Falcons: Could Brandon Staley be a dark horse Head Coach candidate?

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I pondered Brandon Staley even before Dan Quinn was fired as a defensive coordinator, but oh how times have changed.

 

 

The LA Rams have been fantastic so far in 2020, and Sean McVay has shown that last season’s slump was not the new norm. With Cooper Kupp back in play, the Rams are my favorite to be in the Super Bowl out of the NFC. I think they’re more physical than Green Bay and a better overall team than the Saints.

 

I think Staley is going to get a few interviews, but at 38 — he may choose to stay in a defense in which he has Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and John Johnson. There have already been reports that Eric Bieniemy and John Dorsey are Arthur Blank’s main priority, but a lot can change between now and then. It’s important for the Falcons to leave no stone unturned during this coaching search, but pairing the defensive minded and young Staley with a mastermind OC could prove fruitful for Atlanta. The defense has been a sore spot for a while, and Staley could provide some extra juice that we’ve seen since Raheem Morris took over in the wake of Dan Quinn’s dismissal. LA’s defensive numbers present a pretty strong case for Staley.

 

Rams Rankings:

Total Defense: 3rd

First Downs Allowed: 2nd Fewest

Yards Allowed: Fewest

Yards Per Play: Fewest

Takeaways: T-3rd

First Downs Allowed: 2nd Fewest

Passing Yards Allowed: Fewest

Passing TDs Allowed: Fewest

Rushing Yards Allowed: 3rd Fewest

Rushing TDs Allowed: T-4th Fewest

 

 

Photo by Andy Lewis, September 20, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA

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