Falcons Fans Ready for Change

Fans Await New Coordinators

Once picked as Super Bowl favorites, the Falcons are now 30-1 favorites to win it all.

A New Coordinator Awaits (J.Getz/AJC)

The pain was deep and ugly from the 3rd playoff loss in 4 years and the second consecutive playoff embarrassment. Last year’s destruction involved the Falcons not stopping anyone. This year’s blowout involved the Falcons being unable to score any offensive points. Fans were worrying if any or enough changes would be made after the process, including the same coaching staff, had obviously reached its zenith.

Some felt that only one coordinator would go or that the organization and Arthur Blank would feel that a few small changes would fix what ailed the Falcons. That certainly has turned out not to be the case so far. No more than 24 hours after the Falcons were pummeled by the Giants, defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder was bolting for Auburn and Mike Mularkey was headed to be Jacksonville’s new head coach.

We can debate for ages on the logistics of how it unfolded, but it’s at least safe to say that, given the speed of the moves, something had to be known about the new direction of the franchise. Regardless of the “when” or “how,” the Falcons are looking for two new coordinators. A look at some potential candidates on both sides of the ball……….

Mike Martz

This is perhaps the biggest name out there, but it seems almost a given that Martz is a very long shot to join the Falcons organization. The negatives are numerous and valid. He has too much baggage. His ego is too large. He will get Matt Ryan killed with his inability to adjust to a less-than-stellar offensive line, as he did in Chicago. He is past his prime with unproductive stops in San Francisco and Chicago. These are all very true and legit, but he’s still the most intriguing candidate out there.

When he had a smart and accurate quarterback (Kurt Warner), a plethora of weapons at wide receiver (Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Az-Zahir Hakim), an excellent running back (Marshall Faulk), he orchestrated “The Greatest Show on Turf,” which is considered one of the best offense units in NFL history. In fact, the Rams from 1999 thru 2001 were the only team in NFL history to score 500+ points in 3 consecutive seasons. Yes, it’s been over a decade ago, but he never had the weapons in San Francisco and Chicago that he could have here.

Mike Sherman

Thanks to our Bird Cage buddy Seminole Warrior, Mike Sherman has become a very prevalent and extremely intriguing name as a potential offensive coordinator here in Atlanta. Sherman is most well-known for his West Coast Offense when he was head coach at Green Bay and helped push Brett Favre to some of his best years as a quarterback, while also compiling a 57-39 regular season record. His 2-4 postseason record and a 4-12 season in 2005 led to his surprise firing.

Despite his excellent years in Green Bay, he was the Houston Texans offensive coordinator in 2007 and led that team to be pretty middle of the road (14th in total offense) before becoming the head coach of Texas A&M. After producing some pretty good offenses, he was fired from Texas A&M in early December. He has also been linked with the Tampa Bay head coaching position vacancy as well. Like Martz, it’s been quite awhile since his major success in the NFL.

Brian Billick

Most Would Love Billick (AP)

Smith’s brother-in-law is also a long shot here, as Billick likely wouldn’t give up his announcer job to come back as a coordinator. He’s talked about being interested in a head coaching job again, but it seems not many teams are interested. He was known for his excellent offenses in Minnesota when he was the Vikings coordinator, but won a Super Bowl with one of the best defenses in NFL history. Ultimately, he got fired because he could never recreate the same magic in Baltimore that he had in Minnesota.

He would bring a fire and attitude to an offense desperately in need of one, but he hasn’t even coached in several years, much less had success. But then again he would be getting Matt Ryan at quarterback. His quarterbacks while in Baltimore were as follows: Tony Banks, Trent Dilfer, Elvis Grbac, Jeff Blake, Randall Cunningham, Kyle Boller, and Steve McNair.

Tom Clements

He’s one of the candidates the Falcons are reportedly interested in talking to, according to Jason La Confora of NFL Network. Clements is most well-known for being the quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers since 2006. During that time he has helped Brett Favre to one of his best seasons in his career (2007) and of course the emergence of Aaron Rodgers as arguably the best quarterback in the league, not to mention their Super Bowl Championship run last year and going 15-1 this year. Many believe he could not only bring much of the Packers high-octane offense to Atlanta, but most importantly help take Matt Ryan to the next level.

