By Tim Weaver
The Falcons had a top-10 defense as recently as the 2017 season. Getting back there won’t be easy, but there have been a number of positive developments this offseason.
Here’s four key changes that will help Atlanta’s defense bounce back from a disappointing 2018 campaign.
Competing in the NFL is all about coaching. If you need proof, just witness the stunning turnaround that the Rams have undergone the last couple of years after moving on from Jeff Fisher and replacing him with Sean McVay. LA went from having the worst offense in the league to perhaps the best overnight, and it was mostly with the same players.
The one factor that will decide where Atlanta finishes in the standings most may be how head coach Dan Quinn does as the team’s de facto defensive coordinator. Quinn came up as a defensive line coach and earned his current job by helping mold the Seahawks into the most dominant defense of our time.
This current Falcons team can’t compare with the awesome amount of firepower that Seattle had defensively from 2013-2014, but they have enough talent to field an above-average unit at the very...