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What's been Dan Quinn's most impactful contribution to this team?


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The atmosphere of competition. You're an UDFA rookie? No problem, go out there and if you play better than the starters in front of you then you'll get playing time. Not a lot of coaches out there that do that without biases for vets, or draft position, or anything else. 

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Attitude/Winning Culture.

I think I remember Tony Gonzalez once saying in an interview something like this: if you played in the NFL, it didn't matter whether you were a 1st round pick or a UDFA, the best of the best will be those who put in the most work to be the best. Lazy 1st rounders will become irrelevant, and dedicated/determined 7th round picks can become HoFer's. The difference between the best and the worst in the NFL is smaller than we think, so the best in the end are the ones who go the extra mile.

I look at this team and see a rare group. So many players, from Julio to UDFA's like Brian Poole, all striving for perfection. No self-centered drama queens. If you look around the NFL you'll see how rare this is. I mentioned this a while back, but there's only one other team I can think of that has a similar culture with its players: the Patriots.

Interestingly enough, someone posted a chart a couple days ago titling all the different super bowl matchup scenarios. The NE vs. ATL matchup was called "Belichick vs. Spawn of Belichick". So it appears I'm not the only one who has noticed this similarity. I don't think we're becoming the Seahawks of the NFC South, I think we're on the path to becomingn the Patriots of the NFC. Of course, time may tell a different story, but I firmly believe we might be on the verge of a golden era under Quinn. 

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37 minutes ago, AmaZze said:

I feel like it was sticking with Shannahan even though everyone wanted him gone. I feel it shows guts to belive in something even though the majority of people didn't get on board.

 Quinn wasnt firing his OC after one year just because the fans were impatient...lol..

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33 minutes ago, BIRDLAND 2.0 said:

The fact that low draft picks and UFAs are contributing tells me superior coaching. None of these contributions , e.g. Gabriel, Poole, Upshaw, Worrilow, are by accident. Smitty never had this type of consistent, confident play. Cue the Smith Drones in 3,2,1...

This.

Next man up mentality doesn't work if they aren't being coached up. People can say "Oh well our depth is better" and while that might be partly true, I think it mostly has to do with coaching & scheme.

Even Worrilow has looked better this year when given reps -- and he's a qualified entity at this point.

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Hands down, the culture of brotherhood. Football is such an extreme TEAM sport. Even baseball seems like individual efforts all grouped together on a field of many people. Dan Quinn has them undeniably believing that they can accomplish ANYTHING as a team if they just work together and work for their fellow man. I never saw this much camaraderie with the MIke Smith teams. It's so clear when players are interviewed and when you watch mic'd up. Freeman handing the football to Levitre to spike after scoring because he was having a baby girl. Ryan always giving credit to his teammates even when asked about his own performance. Hooper saying "I love you man" to Ryan after scoring his TD. It feels like this team wants to win more for their teammates than they do for themselves. This is why we are winning games and this is why even if we don't make it to a Super Bowl this year, I anticipate we will be right back in the #1 or #2 seed in the NFC again next season and the one after that.  

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9 minutes ago, knomercy said:

This.

Next man up mentality doesn't work if they aren't being coached up. People can say "Oh well our depth is better" and while that might be partly true, I think it mostly has to do with coaching & scheme.

Even Worrilow has looked better this year when given reps -- and he's a qualified entity at this point.

This is the sign of a true coach. Check JJ, Gibbs and Walsh. These guys stockpiled low draft picks and coached. Guys worry about Shannahan leaving, but we'll be fine. WCO is a system.

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Honestly, I think it has to be having a clear direction and moving along a path that ultimately sends you towards that direction...

It doesn't matter what the goal is, if you don't set a clear and precise goal and outcome, and the strategy to do it, then you'll just walk yourself in circles...

And everyone has to agree that there isn't one singular approach to winning in the NFL. Quinn has his and he is clearly moving towards the end result of what he wants... And the product on the field is proof...

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14 minutes ago, knomercy said:

This.

Next man up mentality doesn't work if they aren't being coached up. People can say "Oh well our depth is better" and while that might be partly true, I think it mostly has to do with coaching & scheme.

Even Worrilow has looked better this year when given reps -- and he's a qualified entity at this point.

so true. guys like Robinson, Gabriel & Williams were cut for a reason. then you have guys who didn't have a lot of success or none at all and they are being put in position to win. that's not at all by accident.

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40 minutes ago, likeriver said:

Attitude/Winning Culture.

I think I remember Tony Gonzalez once saying in an interview something like this: if you played in the NFL, it didn't matter whether you were a 1st round pick or a UDFA, the best of the best will be those who put in the most work to be the best. Lazy 1st rounders will become irrelevant, and dedicated/determined 7th round picks can become HoFer's. The difference between the best and the worst in the NFL is smaller than we think, so the best in the end are the ones who go the extra mile.

I look at this team and see a rare group. So many players, from Julio to UDFA's like Brian Poole, all striving for perfection. No self-centered drama queens. If you look around the NFL you'll see how rare this is. I mentioned this a while back, but there's only one other team I can think of that has a similar culture with its players: the Patriots.

Interestingly enough, someone posted a chart a couple days ago titling all the different super bowl matchup scenarios. The NE vs. ATL matchup was called "Belichick vs. Spawn of Belichick". So it appears I'm not the only one who has noticed this similarity. I don't think we're becoming the Seahawks of the NFC South, I think we're on the path to becomingn the Patriots of the NFC. Of course, time may tell a different story, but I firmly believe we might be on the verge of a golden era under Quinn. 

POST OF THE DECADE! Admin, frame it, platinum it, enshrine it! Like, Blank will be calling you!:slick:

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1 hour ago, likeriver said:

Attitude/Winning Culture.

I think I remember Tony Gonzalez once saying in an interview something like this: if you played in the NFL, it didn't matter whether you were a 1st round pick or a UDFA, the best of the best will be those who put in the most work to be the best. Lazy 1st rounders will become irrelevant, and dedicated/determined 7th round picks can become HoFer's. The difference between the best and the worst in the NFL is smaller than we think, so the best in the end are the ones who go the extra mile.

I look at this team and see a rare group. So many players, from Julio to UDFA's like Brian Poole, all striving for perfection. No self-centered drama queens. If you look around the NFL you'll see how rare this is. I mentioned this a while back, but there's only one other team I can think of that has a similar culture with its players: the Patriots.

Interestingly enough, someone posted a chart a couple days ago titling all the different super bowl matchup scenarios. The NE vs. ATL matchup was called "Belichick vs. Spawn of Belichick". So it appears I'm not the only one who has noticed this similarity. I don't think we're becoming the Seahawks of the NFC South, I think we're on the path to becomingn the Patriots of the NFC. Of course, time may tell a different story, but I firmly believe we might be on the verge of a golden era under Quinn. 

Well said..honestly the overall team chemistry is as good has its ever been..the biggest thing I think Quinn has brought is the ability to open minded about the Falcons football operations he's always wanted to learn and try new things and you want that in your head coach the ability to constantly Evolve he's constantly trying to find ways to make this team better whether it's showing motivational clips of other athletes or seal training just the desire to push and break the limits

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I've had a question about this.  Seeing as players are actually improving under Dan Quinn and his staff, what are your thoughts on the players we had been drafting before?  

 

Lawrence Sidbury was loved around these parts, but then never amounted to much.  Was it the coaching or drafting that was the issue during the Mike Smith era?  

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