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Discuss the pros and cons of our four coaches/managers in Atlanta pro sports

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I know this isn’t totally Falcon related but it’s the off-season and the boards are slow. Let’s discuss the coaches and managers of our four major sports teams  

I like Brian Snitker a lot. I will qualify this by saying I agree that he may not be the best in game tactician and he may be overly loyal to certain players. However, aside from that he just seems like a genuinely good guy. 40 years in the Braves system finally gets rewarded and he has done a good job. There may be better tacticians as managers in MLB but I do not think there is a better man. I like him a lot. 

Lloyd Pierce is another one who is doing a great job. I like how he handled the Hawks this year. They were fun to watch. I think their future is bright. 

I like DQ as well. I’m looking forward to a good year with him running the defense. I like the staff and roster he has helped to assemble. 

Dont know enough about soccer to really comment on DeBoer but it seems that he may have things on the right track again as well. 


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All four organizations have their positives.

I have not been a long-time soccer enthusiast, but you have to rank the Atlanta United organization as one of (if not) the best in MLS.  It has taken some time for the returning champs to adapt to DeBoer's game plan and disruption created by the constant lineup changes when our stars play on all-star teams for their home countries, but you get the feeling United will be on top for many years to come.  

I think Snitker has done a great job for the Braves.  It seemed like he was promoted as a stop-gap following the Fredi Gonzalez firing, but all he has done is gotten buy-in and blended a talented mix of youth and veteran players.  I'm not completely in the know about this, but I believe a lot of the team's construction/talent should be credited to Coppolella, but Anthopolous seems to have stabilized what was a bad situation and is getting the ownership to free up some money to make moves.

Next, our beloved Falcons.  The Falcons have had their most consistent run during the Dimitroff era, and love him or not, this is pretty indisputable.  I like Quinn, but wonder if the rah-rah stuff could be wearing thin on the team.  Hopefully, how he manages things behind closed doors with the players is different than the cliche machine he shows in public.  I think the players like Coach Bro, but he needs Koetter to give us some schematic advantages so our offense can start taking over games like they did in 2016.  We have quality players at many positions and the need for depth became apparent last year.  I think there are a wide range of possibilities this year, from Super Bowl to missing the playoffs and bringing in a new regime.  Go Falcons!

I also like the moves Hawks GM Travis Schlenk is making, but of course, the proof will be in how this all comes together in a few years.  (I wish we could have been a little luckier in the draft lottery.)  Pierce seems like a coach that players will play hard for.  They are becoming an exciting team to watch.  I hope he is able to instill some defensive mindset moving forward.  The first rounder from Virginia should help.

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