defensive coordinator, remembers how empowering his former leader was.
“What’s really special about him is that he utilizes the people around him, and
he trusts them to give him the information that he needs,” Richard said. “He recognizes
that he’s not in there and it’s not him solely trying to get everything
done, it’s a collective effort. And that empowers everyone around him, which in
turn, gives him great authority.
“That’s so valuable from a leadership standpoint because he’s grooming you,
whether you realize it or not. So, he’s putting that trust in everyone around him
and in turn everyone around him trusts him to be accurate, and he is.”
Relying on help from his assistants, Quinn will seek to realign the Falcons’ defense
with the exact style he expects. Quinn discussed constantly throughout
pressure on opposing quarterbacks and get off the field on third downs
and in the red zone.
He will have the ability to have a direct impact on those desires not only in
practice but on Sundays moving forward. While the intricacies of defensive
play-calling may not be talked about as often as those on offense in this era of
high-scoring football, each defensive coordinator has a unique fingerprint.
the 2018 season his desire to see the team create more turnovers, generate increased
“For us, the defenses always remained the same,” Wagner said of the Seahawks’
defensive scheme. “The difference is there are certain plays that Gus
liked to run more than DQ, and coach Richard liked to run more than DQ. It’s
just like that vibe. Quinn prefers certain fronts more and he prefers certain
things more. He blitzed a little bit more, so I loved that. He was really good at
scheming the team.”
As a head coach and a defensive coordinator, Quinn will have more on his plate
than ever before. But this is a scheme that Quinn understands in its entirety and
utilized to unassailable success while in Seattle.
There will likely be some adjustments to Quinn’s approach during the week,
but any NFL head coach is already involved in every aspect of the team anyway.
Quinn won’t just be involved with the defense in Atlanta now, however. He’s taking
ownership of it.
“I think as a defensive coordinator if you know the front, linebackers and the
coverage, that’s so important,” Bradley said. “I think that’s what he did when he
was at Seattle, he could bring those three together.
“For Dan, he’s been so involved from Day 1 that I think it will be a real smooth
transition for him.”
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