What would the Atlanta Falcons do if Dan Quinn was quarantined?
Despite what Monday morning quarterbacks believe, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is smarter than any fan when it comes to football and has assuredly talked about what the team would do if they were without him for a 14-day quarantine.
The Atlanta Falcons have lots of options should this happen as several assistant coaches have head coaching experience and would be able to step right in for a couple of games should Quinn be out with COVID-19.
Of all of the options at their disposal, which one makes the most sense?
Currently, Jeff Ulbrich is the Falcons “associate head coach” and more than likely would take over the head coaching duties, but should he?
Both defensive coordinator Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter have been NFL head coaches. Wide receivers coach Dave Brock was a college head coach and defensive line coach Jess Simpson is one of the most successful head coaches in Georgia High School history.
While neither of those equates to NFL success, both at least have an inkling of what being a head coach is about even if the level isn’t the same.
Going back to the two Atlanta Falcons coordinators – Morris and Koetter.
As Atlanta Falcons players saw last year, a head coach splitting time between his head coaching duties and coordinating duties is a recipe for disaster. Even though we are only talking about a 14-day time frame, NFL wins are too precious to concede – especially in an NFC and NFC South that will both be tightly contested in 2020.
Atlanta Falcons best choice-
If we were talking about replacing Dan Quinn as a head coach because he was fired, then the choice would be Raheem Morris. Even though his first NFL coaching stint did not go well in Tampa, he will be a great head coach in the future.
However, because we are talking about a hypothetical yet potential 14-day COVID-19 quarantine, staying with associate head coach Jeff Ulbrich would be the smarter choice so that both coordinators can maintain focus on their day-to-day responsibilities.