Clements was also offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, the Bills ranked 25th in total offense, 27th in yards passing, 13th in rushing, and 7th in points per game. In 2005, the Bills ranked 28th in total offense, 29th in passing, 20th in rushing, and 24th in points per game. Even though not gaudy numbers, Clements helped direct the Bills to a 9-7 mark in 2004 (no small feat in Buffalo) with Drew Bledsoe, but had Kelly Holcomb and JP Losman to work with in 2005. Although there’s never any certainty in trying to poach assistants off successful teams, Clements seems to one of the most logical choices out there.

Brad Childress

He hasn’t been mentioned as the Falcons having any interest in him, but he has resurfaced as interested to the Bucs in their head coaching vacancy. Childress has a very impressive resume working both in college and the NFL. He got his break as a head coach after his successful stint as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. In his three years as the Eagles offensive coordinator, not too many stats stand out. In 2004, the Eagles ranked 9th in total offense, 7th in passing, 24th in rushing, and 8th in points per game. He did help navigate the Eagles to their only Super Bowl berth in recent memory, where they narrowly lost to the Patriots.

He was hired as the Vikings head coach in 2006 and led the Vikings to playoff trips in 2008 and 2009. They went 12-4 in 2009 and made it to the NFC Championship and were potentially a Brett Favre interception away from making the Super Bowl. Who knows how much influence he had on the offense, but he led his teams to playoff wins in his tenure in Philadelphia and Minnesota. \

Brian Schottenheimer

Fired in NY and Hired Here?....Why? (AP)

The former Jets offensive coordinator has been mentioned as one of the candidates the Falcons may be interested in, according to the same report. This one doesn’t make very much sense, to be honest. Joe Theismann was quoted on 680 The Fan as saying he would be good fit and that evidently created some buzz here in Atlanta. He was just fired in New York after a trainwreck of a season where his former QB, Mark Sanchez, is even being questioned as the franchise player many believed he was since being drafted.

Theismann said that since he would have Matt Ryan, then he could really open up his offense. That’s a gigantic leap and many Jets fans were all too happy to get rid of him. Some also feel is not very good at making in-game adjustments, which is what Falcons fans have experienced for the last 4 years. He did help lead the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship games, so it’s hard to completely disqualify him, some believe. Most attribute that to a superior defense and excellent run game, though.

Dirk Koetter

This one makes the least sense of any candidate available. His offense last year was one of the worst in the NFL while he was offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. His Jaguars were ranked dead last in total offense and passing yards. The Jaguars were 12th in rushing, but were 28th in points per game. Some will say that was a product of having a rookie quarterback and a team in turmoil. That excuse doesn’t pass the smell test when Denver is in the divisional playoff round with Tim Tebow, along with the Houston Texans winning in the playoffs with their 3rd string quarterback. He’s of course on the list for his familiarity with Coach Smith. Isn’t that the exact thing the Falcons need to get away from?

In-House Hire

Reports are coming in that Mike Mularkey has hired the Falcons quarterbacks coach Bob Bratkowski as the Jaguars next offensive coordinator. That eliminates one of the biggest names some thought would get the nod in-house. There’s still a chance of wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie getting a look, but Arthur Blank’s quotes on “wanting a new perspective,” seem to go against this idea, which probably wouldn’t spur progress anyway.

Your Turn

Time to jump in and discuss the coordinator candidates…………………

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Coop

January 12th, 2012
11:30 pm

Coop

January 12th, 2012
11:32 pm

I feel dirty now. Oh well,quick thoughts are I’ll take Billick,Clements, Martz in that order. For DC, I want Spags, Nolan, Del Rio, Smart in that order.

D3

January 12th, 2012
11:38 pm

Yo Coop — Great list. Mine…..

1) Clements
2) Billick
3) Martz

1) Spagnulou
2) Nolan
3) Del Rio………I guess.

Cheers brother! ……..why am I still up?

ATLJBO

January 12th, 2012
11:40 pm

Whats up D3.

