When things were going well for the Atlanta Falcons under former head coach Dan Quinn, no one seemed to care about his college-style leadership mentality and affinity for catchphrases. As the losses began to pile up over the years, Quinn’s lack of discipline became a focal point leading to his eventual dismissal in 2020.
Granted, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and while Quinn’s approach has worked in the past, Falcons fans were happy to see the team go in a different direction by hiring the genius. offensive Arthur Smith away from the Tennessee Titans.
Quinn was known as a one-player coach, but the team definitely seems to be responding to Smith’s more direct coaching style. For example, check out this quote from Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett talking about the difference in tone under Smith, per Athletic’s Tori McElhaney.
“It’s deeper than the message,” Jarrett said. “It’s about getting the product out in the field, putting the work into it. (Arthur Smith) made it clear that we’re not going to talk about slogans, and all that, whatever. The toughest guy will play. There are no fluff”
“It’s deeper than the message. It’s about getting the product out in the field, putting the work into it. (Arthur Smith) made it clear that we’re not going to talk about slogans, and all that, whatever. The toughest guy will play. There’s no fluff.” – Grady Jarrett
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) July 29, 2021
There’s plenty to be excited about as training camp resumes. At the same time, there’s no guarantee that a more disciplined approach will turn the Falcons into a better team. At the end of the day, the only thing fans really care about is winning, and Smith understands that as well as anyone.