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Atlanta Falcons: Top Candidates For The Defensive Coordinator Spot -- Who's The Best Fit?


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Dark Horse: Mike Singletary.

He would be a great option for the Atlanta Falcons and their defensive coordinator spot.

I believe that it may be unlikely, but he would help the Falcon's young, talented linebackers thrive in a new system. Singletary would likely bring in a 3-4 system and the Falcons would have to adjust to that, but once they did they could be dangerous.

The Falcons obvious strength on defense is their linebackers, and Singletary could make this group into one of the best in the league.

Singletary also has plenty of experience in coaching and he expects excellence from his players. He is a very passionate, emotional coach and he would likely get the most from his players.

However, I see this as an unlikely possibility for the Falcons.

Good Fit: Steve Spagnuolo.

Steve Spagnuolo would be a good fit for the Falcons and he would likely create a lot of excitement.

Spagnuolo also carries a heavy defensive past and has worked in a 3-4 and 4-4 scheme in the past. He ran a 4-3 as head coach in St. Louis and as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. I believe that means that he would run a 4-3 if he took over in Atlanta.

Spagnuolo is a coach that is known for getting the most out of his defensive line and that is something that is needed desperately in Atlanta. The Falcons have a talented defensive line, but they have underperformed.

Spagnuolo is a type of coach that can do great things with limited talent on a defensive roster. The Falcons definitely have great players in all three phases on defense and Spagnuolo could inspire these guys to greatness.

The Falcons would love to get Spagnuolo, but so would a ton of other teams. Spagnuolo could very well end up in Atlanta and he'd fit well there, but chances are that he will end up somewhere else.

Perfect Fit: Mike Nolan.

Many people know that the Atlanta Falcons are trying to get either Spagnuolo or Mike Nolan, and in my opinion Nolan is the best fit for the Falcons.

Nolan has experience as a defensive coordinator and as a head coach in the NFL. He will be able to come in and take control of that defense, as well as motivate them to play better than they have in recent years.

Nolan will come with a 3-4 scheme and the Falcons would have to adjust to that, but it may end up being the best thing for the Falcons.

The Falcons have young, athletic players at the linebacker position and they would fit very well in a 3-4 scheme. Atlanta also has the defensive line to play in a 3-4 system. John Abraham and Ray Edwards could hold their own on the edge and Jonathan Babineaux would fit in very well in the nose tackle spot.

A 3-4 scheme is typically ran by a defense that is good at stopping the rush and getting some pressure on the opposing quarterback. I believe that is exactly what the Falcons want to do, and Nolan would be the best coach to come in and do that.

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Sorry, but Babs would not fit at the nose tackle, he doesn't eat up space like a true NT needs to.

In fact Babs is the one guy I see being the odd man. In a 3-4. Edwards could play end, He would need to add some weight, but he plays the run well, Bier an has the motor to play OLB, but would need to drop some weight, Sidbury and Abe would be the other good OLB(pass coverage would be a liability). Nicholas doesn't seem to fit a 3-4 either, no fast enough to cover, maybe he could play inside with lofton and spoon plays WOLB

All of that depends on getting a huge NT

Of course everything could change if Nolan comes in and we run a hybrid, which I would love, and

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2/3 of the coaches listed do run a 3-4. And Spag is capable of doing it too. We may make the switch. We'll prolly need a season or two to adjust but it'll be worth it in the long run. More of our speedy/fast players will be used. We have hybrid DE/LBs in Walker, Sid, and maybe even Beerman? Plus, I personally think 3-4 is a superior form of defense. We just need a moster NT.

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Babs at nonse??? You would see this 6th ranked run defense go straight down to 32nd... i think some ppl dnt realize how big a difference 34 and a 43 is... Different gap responsibilties, different spacings. Diifferent eveerything... And we drafted players to fit the 43... I cN see maybe a hybird but only going to a 34 look on 3rd n long to send blitz packages but thats about all...

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Decoud/Sanders? Moore

Robinson Owens/Franks

Sidbury/Spoon/Lofton/FA

Babs/FA/Draft pick/Peters.

In this situation you let Abraham/Bierman go and sign 3/4 free agents to plug thier holes.

Anthony Spencer is a free agent i believe.

I would love to play the 3/4 here in Atlanta

Don't forget bout Vance Walker. He can be good in 3-4. Also, Beerman can contribute more.

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The Falcons have young, athletic players at the linebacker position and they would fit very well in a 3-4 scheme. Atlanta also has the defensive line to play in a 3-4 system. John Abraham and Ray Edwards could hold their own on the edge and Jonathan Babineaux would fit in very well in the nose tackle spot.

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You know, as much as I dislike the Koetter hire, the Singletary hire wouldn't upset me. If he can't add anything in terms of X's and O's he can at least snap our defense of the sleepwalking they do on 3rd down and late in games. We need his fire on this team. A little bat$#!t can be handy every now and then.

Spags is still my #1 choice.

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