fun gus wrote:
In the sense that Nolan calls the plays and designs the schemes, then yes, it is his defense.
But at the same time, I don't think you can say that Koetter doesn't run his offense. He just doesn't have control over personnel.
Nolan doesn't have control over personnel either, at least not in the way that you seem to be perceiving it.
again, I disagree. Nolan runs HIS defense, and I believe when he came to interview with Smith ( who was a DC himself )he basically told him " I will take over this defense. Give me whatever pieces, but what I choose to do with them is my domain
. That's the deal. Take it or leave it
to which Smith,Td AND Blank said 'you got it. you get results, we leave you alone'.
Nolan gets results. They leave him alone. Our defense truns around.
Koetter comes here and Smith says 'I want our offense to remain basically the same, with a few bubble screens. Your working with the Jagoffs, with no talent. I've got 5 winning seasons here, I want you to run my Turner-centric offense, and I will tell YOU who starts and doesn't. With you, Dirk, I am hands on. That's the deal take it or leave it'
and here we are.
But I don't quite understand why you believe Koetter didn't say the exact same thing.
I think it might be because of the very different flavor of defense that Mike Nolan runs in contrast to Mike Smith's very vanilla, conservative 4-3 defense. Nolan is a 3-4 guy, as the season has progressed has push the Falcons to more of a 3-4 defense with a lot of varied fronts. And of course because certain players (safeties, Robinson, Nicholas, Biermann) have improved their play and adopted different roles, things look a whole lot different. We essentially went from vanilla to chocolate.
On the flip side, offensively, there isn't a brand new flavor. If we were vanilla before, then now we're french vanilla. But I know revisionist history has people saying that Mike Mularkey ran a scheme that was incompetent, but in reality the scheme Mularkey ran, the biggest weakness of it was the route design. It was basic routes that overemphasized guys being able to individual separate from coverage and get open. Koetter has introduced an offense that utilizes more of those complementary routes that doesn't require guys to be as good. It is designed to make it easier to throw the ball and be an efficient pass-first offense. That was the flaw of Mularkey's scheme. His offense was built around the run setting up the pass. His scheme wasn't designed to be able to drop back 45+ times and win that way because of the play design of the passing plays. You could sit around and nitpick other issues (as you can with any team/offense/defense), but it wasn't a major issue with his protections, run plays, etc. And contrary to popular belief, his play-calling wasn't as horrible as people made it out to be.
So now Koetter comes in and his offense just changes the pass routes, and now you have a much more efficient and effective passing game.
Mike Smith tells Nolan who starts as well. It's not like Nolan came into the office and said Biermann is starting over Edwards. No, what happened was Nolan put Biermann in the team's nickel set. And then what happened was the Falcons over the first few weeks of the season ran nickel like 80% of the time.
Yes, there is clear evidence that Nolan is doing his
thing. What is the evidence that says Koetter isn't
I think over the past 20+ years, the different flavors of offense have become more amalgamated. There is no longer a distinct West Coast, or Air Coryell offense. They all run each others plays and principles. The only real difference between offenses nowadays is formation variance, and terminology (what verbiage you use to call plays).
That's not yet the case with defense, but we're getting there with all of the hybrid 3-4 and 4-3s that have cropped up around the league in the past 10 years. It's possible that 10 years from now, everyone will be running a hybrid scheme.
And it appears to me that because there is not a night and day difference to how our offense looks now as it did last year, then you believe that means that Koetter is basically running the same scheme. I don't think that's the case, I just think it's harder to determine via the naked eye, the differences between offenses nowadays. Not so much with defenses.