DarrellShropshire Posted May 10, 2015 Share Posted May 10, 2015 Before I address the upgrades on the roster, I am going to talk about what Quinn brings to the table, that Smitty never brought:- Hands-On Player Development - From what I've seen already, Quinn is a firm believer in Hands-On coaching. The coaches Quinn brought on his staff, are all coaches that believe in this as well. This is something that was rarely seen from Smith and his staff, and I believe this was a big reason in why we struggled mightily in developing our younger players. Our former staff would, for the most part, be seen with a notepad, and would tell the players what to do, and excpect them to listen and perform. That is a difficult way to improve in a physical sport such as football. What we've seen from Quinn so far has been a complete 180. We see the coaches throwing the balls around with the players. Jamming receivers at the line. Performing pass rush techniques. Getting in the players face and being physical with them. Running some of the drills with the players. Not only does that give the players a better idea of how to learn and perform, but also sets the tone and shows them that the coaches are as commited to the teams success as the players. More physical, and fast paced mentality. All this, will help the players develop better, and correct their mistakes with much greater ease.- Full Speed, All the Time - When I used to watch Smittys practices, it seemed like more of a high school practice, than an NFL team. Players weren't demanded to go full speed. Many would be just taking in the weather, and just going through the motions. How you practice, is a precedent that is set for game day. Having lackadaisical practices, is in my opinion, why we struggled to keep leads in 2nd halfs. We never kept the foot on the gas in practice, and that would transfer to game day. I have all the faith in the world, that regardless of the win or loss, Quinn will have these guys playing there ***** off for a full 60 minutes on Sundays this Fall. Smitty was like your grandpa playing golf. Quinn is like your bad *** uncle that is always down for a game of tackle football in the back yard. He wants the guys to compete to win, all the time, every time.- Playing to players strengths - this is something that every player wants from the coach. They want the coach to put them in the right position for the player to do there best. Smith, and more so Nolan and Koetter, would mAke the players adapt to the scheme, rather than the scheme adapting to the player. You can have the best strategy in the world, but if you are having Paul Worrilow cover slot receiver late in games, or throwing bubble screens to Julio Jones on 3rd and long, you will not have much success in this league. That's why that staff, for the most part, are in the unemployment line. Quinn is not a far if of taking a starter out, in favor of a back up, if the back up puts the team in a better position to succeed on the current down. Unlike Nolan, Quinn's scheme is very black and white. While Nolan wanted us to do 100 different plays at an average level of success, Quinn wants the team to do 10 plays at an extremely high success rate. Best quote for this, would be "quality over quantity". Done are the days of Hageman dropping into coverage, or Stephen Jackson up the middle for a 1 yard loss on every 1st down. We have a true players coach, that is not afraid to lay down the hammer.- Energy - This may not seem like a lot, but could be the biggest difference between 4-12 or 10-6. Quinn has been quoted as saying things like " make this your best off season to date" or "make this the best game week of your career". Coach Quinn is constantly pushing the players mentally. He is always trying to push them to there mental and physical limits, and that is going to get all of the players untapped potentials, and natural talent out of them every day, every practice, every game day. If you did amazing one week, he wants you to push yourself to build on that, and do it even better the following week. Unlike during the Smith area, these are all qualities that will make this team perform better each and every week, instead of peaking in October. Quinn is I stilling this kind of attitude and environment that will allow us to see our football team play it's best in December and January. He always wants you to do better than the previous week. Having a coach constantly pushing you to perform at your best, will go a long way, both mentally, and in production.Now after talking about the improvement of Quinn over Smith in a coaching aspect, I'd like to address some of the notable improvements we've seen on the roster, due to Quinn arriving in Flowery Branch:- DE Goodman - While Nolan and Smith wanted Goodman to come in at 280-290, Quinn has had Goodman get down to about 265, to take advantage of his real, raw talent. In his senior year, Goodman was beginning to come into his own as a player, and recorded 9.5 sacks. He comes to Atlanta, and Smittys gang of dumbazz's want him to balloon up, and lose his explosiveness, thus limiting him as a DE. Now we have Goodman at his more natural weight, and primed for a breakout year. He may not get double digit sacks, or even start, but we will see a much more affective and efficient Goodman when he does see the field.