Atlanta Falcons: 5 reasons why the defense will bounce back

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Feb 3, 2015; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons new head coach Dan Quinn answers questions during a press conference at the Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Quinn

Dan Quinn was defensive coordinator in Seattle for two years. The Seahawks made the Super Bowl both seasons largely due to their dominant defense. I’m not saying it’s all Quinn’s work, as Pete Carroll deserves a lot of credit. It also helps when you inherit such a dominant group of players as coordinator.

Having said that, Quinn has seen first hand what it takes to build a suffocating defense, and he is trying to replicate this in Atlanta. His mantra this offseason has been ‘fast and physical’, and this is exactly the words you could use to describe the Falcons’ first two draft selections.

Vic Beasley would be a great fit in Seattle, as would Jalen Collins with some development. The Seahawks hunt the football and swarm the ball carrier with incredible speed. The ‘Legion of Boom’ suffocates passing lanes and pack a punch with each tackle.

Quinn knows the identity he wants in Atlanta and he will keep building the roster until this is achieved. It won’t happen overnight, but I’m convinced the defense will become a strength in the coming years.

Quinn is already popular in the locker room and with the fans, and he will play a huge role in improving the Falcons’ defense.

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