Falcons assistant Kyle Flood will handle clock management and replays

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Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has shaken up his coaching staff this offseason, and one of the major changes is to have a coach whose responsibilities include clock management decisions and making the call on replay challenges.

Quinn announced today that Kyle Flood, who spent the last two years as the Falcons’ assistant offensive line coach, will have a new senior assistant role that includes in-game decision making, clock management strategy, timeouts and challenges.

Before joining the Falcons’ staff Flood spent four years as the head coach at Rutgers, so he has plenty of experience with managing games. That’s usually the head coach’s job, but a head coach has a lot to think about during a game, and it makes sense to have an assistant who can think only about those key decisions.

Giving a coach specific responsibilities relating to clock management is a smart move, one that Rams head coach Sean McVay did a year ago when he hired Jedd Fisch as an analyst and, in McVay’s words, “clock management specialist.” It won’t be surprising to see more coaches make these kinds of hires.

18 responses to “Falcons assistant Kyle Flood will handle clock management and replays

  1. “It won’t be surprising to see more coaches make these kinds of hires.”
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    Every team ALREADY has an assistant that perform those duties. It’s not like the head coach is staring at the jumbotron to decide if he should challenge a play – he has an assistant on the headset reviewing the call and telling him what to do.

    Same with clock management. HC already has a spreadsheet of specific scenarios and what to do in those situations and the assistant just reads them off for the HC.

    The head coach usually just takes the blame for those calls because it’s not worth it to throw an assistant under the bus for messing up.

  2. akira1971 says: “The head coach usually just takes the blame for those calls because it’s not worth it to throw an assistant under the bus for messing up.”
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    And this is what Ernie Adams does for the Patriots. Belichick has said before the value Adams brings to the strategy side of the game. Apparently they spend hours going through game type scenarios to develop a full strategy for every possibility.

    Adams is one of the few guys that has direct access to Belichick’s headset on gameday. That should tell you everything you need to know, since he is not the OC/DC or a position coach.

  3. akira1971 says:
    January 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm
    “It won’t be surprising to see more coaches make these kinds of hires.”
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    “Same with clock management. HC already has a spreadsheet of specific scenarios and what to do in those situations and the assistant just reads them off for the HC.”

    No offense but if you need a spreadsheet to figure that out…probably shouldn’t be a coach, let alone a HC. That part of the game isn’t rocket science.

  4. Excellent move. Next , Dan Quinn should build a time machine and go back to the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 51. Make sure Kyle Flood brings his clock.

  5. Obviously none of you have been a head coach before. I would never let any of my coaches call timeouts, or throw challenge flags. These are head coaching decisions and it doesn’t bode well for Quinn if he is relinquishing power of important parts of the game.

  6. If any NFL team is interested in hiring me as an Asst to the Asst Coach who’s responsible for clock management and replays, I’m available. I’m happy to make sure that all of the various electronic devices are plugged in and have ample battery life before, during, and even after the game. I’m also able to view a video screen and tell someone if they need to challenge a horrendous call made by the refs.

    Starting salary is negotiable but should be in the $300-400k range with summers off.

  7. I respect Quinn for the change, sad that this change was needed years ago. There are bizarrely many NFL coaches that simply don’t get it related to review challenges, time outs and other basic game management decisions.

  8. Some of these assistant coach roles seem really cool. “Clock management specialist?” “Replay coach?” Man… where can I send my resume?

    I’ve always felt I would love to be the quality control coach. I get to watch and break down film? Again… heck yeah.

    Of course, that whole working 19 hours a day making basically nothing part kinda stinks.

  9. My wife started watching 5 years ago. She wonders why coaches do or don’t do some pretty obvious things. Calling time out at an opportune moment, pass or run etc. Most viewers are screaming at their screens at one point or another due to bizarre calls from the sidelines.

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