The Falcons are parting ways with the last remaining coach from the Dan Quinn era — wide receivers coach Dave Brock.
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— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) February 15, 2022
Brock has been with the Falcons for the past five seasons, but has only spent the last two as the wide receivers coach. Starting as an offensive assistant, Brock was promoted in 2019 to running backs coach. He quickly pivoted to wide receivers coach halfway through that same season after Quinn reassigned then receivers coach Raheem Morris to the defense.
It is difficult to decide who to credit for Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage‘s career-high seasons, but Brock did have a hand in it. It was the same season Ridley was named to the All-Pro team, which prompted the thought the two would be a formidable duo after the Falcons dealt Julio Jones. Obviously, things didn’t go that way.
Without Jones, Ridley became the guy but only played in five games last season as he stepped away from football altogether to handle personal matters. Gage’s slow start can be attributed to a nagging ankle injury, but he came on strong midway through the season. His final stat line was eerily similar to the previous season’s career-year, totaling 770 yards and four touchdowns on 66 receptions.
Ridley’s future with the team can be described as cloudy at best. And with pretty much the entire receiving core hitting free agency, the outlook at the position remains unclear, including who will coach them in 2022.
Kendall also reported that Chandler Henley, the assistant offensive line coach, will also be leaving Atlanta to become an offensive assistant on Mike McDaniel’s staff in Miami. So Arthur Smith will have to fill two positions.