Yea.. Listening to Mr.Blank’s press conference.. I dont see us hiring an in-house guy… I would like Tom Clements or Brian Billick… I feel like Tom Clements should be able to bring creativity that he has learned in greenbay here… With Brian Billick.. The guy ran one of the best Offense in NFL History… Billick ran a system with 2 great WR’s (Moss and Chris Carter) .. So he would know how to use our weapons…

Those are 2 OC candidates i like

D3

January 12th, 2012
11:41 pm

ATLJBO — Hey man. Been a long time since our days on Twitter. Hope your doing well. Agree with your point 100%!

Really to bed now……………

Cheers!

jeff blake

January 12th, 2012
11:46 pm

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Box

January 12th, 2012
11:58 pm

I don’t see Billick giving up the microphone, though it could be interesting if he did.

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Screen Pass

January 13th, 2012
12:46 am

Might want to add Marty Morningwheg to that list D3. He is capable of running a WCO/ hybrid offense.

My current wish list looks like this;
HC – Mike Sherman OC – Tom Clement, Morningwheg DC – Tucker, Spags, Nolan …in that order of preference.

This gives us an offensive minded HC that is experienced with both WCO and pro-set offensive schemes…the two most likely scheme types to maximize Ryan and our WR corp. Tom Clement would provide M. Ryan proven QB coaching and can spread elements to Shermans WCO/ Pro-set hybrid. Our offense is now varied and modern to take advantage of Ryan and a good WR corp. Mel Tucker/ Spags/ Nolan will offer an aggressive defense featuring multiple schemes instead of a soft crappy predictable zone.
I’ll do more later…maybe even some with Smitty staying lol.

Screen Pass

January 13th, 2012
12:58 am

EDIT – Clements can ADD elements of the spread offense

AND….Tucker turned down the Vikes but has signed no contact with Jax to my knowledge. He should still be in play for Atlanta…the brass better be after him or I’ll be after them.

Great Falconi

January 13th, 2012
1:07 am

I can live with Smitty getting another year. For me, it was either a new group of coordinators OR Smitty’s head and a new group of coordinators. I can’t complain too much.

Billick or Clements would be okay with me, but I would like to mention that Clements has the Mularkey Stink on him (served as Buffalo’s OC in 2004 and 2005).

jeff blake

January 13th, 2012
1:24 am

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Ed

January 13th, 2012
1:53 am

Hey D3, love your work as always. Just wondering why the Falcons aren’t interested in Rob Chudzinski of the Panthers. He’s gotten a lot of cred for bringing along Cam Newton and is an up & comer as opposed to a retread.

Rikus

January 13th, 2012
2:47 am

“the Falcons are looking for two new coordinators. A look at some potential candidates on both sides of the ball……….”

These all seem to be offensive canditates… what about D?

Ed

January 13th, 2012
3:32 am

This from NFL.com…

Lombardi: Fixing the Falcons
Another postseason, another egg laid by Atlanta. Michael Lombardi says the Falcons fell into the dome trap and must retool the roster. More …
Included on that list are: former Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and former New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Koetter has prior experience working with Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Billick, a former coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings, has not filled that role in over a decade but is very close with Smith (they are related through marriage).

If this is true and they even have a remote interest in Koetter, I will seriously reconsider what I think of TD. His offense in Jacksonville was abysmal. The only saving grace was MJD who led the league in rushing, but the developement of Gabbert was awful. Heck let’s go ahead and hire Del Rio and have Jacksonville North. Is that what we have become? Most likely he won’t be hired but to think that they are comtemplating it is scary.

marko

January 13th, 2012
6:06 am

If Billick were to return, I’d think that he’d want to be a head coach.

Del Rio’s an intriguing name, but could he work for Smith after having been his boss for so many years.

I like Clements, but Aaron Rogers could make anyone look like a genius.

By the same token, the Ryan crew’s pretty good at making their OC’s look bad. Schottenheimer’s probably better than his recent history would indicate.

I haven’t seen Childress name linked to Falcon’s anywhere else, but based on his resume, I’d think that he’d warrant consideration.

