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Colts DBs coach Jonathan Gannon reportedly could be co-DC with Dean Pees in Atlanta


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The Falcoholic

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas RaidersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arthur Smith hasn’t filled any spots on his staff formally just yet, but we’re starting to get a sense of who the new Falcons head coach is interested in. That short list has thus far included Bears passing game coordinator Dave Ragone and Panthers wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson for offensive coordinator and longtime, quasi-retired defensive coordinator Dean Pees for a similar role in Atlanta.

You can now add Colts defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon to the list, with the interesting note from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that he could serve as a co-defensive coordinator with Pees. Based on that report, presumably a condition for Pees coming back to the NFL at 71 years of age would be that he has a capable, younger coach to split the work with.

Gannon is a name heating up in NFL circles, evidently, as the Bears have requested to interview him for their own defensive coordinator vacancy.

Gannon has spent the previous three seasons as the Colts defensive backs coach after spending four seasons as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Vikings for four years. He’s drawn attention for his work with the Colts secondary, an improving unit, and likely based on the strong recommendation of Frank Reich, one of the more well-regarded head coaches in the league today. It’s a safe bet that Gannon would handle something like a defensive passing game coordinator role if he was paired with Pees, but like everything else with Smith’s staff, we’ll have to wait and see.

In addition to Gannon, I’d hope the Falcons would take a closer look at Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn. A respected former player and personnel scout for the Jets from 2012-2013, Glenn has spent the past five years as the Saints’ defensive backs coach, helping to lift a once-terrible secondary to a much more respectable level. Glenn was in play for the Jets head coaching gig this offseason and could be a strong addition for Atlanta in a defensive coordinator role, and new general manager Terry Fontenot would know him well.

We’ll see who the Falcons scoop up for their coordinator openings soon enough, including at special teams coordinator, where we’ve yet to hear any names.


 
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Too many cooks in the kitchen, We did the whole co-coordinator thing with Ulbrich and Morris. If you want to make Peas an advisor or something else cool but don't have 2 DC's. I know Peas is old as dirt so I can understand why just making him the outright DC may cause issues down the road with his health.

As for Gannon, I know nothing about him. I do know the Colts defense was really, really good this year so that's a plus.

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2 hours ago, PriMeTiiMe said:

Too many cooks in the kitchen, We did the whole co-coordinator thing with Ulbrich and Morris. If you want to make Peas an advisor or something else cool but don't have 2 DC's. I know Peas is old as dirt so I can understand why just making him the outright DC may cause issues down the road with his health.

As for Gannon, I know nothing about him. I do know the Colts defense was really, really good this year so that's a plus.

I like it.  It gives us a known entity for winning now and a clear succession plan for two years from now when Pees retires again. 

One of Quinn's biggest downfalls was having no plan for what to do when Shanahan left for a HC job.  Everyone in the NFL knew he wanted to be a HC and would jump at the first chance, but we had no-one on staff to keep the ball rolling.  Instead he had to replace almost the entire staff because the OC left.  It was very myopic.  

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Would it make everyone feel better in this hypothetical if they just named Gannon DC and named Pees a defensive consultant?  It feels like many here are getting caught up on titles, but if both are comfortable with it and clearly understand the division of labor and their respective roles and responsibilities, does it matter what their titles are?  

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2 hours ago, Herr Doktor said:

Not a fan of Co- anything.  Usually leads to indecisiveness

It's a trendy thing to have shared responsibility. For instance, many teams now have a passing game coordinator and a run game coordinator. Gannon is being considered for that role because Pees is 71 years old and apparently has requested that kind of structure to take some load off of him at his age. Anything that gets that guy through the front door is fine by me. 

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