Atlanta Falcons: Candidates for the Defensive Coordinator Spot

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Atlanta Falcons: Candidates for the Defensive Coordinator Spot
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The Atlanta Falcons lost defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after their playoff loss last week to the New York Giants and are currently conducting a search for the replacement.

There are a good amount of coordinators out there that could come into Atlanta and make a good defense an elite one. The Falcons definitely have the talent on defense to compete at a high level, but their potential has not been met by a long shot.

Key free agents such as John Abraham and Brent Grimes will need to be brought back and a good coordinator could be the key to getting those guys back in Atlanta.

The Falcons have been expected to compete for a Super Bowl the past few years, but have been unable to win in the playoffs. The Falcons lost their identity towards the end of 2011 and tried to become a pass-happy team. They will need to get back to their run–first style of offense and a great defense will help them greatly.

We will take a look at three different candidates for the Falcons defensive coordinator spot. There is a dark-horse candidate that is an unlikely hire, but could work. We will also look at a guy that would fill the spot well and one last candidate that would be a perfect fit for the Falcons.

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