Billick: No problem coaching AND calling plays, Quinn ‘one of best defensive minds’

John and Hugh
January 10, 2019 - 11:46 am

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The Atlanta Falcons have already filled all their vacant coaching positions after releasing their three coordinators after the final game of the 2018 season.

Dirk Koetter will take over as the Falcons new offensive coordinator and Ben Kotwica will take over the special teams unit. Defensively, Dan Quinn said he will take over the defensive coordinator responsibilities.

Former Super Bowl winning head coach and current NFL Network analyst Brian Billick joined John and Hugh on Thursday. Billick, who took over play-calling duties in 2006 when he was with the Baltimore Ravens and was successful, was asked: How difficult is the combination of being the head coach coupled with calling plays at the same time?

"It's not difficult. Dan Quinn has experience, and Dan Quinn is one of the best defensive minds I've ever been around. He'll do an excellent job."

However, Billick noted there is one problem when it comes to having double-duty.

"Naturally you're under pressure; you're going to be accountable for the wins and losses. But when you're actually the play caller--more so on offense but the same defensively--you're now being critiqued on 1,200 number of calls during the season...It brings an added element of pressure; like a head coach in the NFL actually needs more pressure.