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Dan Quinn wants Falcons’ defense to get nasty in 2019


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The Atlanta Falcons came into the 2018 season on a short list of favorites expected to compete for the Super Bowl, but that all changed early on thanks to a string of injuries.

Middle linebacker Deion Jones, strong safety Keanu Neal, and free safety Ricardo Allen were among the starting players on defense that were lost for the year.

As a result, the Falcons defense suffered in nearly every major category.

 

For that reason in part, the team parted ways with defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, and head coach Dan Quinn announced he would assume the position himself going forward.

What is he looking for in 2019?

“We’re looking for real consistency,” Quinn said this offseason of what he wants to see on defense next season and beyond with the talent they already have on the roster.

“There [were] definitely times during the 2017 season we improved as a defense. Then I thought [it felt like] when you take two steps forward one step back. I wanted to make sure if I could have an impact and an influence on the defense and really play to a style that was true to how I would like it to look I should be the one making the calls.”

 

This past season, Atlanta ranked 28th in football in total defense, were one of nine teams to surrender over 4,000 total passing yards, ranked 25th overall in allowing 26.4 points per game, and allowed opposing teams to rush for 125 yards on average per game.

In the 2017 campaign, the Falcons were ninth in total defense, allowed under 3,500 total passing yards, ranked eighth in the NFL surrendering just 19.7 points per game, and allowed opponents to rush for 104 yards per game.

In his new role as defensive play caller, Quinn wants to see more speed and more physicality, on a level to match and exceed what their opponents show them on offense.

“I love tough, hard nosed defensive play,” the coach said.

 

“I think to be a championship caliber team, you better have an edge to you. The best defenses I’ve been a part of have had a good ball hawking mindset and if you can do that and eliminate explosive plays, you have a really good chance to do well.”

Overall, the coach says he wants to see a different attitude on defense.

“Let’s make sure we get nastier,” Quinn said.

“It might be big and nasty, it might be fast and nasty. Let’s make sure there’s no doubt.”

 

 

https://247sports.com/nfl/atlanta-falcons/Article/Atlanta-Falcons-defense-Dan-Quinn-nasty-133023266/

 

 

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4 hours ago, GleasonForever! said:

Wonder what it must feel like to be a fan of the Ravens, Steelers, and Vikings etc when they know every year it’s expected to be nasty and they don’t have to wonder why their head coach is still asking for it 5 years in. 

We got some nasty already. Kazee and Neal. Deion Jones hit on Cam Newton.

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6 hours ago, birdz4i said:
“I love tough, hard nosed defensive play,” the coach said.

“I think to be a championship caliber team, you better have an edge to you. The best defenses I’ve been a part of have had a good ball hawking mindset and if you can do that and eliminate explosive plays, you have a really good chance to do well.”

Overall, the coach says he wants to see a different attitude on defense.

“Let’s make sure we get nastier,” Quinn said.

“It might be big and nasty, it might be fast and nasty. Let’s make sure there’s no doubt.”

blah, blah, blah......  BLAH.   

Seriously Coach, quit talking about it. SHOW US.

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58 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

negativity or reactions to the same exact words he's preached since his arrival?

Difference is HE’S running the defense. If you want something done right do it yourself. Then we’ve all seen what a defense he runs looks like. In Seattle and second half of 2016. Why wouldn’t I believe him when I’ve seen HIS work? Not Richard Smith’s or Marquand Manuel’s work. We all saw the difference between shanahan and sark. Why is that hard to believe about him. Especially since we’ve seen how the defense looks at his hand? I can give you all my equipment and teach you the way I make beats but you still won’t make them the way I do. And vice versa. You can teach me what you do for a living and give me the tools but I won’t be as good as you. That’s how I see Quinn. Want it done right do it yourself. 

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