WATCH: Falcons coaching staff changes don't address real problem

Dave Holcomb

Coming back from the bye week, the Atlanta Falcons announced three coaching changes on Monday. 

The team didn't fire anyone, but head coach Dan Quinn said wide receiver coach Raheem Morris will move back to defense, which he coached for Atlanta in 2015, to coach the secondary. Meanwhile, other changes include Dave Brock moving from running backs to wide receiver coach, and Bernie Parmalee leaving his assistant duties on offense and special teams to coach the running backs.

With Quinn looking for ways to salvage 2019 and save his job, these changes can't come as much of a surprise, but it's worth wondering what impact they'll really have because none of them address the bigger issue, which is the pass rush.

Yes, the secondary has played poorly, but opposing quarterbacks have had all day to throw because the Atlanta defense can't get to the quarterback. The Falcons are last in the NFL with seven sacks in eight games. They are the only team in the league averaging fewer than 1.0 sack per contest.

The secondary can play better and the Falcons can be more efficient in the ground game, but the biggest problem with the team is its ranked 23rd in pressure rate. That won't help any secondary.

Although fans can be frustrated that these coaching alterations won't bring much change, it's not as if Quinn has a logical fix to his poor pass rush. He could try blitzing more and/or changing defensive play-callers, but he has tried that a little already and it hasn't worked all that well.

Quinn can move around his coaching staff all he wants. Heck, thinking outside the box is better than sitting on your hands. But don't expect the results on Sundays to be different unless Vic Beasley and company start registering some sacks.

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