Atlanta Falcons fans seem to like Dan Quinn. He's got a shiny head and he isn't Mike Smith. What's not to like? Plus his Seattle Seahawks defenses were pretty fantastic. Overall, it's a hire that's been met with excitement, and it's got Falcons fans looking to the future. But was Quinn the best new coach hire in the NFL this off-season?
Rotoworld recently put out their coaching rankings. There are 7 new hires, and they rank Rex Ryan first. They rank Quinn 2nd, sort of. He's basically sharing that second spot with former Arizona Cardinals assistant Todd Bowles, though they do give Quinn the slight edge. And here's what they had to say about him.
In a hiring season almost entirely devoid of new faces, Quinn’s is the freshest. He is a defensive-minded hire for a team that desperately needed one. The question is, was he a key cog in the Seahawks’ defensive machine, or just a product of it? Machine hires are a notoriously mixed bag. Ex-Ravens defensive assistants? Typically doing pretty well. Ex-Patriots coordinators? Not so much ... Quinn can devote his full attention to a defense that’s somewhere between shambles and mockery. If he can get it in something resembling order, Quinn will be on the fast track to "best hire of 2015" status.
Again, the proof is in the proverbial pudding. If Quinn can't get the Falcons turned around, then many will wonder whether Ryan would've been the best choice. That, of course, assumes Ryan hasn't flopped in Buffalo. I'm not a betting man, but I'd sure as heck bet on Quinn in that scenario.
Admittedly this is all very premature. Quinn hasn't even been on the job a month. His effectiveness as a head coach will be apparent soon enough. But for now, your thoughts?