The Falcons should have a full coaching staff soon, as they've now stocked up on a secondary coach, linebackers coach, assistant to the head coach and potentially a quarterbacks coach for Dan Quinn.
Source: #Seahawks Def. Asst. Marquand Manuel will accept an offer to become the #Falcons new secondary coach and senior defensive consultant— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) February 4, 2015
Manuel is a nice get. He's spent the last two seasons as a defensive assistant and assistant secondary coach, respectively, and had a solid eight year career as a safety in the NFL. He's regarded as a bright guy whose stock was on the rise, and while he doesn't have a ton of experience as a coach, he's worked closely with Quinn and can share recent experiences with the players he'll be coaching. Losing Tim Lewis sucks, but Manuel will hopefully do a nice job molding young players like Dezmen Southward and Robert Alford. Desmond Trufant needs no molding.
The team has also made an important hire at linebackers coach, where the team has a few young pieces and not much else.
Source: Dan Quinn adding #UCLA, #NotreDame coordinators & Spygate scandal figure to @Atlanta_Falcons staff @NFLonFOX http://t.co/NvptJnigvB— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) February 4, 2015
Ulbrich spent a decade playing with the 49ers during his career, primarily as a reserve and special teamer. Since 2012 he's been the linebackers and special teams coach and then defensive coordinator at UCLA, where he had a key role in molding Anthony Barr into the hell of a player he is today. The Falcons will certainly upgrade the talent at linebacker going forward, but Ulbrich has his work cut out for him. He looks like a nice hire on paper, however.
Steve Scarnecchia, the scandal figure mentioned in the Marvez tweet, is known as the son of the legendary offensive line coach Dan Scarnecchia, and as a man who was a video assistant in New England when Spygate was going on. He was also fired by the Broncos after filming a 49ers walk-through, though it's certainly possible he was the fall guy for that. Scarnecchia was in Syracuse until recently, and will become sort of an administrative helper for Quinn, per FOX Sports. It is odd to see the Falcons hiring someone who was a key player in a couple of scandals, considering their real issue with the piping in noise scandal of 2015, but they must think the furor around Scarnecchia will die down soon.
LaFleur spent four seasons as Washington's quarterback coach, presiding over Robert Griffin's only successful year and some lousy ones from aging/lousy quarterbacks. He's known as a solid quarterbacks coach, though I can't claim to have any idea how well he'll work with Matt Ryan, who has been cycling through those coaches in recent years. If he's hired, hopefully it's a productive relationship.
Thoughts on this hire and potential hire?