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With Quinn Calling Plays on Defense, Can the Falcons D Turn the Corner in 2019?

Since the moment they blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl history, the Atlanta Falcons have been doing whatever they can to make sure their defense is better and in a position to win games.

To this point, it just hasn’t happened.

You can check the best sportsbooks and see that the Falcons swiss cheese like defense was a big part of the reason they missed the postseason in 2018, and head coach Dan Quinn is certain that it’s going to change in 2019.

The team had a mountain of injuries on defense last season, with middle linebacker Deion Jones, strong safety Keanu Neal, and free safety Ricardo Allen among the starting players on defense that were lost for the year.

Because of the injuries the team was inconsistent, and they were unable to stop a lot of teams around the league, including the likes of the NFC South Champion New Orleans Saints, who they will have to figure out how to stop again in 2019.

The team has already dumped defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, and Quinn announced he would assume the position himself going forward, a dangerous trend for a team that needs a new voice on defense.

“We’re looking for real consistency,” Quinn said of what he wants to see on defense next season and beyond with the talent they already have on the roster.

“There [were] definitely times during the 2017 season we improved as a defense. Then I thought [it felt like] when you take two steps forward one step back. I wanted to make sure if I could have an impact and an influence on the defense and really play to a style that was true to how I would like it to look I should be the one making the calls.”

Quinn calling plays, rightfully so, has a lot of Falcons fans nervous, but he was successful doing it in Seattle, where he helped lead the Seahawks to a win in Super Bowl 49 over the Denver Broncos, punishing the league’s best offense in Met Life Stadium.

With free agency fast approaching, it will be interesting to see the moves that the Falcons make, and if Quinn decides to be the voice behind the defense as he’s said he will be in 2019, or if when things get tough he gives it to someone else.


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