All these guys have had their share of ups and downs. It reminds me of Woody Allen’s famous line “ success is 90% showing up.”I tend to agree with that , but I also feel it’s important to show up at the right time and place. After all Custer showed up.

Atlanta Native

January 13th, 2012
6:34 am

Off of D3’s list, I’d take Clements for OC or no one with past ties to MS or the Falcons.

I wonder why there are no candidates for OC from (hate to say it) the Saints?

As far as DC, I’d like Spag (if available) or no one with past ties to MS or the Falcons. For some reason, Singletary keeps rolling around in my head, but a lot of folks don’t like him.

trademark

January 13th, 2012
6:42 am

Damn, and I was going to rip the coaching staff sometime this week…success to Arthur Blank and co. for deflecting the anger and turning it into expectation.

Of course, if they pick the wrong coaches, then I can go back to original plan.

BUT, Smith’s still there. It’s total do-or-die for him in the next year (or so). I say “or so” because, let’s face it, we have to start with all new offensive and defensive schemes next year, and it takes time for players to adjust. It just does. He has a bit of leeway with that. But only a bit. If he continues to have such a terrible feel for the flow of a game, constantly making “wrong” calls, then he’s in trouble early. It’s really sometimes quite unfair in the NFL, because it is a hairline between gutsy and brilliant and wrong and dumb. But somehow, the great coaches end up being “right” more often than Smith does. Is it a feel for the players? The game? Hard to put a finger on it. it’s an “it” factor, that Mike Smith has not shown us, sorry to say, because I think he’s a good coach and a good guy, that the player’s will fight for. But, sadly, that is not enough in this league. It is the elite of the elite where we want to compete, and we need “it” as well. And the clock’s ticking. IF the Falcons hire the experts that we need, Mike is going to get a LOT of help in these situations, and if these situations keep going the wrong way, and adjustments IN GAME are not being made, then it is time to say goodbye. Tough, because there are tons of teams that would love to have him, he’s a proven winner. But we have assembled a team that should be able to win it all., hell they seem in the last two years or so to win on pure talent DESPITE the scheme. That ain’t easy in this league, ask Philadelphia. Point is, we are not extracting the potential, or anywhere near it, that this group of players can achieve. And that falls back to Coaching. No where left to hide if the Falcons make the right hires. We better see what we all are expecting to see. Not fair, not even defined. But then again, no one said this league was simple.

Wabe

January 13th, 2012
7:55 am

On one of the articles I read, or one that was posted here in the Cage, I thought I read something about how because Billick and La Canafora work for the NFL network, it’s likely that La Canafora should have something to base this notion that Billick is ready to return (albeit in a coordinator role).

I think he’d be willing. But, at this point, him and Clements are my 1-1a. I’m pretty high on Clements at this point. I was already high on him initially, but the more you learn about the dude, the more appealing he becomes.

Big Ray

January 13th, 2012
8:08 am

I hope we win the bidding war for Spags. But I’ll take Nolan. Not convinced when it comes to Del Rio.

On the other side of the ball, I’d love to have Billick but think it’s not so easily done. Still, it could be a good stepping stone for him to get to HC if he wants an HC job. He could roll with us for a few years, and that would damn sure be good for us.

Martz is chilling out, so I doubt he comes. But who knows. I’d take Clements, no problem. But like I suggested some days ago (well before the beat writer and the columnists…) guys we are targeting might still be working for other teams in the postseason. Strange how that now comes to light….The Cage is where it’s at, folks….

I don’t want Schottenheimer.

More than anything, I don’t want to “settle” for some guy just because we don’t make the effort to get a better guy. Done with “settling”.

trademark

January 13th, 2012
8:54 am

Y’all seen on the main page DOL calling out the “real” Falcon fans over Mike Mularkey? Wow. my response:

“Geez DOL…calling out the “real” fans? I’ve been here since damn near I was old enough to watch TV. I’ve watched this team crush my hopes and rise above more times than I can count…but this isn’t about me, it’s about me and anyone else that would apparently DARE to question Mike Mularkey, because somehow we should all be bowing at his feet. Seriously?

