While signs are pointing to Dean Pees coming out of retirement to coach this Falcons defense, there’s another name in mind that’s appealing to me.
The Bears interviewed Colts DBs coach Jonathan Gannon for defensive coordinator today, according to a league source.
He’s a popular DC candidate this cycle. There’s been reported interest from the Chargers and Falcons.
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) January 20, 2021
Gannon actually has some history with the Falcons; he was a quality control analyst with the team in 2007, but of course… the man who hired him dipped out in the middle of the night. Regardless, Gannon has done fantastic things in Indianapolis. In the three seasons since he has been the defensive backs coach, guys like Isaiah Rodgers, Kenny Moore, Khari Willis, Pierre Desir, Julian Blackmon, TJ Carrie, Malik Hooker, and Rashaan Melvin have shined. Even Xavier Rhodes, who was one of the laughing stocks of the NFL in 2019, turned it around and has returned to form as a premier corner.
Indy’s pass defense rankings have been nothing to write home about, but the work that Gannon has done with these defensive backs individually has been incredible. The Falcons don’t have much at the position to work with outside of AJ Terrell, so getting Gannon to work with these young defensive backs could go a long way in improving a porous Atlanta pass defense.