Changes Aren’t If, but When and Who
Special Guest Writer: Roddy E. Nixon, Jr. AKA Seminole Warrior
“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” General George Patton
“Things do not happen; things are MADE to happen.” President John F. Kennedy
Simply, let’s get to the point. On behalf of the Falcon Nation, I am taking the liberty of firing the following individuals: Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith, Dirk Koetter, Mike Nolan, Tim Lewis, Glenn Pires, Chris Scelfo, Glenn Thomas, Joe Danna, Mark Collins, and the ENTIRE strength and conditioning unit.
The following individuals will remain employed, for now, by the Falcons, but will be subject to internal review upon hire of the new GM and head coach: Keith Armstrong and Terry Robiskie.
This transition, in the eyes of the Tee Pee, began in earnest on December 30, 2012. It began with a poorly approached, eye-raising loss to Tampa Bay. Since that debacle, the team has gone 6-18. Millions have been invested in free agency and two draft classes have resulted in absolutely not a single damned player to get excited about going forward.
General Manager Hire: The Tee Pee recommends that the next general manager of the Atlanta Falcons be one of three men. All three share a very distinct pattern; they all have won two Super Bowls as directors of scouting/player personnel/front office management. They have a VERY strong presence of drafting and free agency selections and they are all VERY versed in salary cap management. Two of them are currently seen as possibly being “under the gun” this season if the teams (Steelers/Giants) fail to make the playoffs. And De Costa is seen as a VERY HOT candidate for MANY potential openings given his strong bond to the super successful Ravens GM, Ozzie Newsome.
Kevin Colbert: General Manager, Pittsburgh Steelers
Jerry Reese: General Manager, New York Giants
Eric DeCosta: Assistant General Manager, Baltimore Ravens
Head Coach Hire: The Tee Pee recommends that the next head coach of the Atlanta Falcons be an offensive minded coaching hire. The PRIMARY reason for this approach is that the offense is the STRENGTH of this team now and for the near term future.
My choice to lead this renaissance is former Houston head coach, Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak is an offensive mind. Being of the Walsh-Shanahan offensive tree, Kubiak is WELL versed in the concepts of the West Coast offense. Kubiak comes into the Branch with THREE Super Bowl rings on his fingers from his time as an assistant coach (quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator) during his time with San Francisco and Denver.
In addition, like Walsh and Shanahan, Kubiak is a staunch proponent of the ZBS (zone blocking scheme). He likes a balanced approach to his offense; strong rushing attack and a “spread the field” passing attack that uses the screen pass, the right end, and the intermediate routes with GREAT efficiency.
And like Shanahan, who was deemed a failure at his FIRST head coaching gig with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, I think that given the talent in place in Atlanta, especially on offense, the turnaround for Atlanta and Kubiak could be just like what we saw when Denver rose to prominence under Shanahan to win TWO Super Bowl titles.
Offensive Coordinator Hire: The Tee Pee recommends that Coach Kubiak bring to Atlanta with him, his trusted friend, Rick Dennison. Dennison and Kubiak are joined at the hip; they have been a pair since Kubiak took the Houston job back in 2006. As both a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, Dennison worked well with Kubiak to turn the Houston team into one of the league’s most versatile and dynamic offensive units.
Defensive Coordinator Hire: The one thing that haunted Gary Kubiak during his Houston time was the fact that the defense never measured up to the potential displayed consistently by the offensive unit. The lesson was learned by Kubiak in 2011 when Kubiak hired former Falcons DC and interm HC Wade Phillips as his new defensive coordinators. That hire, an aggressive draft scheme by GM Rick Smith, and targeted free agency, turned the desperation into an asset as the Houston defense became a true force in 2011 and 2012.
Kubiak could do the same in Atlanta. And while I have the highest degree of love and respect for Wade Phillips, the choice is crystal clear. Rex Ryan is the CHOICE to re-build the Atlanta defensive unit. And Rex is the perfect fit to implement either the 4-3 or 3-4 in Atlanta. Ryan is a defensive specialist and in Atlanta, that is ALL he would have to deal with. And the dividends would be immediate I assure you. You want a tough defense, an aggressive defense, an attacking defense. Rex Ryan is the answer and the start of that becoming the standard, not a dream.
What do you think of my ideas?
Is SW onto something? Has SW finally gone off the deep end?
Who would you like to see as the General Manager? Head Coach?
Do you have a better pairing for the offensive and/or defensive coordinator positions?
When would you make the changes?
Would you retain and current staff and why would you do so?