Our hometown Atlanta Falcons are getting acquainted to their new surroundings and after two losing seasons in a row, that starts with getting accustomed to a new Head Football Coach in Dan Quinn. By now all those that closely follow the team knows the pedigree of Coach Quinn, coming fresh from a highly successful stint as Defensive Coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. His stamp on the team is already being felt by players and fans alike.
What has impressed me about Dan Quinn very early in his Falcons’ Head Coaching Career is that he has ingratiated himself into the fabric of the region. Not just opening a “Twitter” account but becoming active on that account has been a great public relations move along with monitoring and cheering on our Atlanta Hawks in their magical run in both the regular season and playoffs. Quinn has also been very savvy in the way that team activities and focal points have been publicized to increase interest and re-gain momentum found in the winning era of the Mike Smith duration.
Most importantly however, Dan Quinn is attempting to change the culture of the Atlanta Falcons. Whether fairly or unfairly given, the reputation of this squad is that of a “finesse” unit. Quinn and the rest of the Falcons’ Coaching Staff is attempting to create energy and relentless pursuit of greatness to this franchise. This team is known as a great offensive squad, but one dimensional, and quite frankly in some circles…..soft.
Proof of this transition by Quinn and staff started with the way it drafted and acquired talent. With wanting to instantly upgrade the defense, the brain trust for the Atlanta Falcons brought in talent that seems to fit both the offensive and defensive schemes of the team. Dan Quinn has followed philosophically something that his former Head Coach in Seattle, Pete Carroll has adopted by taking former high draft picks that may have not lived up to expectations, identified a specific skill set, and has put them in a position to succeed.
On the field for the Atlanta Falcons, as they have started Organized Team Activities or OTA’s, a faster tempo, pace, competition, and concentration on individual accountability has taken precedent for the tone of practice and overall philosophy going forward. This regime is very early in their tenure and have faced a bit of controversy in the last week or so but the hope is that the push that Head Coach Dan Quinn is giving will be enough to take them to the next level. We are all looking forward to this upcoming 2015 National Football League Season and a very successful, bounce back season for our Atlanta Falcons.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game Atlanta. Follow Jamie on Twitter @coachjdub21 or you can email him at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.