Just seeing the personnel that Quinn and staff are starting to put together and the style in which the team plays, I can undoubtedly recognize the progression towards a fast and physical defense like the one that dominates in Seattle. Each game, the defense is vastly improving whether it be improved pressure, coverage, or physicality. Yes, credit does go to the team for their mental toughness, but also credit has to be given to Coach Quinn and Defensive Coordinator Richard Smith as well. The Atlanta defense during the Packer’s last possession conveys how far this team has come and the high-ceiling the defense has.
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If you further dissect the game, you see how Quinn and Smith’s change to man coverage locked down receivers to the point where Aaron Rodgers had no choice but to run and try to salvage yards on his own. Forcing the quarterback to unintentionally scramble to pick up yards is a positive sign as it essentially conveys the coverage ability of the secondary. While Quinn’s zone coverage scheme may allow for teams to pick up short yardage, the defense keeping opposing offenses in front of them has given way to positive results this season. Quinn and Smith have dialed up excellent game plans to take on all of our opponents this season and with this continued proficiency accompanied with better overall technique and fundamentals, the defense will only improve significantly and shine.