As we all know, following the 2018 NFL season Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn fired all three of his coordinators – offense, defense, and special teams.
Of the moves that he made that offseason, firing Marquand Manuel was not a popular one from any standpoint. Many believed that Quinn used Manuel as a scapegoat and nothing more. However, most were willing to give Quinn a chance since he was a Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator.
When Quinn announced that he was taken over the defense and not hiring a defensive coordinator, fans were really hopeful that he would not only turn the defense around like he did to end 2016 but he would also get the best out of Vic Beasley.
With the disaster that was the start to 2019, Raheem Morris is now the Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator while Jeff Ulbrich has been moved to assistant head coach and will still work with the linebackers.
Morris has spent his entire career as an assistant working on the defensive side of the ball, except in 2019 here in Atlanta when he was hired to be the passing game coordinator.
He took over the defense after the bye-week. While we have no idea if the Falcons defense can carry over what they found after Morris took over, we are all hoping that he can build on that foundation.
Dan Quinn trying to control the defense and his head coaching duties was an unmitigated disaster. Having him concentrate solely on his head coaching duties and allowing his coordinators to do what they do best seems like a winning solution versus what we saw in 2019.