At the Falcoholic, we are obviously a Falcons site full of unabashed Falcons fans. We dive into the nitty gritty and have been looking at issues with the team considering their atrocious start to 2019.
What’s to blame? Bad execution? Poor punting? A confused defense? Weird offensive schemes? Sometimes it is interesting to see what the unbiased writer has to say. SB Nation’s Christian D’Andrea did exactly that when examining each team’s biggest weakness. No punches were pulled.
The Falcons beat the Eagles in Week 2. In their other three games, they’ve trailed by 21, 17, and 17 at the half. Atlanta’s cache of wasted talent has been matched only by its enormous capacity for stupid mistakes through one quarter of the season.
Fatal flaw: Coaching. Dan Quinn’s team has found a way to bridge whatever skill gap he holds over opponents with a lack of preparedness.
Quinn’s offseason coaching shakeup was bold. You rarely see teams fire their top three coordinators, regardless of performance. You also rarely see a head coach take over one of the coordinator positions. It showed Quinn had a great deal of confidence in his abilities to hire better talent and coordinate a defense.
So far, that confidence was misplaced. The Falcons have almost impossibly downgraded at all three coordinator spots. Even with Quinn’s experience with the team and the defense, and Dirk Koetter’s prior time with the team’s top offensive weapons, have failed to produce positive results or reduce growing pains. Quinn and Koetter have been so bad that fans have fondly reminisced about Marquand Manuel and Steve Sarkisian.
D’Andrea is correct. The team’s biggest weakness is the coaching. If things don’t improve, we will see a lot of new coaches in Flowery Branch in January.