Atlanta Falcons NFC South rival, the Carolina Panthers, is making big moves and if the Falcons are not careful, they will fall even further behind.
It is safe to say that most Atlanta Falcons fans agree that offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is not the right man for the job. There was a small contingency of fans who thought he hire was good, but most thought it was a safe move with no upside.
After the 2019 Atlanta Falcons season, it was definitely the wrong move and unfortunately, it may not get much better in 2020.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the news that the Carolina Panthers will hire Joe Brady, the young up and coming coaching superstar who helped lead the LSU Tigers to their first-ever national title this year.
Brady got his NFL start as an offensive analyst under Sean Payton in New Orleans at the age of 27 and since then he has been on a meteoric rise and will more than likely be an NFL head coach by the time he is 33.
Joe Brady’s ability was on full display this year in Baton Rouge. He helped Steve Esminger simplify the offensive concepts for quarterback Joe Burrow and improved the LSU passing game. His ability to game plan to his player’s strengths is something many coaches refuse to do and Brady has realized that this component is what is missing from most offenses.
The Atlanta Falcons have owned the Carolina Panthers from the start of their franchise. With the issues that the Falcons on defense and the unwillingness of the current regime to address certain areas, a Joe Brady led offense with Cam Newton at quarterback, could cause the Falcons to drop even further from atop the NFC South.
With the Las Vegas Raiders announcing today that they have terminated defensive line coach Brenson Buckner’s contract, Dan Quinn and should have been on the phone immediately bringing him to Atlanta.
Buckner is among the best defensive line coaches in all of football. How big of an impact did he have in Oakland? In 2018, the Raiders were 32nd in sacks and jumped up to 13th in 2019 and they went from 30th against the run to eighth.
Remember, he was able to make that improvement after Gruden traded away Khalil Mack.
Adding a coach like this to the staff would bring one of the best position coaches to Atlanta and help inject new blood into an area of this franchise that needs it. While Buckner will garner several job offers, the option to coach Grady Jarrett in his home state would be tough for him to pass up.