Atlanta Falcons

Head Coach: Dan Quinn (holdover)
Offensive Coordinator: Steve Sarkisian
Defensive Coordinator: Marquand Manuel

About Sarkisian: The Falcons are really rolling the dice with their hire of Sarkisian, who is certainly well regarded in coaching circles but comes with some major baggage. He has limited NFL experience and has never called a play in the league, and he was fired his from last head coaching job at USC in 2015 because of alcohol abuse. Sark’s offensive mind landed him major head-coaching jobs at Washington (2009-13) and USC (2014-15), and Nick Saban brought him as an offensive analyst last season before giving him the OC job just before the national championship game in January. Sarkisian was looking into the NFL ranks before the 2016 season, even visiting Dan Quinn and the Falcons during training camp last August before he took a position on Saban’s staff in September. Sark and Quinn both come from Pete Carroll’s coaching tree, and they knew each other from their time in Seattle during 2009 and 2010 – Sark with Washington and Quinn with the Seahawks. The two have never actually worked with each other, as Quinn worked under Carroll during Seattle’s Super Bowl runs in 2013 and 2014 and Sark coached under Carroll at USC in 2005-08. The vast majority of Sark's experience comes at the college level, but he did serve as the Raiders QB coach under Norv Turner in 2004. Sarkisian, who will turn 43 in March, is taking over the highest-scoring offense led by the 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan. No pressure. Sarkisian is expected expected to run a similar West Coast, outside-zone scheme that Kyle Shanahan deftly deployed last season. Ryan thrived in no-huddle situations and using play-action, both staples of Sark’s offenses through the years. “As a play-caller, I felt like, No. 1, what an aggressive play-caller he’s been through the years,” Quinn said of Sark after his hiring. “He has a real familiarity, from the wide zone scheme, the play-action, the keepers — that’s such a big part of what we do.”

About Manuel: The Falcons shocked many by firing DC Richard Smith after their stunning Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. Smith had gotten a pretty young Falcons defense to steadily improve throughout the season, especially at the end of the season, before their second-half collapse in the Super Bowl. Of course, just how much credit Smith actually deserved is debatable since Dan Quinn is calling most of the s...