Players from teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs have a lot of fears after the last game of the season. One of the biggest fears is about the sweeping changes in the coaching staff. With a new coaching staff there is a difference in philosophy and a lack of familiarity with the current roster. Coaches who find themselves in a new city, coaching a new team, actually take the time to watch a movie from the previous year, but seeing a player strictly filmed often doesn’t paint the picture.
On the offensive side of football, being as specific as possible with the evaluation piece is vital. If a player is poorly rated, it becomes almost impossible to give players roles that lead to their success. When new offensive coordinators arrive, it’s not uncommon to see players who weren’t as successful with the previous game caller being successful. On the other hand, the most successful player before the change of coach may start to see his production slow down a bit.
The only way to avoid changes in a coaching team is to win, but it is obvious that not every team can boast of having a winning record. When a new CO is introduced, the best thing he (or she) can do is ensure that already productive players continue to be productive, while also improving the play of their complementary roles.
Atlanta Falcons – Dave Ragone
Dave Ragone will attempt to accomplish this feat as the Atlanta Falcons’ new offensive coordinator. Ragone comes from Chicago where he was the coordinator of the passing game. While head coach Arthur Smith will be calling the games, Ragone will still have a lot of influence over the games that are called on Sunday. The rationale for the partnership is that both coaches believe in a balanced attacking attack.