The playoffs are well underway, but the main buzz around Flowery Branch is the continued search for an offensive coordinator. With Dan Quinn’s statement that the team is interested in speaking with a couple of names in these playoffs, it’s possible that the Falcons’ new OC is still on the field. Or they could just hire Mike Mularkey or something, Who knows.
Here’s Falcoholinks for Monday morning.
Playing Keep Away with Kubiak
Gary Kubiak would be the perfect fit for these Atlanta Falcons — and he’s the dream hire for many in the fan base — but the Broncos have tossed a wrench into that idea by blocking teams from interviewing him. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Falcons were among the teams that requested an interview with Kubiak, but were denied the opportunity.
If this holds true, it’s highly unlikely that he heads to Atlanta. The Falcons have already completed interviews with a trio of coaches for the position, so unless there’s a surprise forthcoming — and Sarkisian was one — we may be looking at Dirk Koetter or Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator in 2019.
The Vic Situation
The Falcons could be on a collision course regarding Vic Beasley’s 2019 contract, as The Falcoholic’s David Walker explains. Beasley is due for a hefty raise next season, but with his last two lackluster and injury-riddled seasons, is the former first-round pick worth $12.8 million?
Certainly not — so now it’s up to the front office to decide the direction that they’d like to take with Beasley. Cutting him seems like the likely outcome, and if other teams are uninterested in inking him to a deal, bringing him back at a lesser price tag is a possibility.
Should the team move on from Beasley, it would also give them more cap flexibility for signing some free agents this offseason.
Calvin Ridley is a special player, and in his rookie season he showed just how potent of a scoring threat that he can be. Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate took a closer look at Ridley’s first year numbers compared to other Atlanta greats, and they’re pretty eye-popping.
The Falcons have found themselves a wide receiver who figures to be an integral part of their offense going forward.