OK, kudos to Mike Mularkey on taking a team that was at the BOTTOM OF THE BARREL and turning them into something slightly better than average. That wasn’t easy. You can post stats all you want, but the fact remains, when you average the Falcon’s Offensive rankings under him (numbers don’t lie, or have opinions, DOL) the Falcons were just that, ranked about 12th in total O and 9th in points scored. ABOVE AVERAGE. Every single team that has played in the Super Bowl in the last 8 years has had a top 10 offense (with the exception of the Steelers, who were allowing around 14 points a game at the time….) Now, since the most criticism came for MM during this last year, when the Falcons were supposed to have taken the next step forward, and seemed mired in the mud, riddles with inconsistency and poor execution, I think that the criticism is deserved, and Mike, being a man, realizes that as well, and has enough a$% to get it chewed out a bit. He should know by now with this many years in the league EXACTLY what those initials stand for for coaches.

Stop babying him. HE KNOWS he underachieved and why he’s out the door. He KNOWS why the fans turned on him. Treat him (and us) like he’s stupid, and he’s just going to get a bunch of pre-read, corporate talking point, soft-garbage. And worse, he might start to believe it and never move forward. Which is a shame, because he is an intelligent, and special coach.

He can just do better than what we saw this season. ADMIT IT:

So, after all that, yes, thank you Mike Mularkey, you deserve praise for rescuing a sunken ship and turning us into something fun to watch (at times) and competitive at a certain level. Good luck in Jacksonville, and some REAL advice, with full respect and wanting to see you do what we should all know is your best:

Turn up the heat and get better.”

Now go there and let him know he does NOT have the right to tell us how to think!

Geo

January 13th, 2012
8:56 am

Trademark: “Damn, and I was going to rip the coaching staff sometime this week…success to Arthur Blank and co. for deflecting the anger and turning it into expectation.”

I hear ya, trade, but the other side of that coin is that the coordinators knew they were gone at the end of the season. And that is why, at least with VanGorder, they had jobs ready within days (or hours). That, to me, is a sign of a organization that had already given up on this season. I know the OC and DC are professionals, but are they really going to have the effort and commitment needed to make a run when they are already, in effect, let go? If we are looking for causes for epic fail, this bit of mismanagement is pretty damning.

gman

January 13th, 2012
9:03 am

Great posts guys. I also believe that Arthur is finally putting his foot down and enforcing his expectation. I fully expect that our next coordinators will be strong enough to take over if Smitty fails.

Wings

January 13th, 2012
9:08 am

trademark – I read that other article, and I was p!ssed. DOL actually deleted my post after I called it a “Pathetic Story” to conclude my feelings about it.

Wings

January 13th, 2012
9:15 am

I like Clements for now.

I don’t like Brad Childress. I think he singled-handily destroyed the near future of the Vikings with his Brett Favre antics. He appears to be a “ME FIRST” guy.

D3 – you’ve created another good post. If MM had been as consistent with the Falcons, the Falcons would have already won the Super Bowl.

STRETCH

January 13th, 2012
9:20 am

Typical Atlanta management in all their sports. Though i agree the Falcons OC had to go, not so sure about the DC, but Mike Smith should be gone!

Just like the Braves, they drop the SS and the hitting coach.

The Hawks let Woodson go as coach and as we see, its the stubborn players still up to their bad habits.

I mean, seriously, Mike Smith makes most of the calls from the sidelines and he’s still got a job? What a JOKE!!!

Wabe

January 13th, 2012
9:23 am

Mike Woodson needed to go…

There’s another reason why he didn’t land another gig as a headcoach. It was actually Woody that was very arrogant and refused to change much of anything. ISO Joe + switching defense every single game…

Paddy O

January 13th, 2012
9:25 am

D3- I think we need to consider Martz pretty heavy. When he had a team with a good offense, it exploded. No matter how good your scheme is, if you are running it with 2nd class players, it wont come across as quality. I think our offense, provided it stays predominantly the same, is high quality. 2 great receivers, great slot guy, 2 RB who can catch, HOF TE, and a top 8 NFL QB should lead us to the promised land – score an average of 35 points per game. Plus, we have a highly dependable K and an excellent P, all the ingredients are there to make an unforgettably delicious cake.

