Dan Quinn was introduced as the Falcons new Head Coach on Tuesday, and gave a short press conference to give a sort of mission statement for his plan.
Not surprisingly, his vision for Atlanta's defense is centered around playing "fast and physical."
"For us to play that style, we won't have 1,000 different defenses," Quinn explained. "What we will do is not necessarily what we play (but) is how we play it. That style will be real clear to come across in terms of the style and the attitude that we play. We'll try to best feature the players that we have, and that's one of the real things I'm looking forward to getting started with now is to better learn these guys here, and so we can now best feature them in the best way."
"The biggest thing for us is affecting the quarterback, and that may be the hits on him, the times we can move him off the spot. The third-down sacks are critical ones, because that's getting off the field. For us, the biggest thing is affecting the quarterback, maybe by the way we rush, maybe by the way we pressure, maybe by the way we cover or combination of all of those. But affecting him is the No. 1 thing."
Quinn has already announced some of his staff. Kyle Shanahan will run the offense, presumably very similar to the zone-blocking-based run scheme that Seattle has employed the last five years. On defense, he's pegged Richard Smith as his defensive coordinator and Raheem Morris as assistant head coach and defensive passing game coordinator. Smith has been the linebackers coach for the Broncos the last four years, Morris has been the defensive backs coach with Washington the last three seasons.
It will be fun to see what Quinn can do with his new team. Atlanta has some talented pieces to work with on both sides of the ball.