3 Reasons to believe the Falcons will upset the Saints in week one
By Nick Halden
1. Dennis Allen
Many people forget that Dennis Allen got his start in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons in 2002 after a solid season with Tulsa. Allen stepped in for Sean Payton last season and coached the team into beating Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs in an impressive win. One that is perhaps hiding the truth about Allen’s career.
As a rookie head coach with the Atlanta Falcons last season Arthur Smith finished 7-10 putting him just one win shy of Allen’s all-time record of 8-28 as a head coach. Allen was awful during his time with the Raiders unable to turn the team in the right direction and often made poor in-game decisions during the 2013 season.
While it may be a controversial take it isn’t a stretch to say the Falcons have the better head coach and will have an advantage over the Saints when it comes to decision-making and coaching. This isn’t Allen simply covering one game for a sick Sean Payton this is now Allen’s team and that seems unlikely to work in the Saints’ favor not only in week one but for the rest of the season. Dennis Allen isn’t the coach many people believe he will be this season with the Saints.