Dan Quinn coached the Falcons to Super Bowl 51 after the 2016 NFL season. Decrease than Four years later, after two missed playoff seasons at 7-9 and an 0-4 start in 2020, Quinn’s tenure in Atlanta is in jeopardy.
Quinn took over for Mike Smith, who went 66-46 with Four playoff journeys over seven seasons. Now in his sixth season, Quinn is 43-41 with one NFC South title and one wild-card berth.
Although Falcons proprietor Arthur Clear has proved he’s affected individual collectively together with his coach and won’t be one who likes to fire his coach in midseason, there isn’t any doubt he’s nearer to considering one different change after the Falcons turned nearly certain victories into sure defeats in opposition to the Cowboys and the Bears the earlier two weeks. The Falcons like participating in for Quinn, nevertheless in a bottom-line enterprise, sadly, the outcomes haven’t been there, notably on safety for the defensive-minded Quinn.
With the Texans accessible available in the market for a model new coach and the Jets and Lions among the many many franchises that moreover may look to make modifications for 2021, the Falcons would have stiff opponents for top candidates. Right here is our ranking of their most interesting potential replacements for Quinn:
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1. Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator
Bieniemy, 51, is prepared patiently for his first head-coaching gig as the newest excessive protegee of Andy Reid. The Chiefs’ deep Super Bowl 54 run might need taken him out of the combo for some teams who couldn’t wait. Given his work with Patrick Mahomes, he’s overdue for a shot. The Falcons may take into consideration each offense or safety as a result of the speciality of their subsequent head coach, as they need to play greater complementary soccer, interval.
2. Joe Woods, Browns defensive coordinator
Woods, 50, did good work on the 49ers’ workers beneath former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sooner than being elevated in Cleveland, the place his have an effect on already has been seen throughout the run safety and cross rush. He brings combination of experience and vitality. He can ship a recent perspective to the safety and as well as is conscious of how important a run-effective offense is.
3. Robert Saleh, 49ers defensive coordinator
Saleh, 41, continues to have quite a few exterior enchantment. He’s ripe to be plucked from Shanahan’s workers and use his pep and motivational experience to pump up a whole workforce. He has the likeability of Quinn and has a variety of the same defensive scheme sensibilities, so he would enchantment to the avid gamers in that sense of the transition.
4. Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator
The earlier Marshall quarterback and Jaguars first-rounder has found a unbelievable second NFL occupation at 40. He’s realized successfully beneath Bruce Arians and is now being influenced by the GOAT, Tom Brady. He’s obtained youth on his side and might need a unbelievable have an effect on on Matt Ryan in maximizing his elite 11 personnel of Juilo Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage.
5. Matt Eberflus, Colts defensive coordinator
Eberflus, 50, retains elevating his sport working beneath Frank Reich as his unit is the massive trigger why the workforce is 3-1. He’s one different coach like Woods with quite a few faculty and NFL experience as a motivator and tactician. HIs depth is usually a welcome asset in Atlanta, notably for the safety.
6. Kevin O’Connell, Rams offensive coordinator
Insert “how is he linked to Sean McVay?” hotshot youthful instructing candidate semi-joke proper right here. O’Connell is barely 35 nevertheless he has some Matt LaFleur- and Zac Taylor-potential in taking up one different workforce successfully. He’s very organized and expert and his time bouncing spherical as a NFL QB on a variety of offenses could possibly be good for Ryan.
7. Patrick Graham, Giants defensive coordinator
Right here is how the Falcons can bark up the Bill Belichick tree. Graham, a 41-year-old Yale product, has turned his a variety of years in New England into sturdy gigs with the Packers, Dolphins and now Giants as soon as extra. He’s doing a unbelievable job with their giant defensive modifications, even with some key holes. Graham’s smarts and worthwhile experience can’t be denied.
8. Joe Brady, Panthers offensive coordinator
Brady cut back his enamel as a Saints offensive assistant beneath Sean Payton sooner than getting the best collegiate QB season ever out of Joe Burrow at LSU. He’s off to a scorching start in Carolina, displaying he can coach Teddy Bridgewater to good points even with out Christian McCaffrey. The Falcons must at least take into consideration the 31-year-old who has been making noise elsewhere throughout the division. They might see him as one different Shanahan, for sure.