hear the play-calling and gone rogue.

I certainly trust his judgement over Shanny, who perched high in the clouds booth, was already mentally in Haight-Ashbury. He clearly didn't have his mind on or in the game. Otherwise, he would have realized we were within field goal range at a critical point in the game.

Instead....