Wabe

January 13th, 2012
9:26 am

But I feel in you in respects to most Atlanta management structures.

I just feel that Atlanta made the right moves thus far. We needed to get rid of both coordinators. We’ve tried it the ‘conservative way’ on both sides of the ball. Now, it’s time to get more aggressive on both sides.

We can attribute that conservativeness to Smitty, as most here have already, but now, being on the clock, he knows he’s the next guy outta here if he resorts to that conservative nature and if he doesn’t get this team beyond where we’ve been.

Paddy O

January 13th, 2012
9:26 am

As odd as it is, The Falcons are very similar to the McLellan’s Army of the Potomac – trained & ready to destroy the enemy, but with a General afraid to use their lethality. Lincoln finally had to ask McLellan if it was not too much of a problem he wanted to borrow the Army and put it to use. I see strong similarities to what Arthur Blank has done.

Paddy O

January 13th, 2012
9:28 am

If I’m Arthur, I heavily pursue Spagnuolo. If Martz is gone, then I’d opt for Billick, then Clements. Clements wont be contactable for a few more weeks, unless the Giants are repeating their Cinderella season – which would not make me unhappy.

Paddy O

January 13th, 2012
9:32 am

Sorry to disappoint my fellow Falconatics, but unless the team plays sub 500 next year, Smith will get another 2 years, minimum. At which point, he will be the winniningest coach in franchise history.

Paddy O

January 13th, 2012
9:33 am

If anybody wants to get that slap your forehead and yell, “what an idiot” this morning, go read the latest ledbetter ramblings. That guy spent too much time in haiti or jamaica.

Julius the kicker

January 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Great post as always D3, thanks.
I don’t know much about these candidate, so I can’t pick my list for oc and dc.
However, if we want to win SB, OC and DC should have these quality.
OC – first, able to maximize talent we have instead of insist his play style that player have to learn
for long time. Great coach should tweak his play to maximize our player strength.
second, well prepare for game plan base on what other team going to play, and ready to
adjust on game. I know, unless we have spy on other team, it’s difficult to know.
But if you study their patten of play in the past, and what they going to play situation
By situation, it will give you some idea. That is why, adjusting at game is always
Important.
Third, discipline Roddy White. He has great talent, but not utilize at every play, mainly his
Lake of concerntration. I am worry about, his party attitude influence other receiver
like JJ. We need his 100% effort on the every game ti win SB.
Sorry, my time is running out, I’ll comment about DC later…..

snacktastic

January 13th, 2012
10:06 am

Have to agree with Paddy O on Smith staying a couple more years, as I mentioned in the playoff game post. And looking at next year’s opponents, I honestly don’t see us having a worse record than we did this year. Besides, I think Smith and the team deserve a year with the new coordinators to get comfortable, though I don’t think it will take that long. They’ll have the offseason to work together, and will be eager to shake off the playoff frustration and get rolling.

E43

January 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Trademark- So you wrote an entire essay taking issue with D. Orlando Bedwetter and then did as he says anyway?

trademark

January 13th, 2012
11:13 am

Not in so many words.

trademark

January 13th, 2012
11:13 am

…it’s called “sub-text”

D3

January 13th, 2012
11:38 am

trade — Yeah, I saw that. I think the majority of us acknowledge what Mularkey did for this team. He took a young team with a young quarterback and helped solidify the offense and led us to great success during the regular seasons here. We will be forever grateful for that. However, it became painfully obvious that once we were figured out than that was it. There was never any change or adjustment and he simply hit his ceiling here. I’ve always said that it would be a good hire for a young QB and rebuilding team. He had several years to change, and especially this year, one of the most talented set of weapons in the league and just could not maximize them whatsoever.

Die Hard Falcon

January 13th, 2012
11:45 am

I would love Spags or Nolan at the DC. For OC, I am thinking Billick or Clements, however, I lean towards Billick, especially if the Packers end up going deep again this year, I think we need to have our men in place in the next week or 2 so they can start fixing things and implementing our new (hopefully successful) schemes and figuring out personnel decisions moving forward. Let’s get this awful taste out of our mouths and move on to better things and w/ any luck and hard work, rings!

