Dan Quinn has only been the Atlanta Falcons head coach for a few months, but even with a small amount of practices, he’s already receiving high praise.
Quinn is changing the culture in Atlanta, wanting the team to play fast and physical. He is implementing this style through each practice, meaning it will transition straight onto the football field when September rolls around.
Those two words, fast and physical, are very much a theme of this offseason. They are also two words you would associate with the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, the unit Quinn coached between 2013-14 — they reached the Super Bowl both seasons.
The players the Falcons selected in the draft fit that Seahawks mold perfectly. The first two picks, pass rusher Vic Beasley and cornerback Jalen Collins, both bring speed and plenty of talent. Collins has himself praised Quinn.
One thing is for sure, Quinn has the Falcons heading in the right direction. How good this team is in 2015 is yet to be seen, but there’s no doubt in my mind they can be on the NFC’s top teams in the next few years.
The acquisitions made this offseason, especially through the draft, all have potential to leave a positive impact on this team and help them move on from a couple of years to forget.
One of those signings, O’Brien Schofield, who followed Quinn to Atlanta from Seattle, believes something special is on the horizon.
Fifth round draft choice Grady Jarrett, who many believe was a steal by the Falcons, was also positive.
So far, so good for the 2015 Atlanta Falcons. If offseason acquisitions and early OTAs won you championships, the Falcons would have a ring. Unfortunately that’s not the case, and this all means nothing if they don’t perform on the football field.
Quinn has ticked every box so far, though, and the excitement about this team in Atlanta is largely due to the impact he’s already made.