“Quinn Effect” felt in both Atlanta, Seattle

Dan Quinn and linebacker Brooks Reed celebrate a defensive stop vs. Washington. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Dan Quinn and linebacker Brooks Reed celebrate a defensive stop vs. Washington. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

The Dan Quinn Effect is so powerful, so pervasive that it stretches across three time zones.

Think not only about what his addition to the Falcons has meant, but also how his subtraction may slowly be undermining the place he left.

Seattle’s defense remains one of the better units in the NFL. Emphasize the phrase, “one of the better defenses.” Last season, with Quinn the overseer, it was the best.

Of course, roster changes and the strength of schedules make comparison a risky exercise. Still, a trend is clear. The defense in Seattle is a tick worse than a year ago; and the Falcons’ is a tick better (it could not possibly regress). The common thread – Quinn’s change of address.

This is particularly noteworthy following a Sunday in which the Falcons won in overtime on an interception return (their sixth of the season). And in a footnote to Seattle’s loss to Cincinnati, the vaunted Seahawks secondary finally got its first interception of the season. A certain opportunism seems to follow this coach wherever he goes.

At one extreme last season, the Seahawks led the NFL in fewest yards allowed (267.1 per game). Giving up 40 yards more a game so far this season, they currently rank fifth.

At the other, were the Falcons, a dead-last 32nd a year ago (398.3). A slight improvement – 366.4 per game – has bumped their ranking up 12 places. The team leads the league in rushing defense.

The most important numbers, of course, live in the standings. That’s where you’ll find the 5-0 Falcons enjoying a three-game lead over the Super Bowl runner-up/possible NFC playoff foe come January. If a postseason Falcons-Seahawks matchup happens, Quinn gladly would yield the frequent flyer miles to his old team.

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rollon15
rollon15

i honestly think this performance puts a huge damper on Quinn's fast start. Awful game tonight and I'm embarrassed.

96JB
96JB

Geez, I hope McGarity reads this article.

freezboy
freezboy

some masterful work on the offensive line

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

".... the Falcons won in overtime on an interception return (their sixth of the season)...."

The Falcons have returned 6 interceptions for TDs this year?  Gee, who knew......

Rijker
Rijker

Trading a Pro Bowl center for a Pro Bowl tight end that is misused and apathetic doesn't help either.

David McCallum
David McCallum

I personally believe the struggles with Seattle have more to do with their success over the past few years than anything else, with all due respect to coach Quinn. Success cost and the Seahawks are finding that out right now. When they have to bring in a Cary Williams and not some young guy that they drafted in the fifth round, whose not familiar with their system, then this is the price they are paying for that. The NFL is a win now league. NFL teams cannot afford to what baseball and other major sports do, where they can develop young players, unless that team is the Jacksonville Jaguars.

BTC
BTC

Well, the Seattle D got me 14 fantasy points, so can't complain there!