Wabe

January 13th, 2012
11:54 am

NFL.com’s now reporting the same thing ajc.com’s reporting about Spags and Nolan being at the top of Atlanta’s DC list.

I’m assuming they’re just basing it on the ajc.com report?

Hope they get it done soon.

dean

January 13th, 2012
12:01 pm

15-play 9-minute drives are great——>if you score TD’s. When you leave the field with nothing except a FG (maybe), it’s a mojo killer. Too much can go wrong on those long drives. And it only takes one dumb penalty, missed block, etc., and the drive is over. Falcons lost their mojo a lot this season.

Arno

January 13th, 2012
12:05 pm

Paddy O– Interesting comparison. McLellan cut a fine figure around Washington. He thought highly of himself, was also athletic and known for fine horsemanship. Lets hope we can find a rough, cigar smoking Grant type.

long time falcon

January 13th, 2012
12:06 pm

Why hasn’t Thomas Dimitroff take any heat? Look at some of his draft choices-

- sam baker, garrett reynolds, hawley, mike johnson, etc. None of these lineman have stepped up

- On defense- peria jerry, sidbury, owens. Has’nt drafted a single corner that has made an impact. No true difference makers on defense other than john abraham who might be gone.

Free agents- dunta robinson is nothing more than an average corner who was paid top dollar. Ray edwards who made no impact.

Was the failure of this team all coaching or are their some serious talent deficiences? I think the latter is part of the problem.

John Waynesworld

January 13th, 2012
12:24 pm

Good springboard post, D3.

I like Billick for OC, however there may be family tension when things don’t go so well. There is also the old “anti-nepotism” theory, where they will try too hard to distance themselves from their closeness. Martz would please me as I remember his tremendous insight to offenses when he was an analyst on the NFL Network before his Bears hire. I don’t know Clements, however it is not like he had a lack of QB talent when he was in GB. I am not sure how QB coaches garner such respect when looking for an OC as they don’t even call offensive plays. On the defensive side I like Spags alot. He has a good fire under him and his passion mixed with his scheming talent would be good for our sleepwalking defensive line. I hear Nolan’s name quite a bit and that pick would agree with me. If Del Rio gets a sniff at the Saint’s DC job, it is hasta la vista Falcons on that choice. Who wouldn’t want to be a DC when your offense has Brees. No brainer.

I just found this…

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d825f3f63/article/report-spagnuolo-nolan-lead-list-of-falcons-dc-choices

The bigger the name the better, IMO. I know Arthur is talking about a “new perspective”, but I can’t help but to want to keep my proverbial fan’s arms folded until I see some tangible results (not lofty promises) from whoever it is the Falcons select.

Big Lou

January 13th, 2012
12:31 pm

If we get Spag, I will be elated. So elated, that I might go shirtless with a big falcon painted on my chest for the first home game. At least management has a clue.

ryan

January 13th, 2012
12:38 pm

I like what i am hearing Blank tired of loosing .

Samuel

January 13th, 2012
12:51 pm

Maybe you select none of these guys, Just find a guy who’s exceptionally intelligent ,hard working, young an inovative. Someone who understands how to get the most out of Matt Ryan. also an offensive mind that’s been in the back ground on a winning organization….

E43

January 13th, 2012
12:56 pm

I don’t think you can get much more out of Matt Ryan. Whoever is coming in will probably work on fixing the effectiveness of our backfield and minimizing pressure on the Oline.

Screen Pass

January 13th, 2012
12:59 pm

“NFL.com’s now reporting the same thing ajc.com’s reporting about Spags and Nolan being at the top of Atlanta’s DC list.

I’m assuming they’re just basing it on the ajc.com report?” – Wabe

That is the nature of the business today. Even if something is bunk…once it is on a halfway real internet page then it is real. Thats why I was pissed Scooterheimer was plastered all over the Atlanta websites. Get that ish off…our fanbase shows lil enough football knowledge to fall for that kinda stuff. Whether this latest effort is true or not doesn’t matter..it at least shows were interested in real coaches. Whoever brought up Koetter and Scooterheimer should be shot for unforgivable stupidity.