Dan Quinn is a defensive mastermind who helped create the now infamous “Legion of Boom” in Seattle. I believe he can do the same for the Atlanta Falcons.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Quinn took a mediocre Seattle Seahawks defense and made them into a dominant force who led the way to two Super Bowl appearances, with one being a 43-8 annihilation of the legendary Peyton Manning and the other being a defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots.
A few weeks ago, the Falcons decided to let Marquand Manuel go. The decision was made that Quinn would takeover as defensive coordinator and remain head coach. I personally love this decision given recent history.
In the 2016 season, Dan Quinn took over around week 14 as the defensive play caller for the Falcons. Up until that point, the Falcons defense, to put it bluntly, was terrible. They couldn’t stop a nose bleed.
For example, the Falcons played the Packers in week 8 of the 2016 season. The Falcons gave up 32 points and Quinn was not the play caller.. When the teams met again in the playoffs when Quinn was the play caller, the Falcons were up 31-0 at halftime! The final score was 44-21, with those 21 points coming basically in garbage time. Aaron Rodgers was a non-factor.
I believe Quinn can turn this defense around like he did in 2016. The defense will be healthy (knock on wood) and the Falcons will add needed pieces to the defensive line. The young guys will also continue to develop.
Quinn has also mentioned that he will personally work with Vic Beasley. Beasley was a beast in 2016 accumulating 16.5 sacks. Since the 2016 season, however, he has been virtually non-existent. I think under Quinn’s guidance, we will once again see Beasley torment opposing quarterbacks.
Don’t be surprised if the 2019 Falcons’ defense begins wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, because that’s just the Dan Quinn effect.