- SLB Reed - This is one guy, that I think will surprise a lot of people here. He was misused in Houston, largely due to the lack of MLB depth, and the constant absence of Brian Cushing. Reed is the perfect strong side linebacker for Quinn's 43 front. I think we will see pro bowl caliber numbers from this guy, and career numbers across the board. Reed has never been in a system that has catered to his skill set, as much as this scheme does. He very well could get double digit sacks, and be a huge factor in the passing game. He will be our leader of the front 7, and will bring a lot of heart and energy to this defense.- Promising running game - Quinn has said multiple times that he believe in a balanced offensive attack. With the addition of offensive mastermind kyle Shanahan calling the plays, you can excpect this team to run the ball down your throat, to set up big plays and quick strikes in the passing game. Add in the development of Devonta, and the selection of Coleman, and we have a scary, young running game. Tevin is a workhorse RB that can carry the ball 15-20 times a game. While on passing downs, we can lean more towards Freeman, who showed some very promising flashes as a pass catcher during his rookie campaign. Both are very young, and are one cut and go backs. Both cN make you whiff as a tackler, or straight knock you off your feet. Add in a special big play threat like Antone Smith, and we are looking to have a very scary offense this year. Excpect a lot of big play running plays, allowing a lot of play action passes to Julio thundering down the sideline like seabiscuit.- Size and speed at Cornerback - I've never seen this length and speed at the. CB position on one team. Yes they are all very young, but we have Raheem Morris, who is arguably the best DB coach in the league. With Trufant becoming a top 3 CB in the entire league, added in with Collins, Southward, and King, we have CBs who raw he between 6'-6'3". Add in the fact that all of them run in 4.3-4.4, and we have a lot of promising talent in that group. While Alford is a tad shorter, he should be far from slept on. With his burst, leaping ability, and tackling ability, he will excel mightily in Quinn's scheme. ****, we may have one of the best, young, and most athletic CB squads in the league. With our size, speed, and depth, it's going to cause fits with opposing WR's, and give QB's a lot of headaches.- Pass rush - we all know how bad the pass rush has been. Beating a dead horse would be an understatement at this point. In free agency, we got a very solid LDE starter in Adrian Clayborn. While he does have a checkered injury history, he has been one of the better LDE in the leGue when he's been healthy. He is a powerful pass rusher, who also is a great run defender. He brings a lot of power off the left side of the defensive line, but a also has the ability to move inside on obvious passing downs. He is a guy that I could see eclipse 8 or so sacks this season. He has a lot of energy, and is playing for a new contract this year. He is still fairly young, and can have. Very successful career as a dirty bird, if he can put the injuries behind him. While Clayborn was a big addition to the pass rush, the biggest addition, was added a couple of weeks ago. When we drafted Vic Beasley at 8th, I was spinning around and yelling, because we finally have that dynamic franchise pass rusher. A Von miller/Demarcus ware type talent. The dude is a physical freak. His combine numbers were legendary, and his tape was arguably even more impressive. He is the definition of a dynamic speed rusher. Not only do I see him getting 12-16 sack this year, but I see him as being one of the best run defenders on the team by the last few weeks of the season. He has all the traits of an All-Pro pass rusher, and has the natural talent and strength to be a 20 sack playmaker from the LEO spot in 2-3 yeRs. We hit the jail straight on the head with this one. If he wasn't a perfect of a match for us already, he is going to give it that little extra everyday due to Quinn, and his lifelong fan hood of the ATL dirty birds. Cannot wait to see him bull rush, dip and rip, or just go into a spin cycle on the way to crushing Drew Brees in the superdome. We have a once in a generation edge rusher on our team. The pieces for this team to have sustained, long term success are really falling into place.Just wanted to give my 2 cents on a few of the notable differences with this team, and why we are going to be in this *****, competing at a high level for a while bro. Watch out for the Quinn dynasty! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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