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Author: Jon Kuzma
If you want to know how much coaching matters in the NFL. Just take a look at the Atlanta Falcons. After starting the season off 0-5 and firing their head coach Dan Quinn. Interim head coach Raheem Morris has a 3-1 record since taking over. The most important thing a coach can do for his team is get his players to give maximum effort. That’s the one thing that’s been totally different since Morris took over. Quinn started to sound like a broken record as the losses piled up. Whereas Morris is a fresh start for the Falcons. It feels like Morris is also better on the technical side of things as well. Atlanta was surrendering 32.2 points per game when Quinn was in charge. Since then they’ve dropped down to around 22 points per game. So they’re trending in the right direction on the defensive side of the ball. And that’s not too surprising when you look at Morris’ track record. He used to be the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has also been a defensive assistant coach in the NFL going all the way back to 2002. Those past experiences have prepared Morris for the job in Atlanta. Therefore Arthur Blank has to stick with this guy because everything is clicking right now.
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