Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You call it: Quinn/Shanahan/Ryan or Koetter/Smitty/Jameis?


The three most important figures in an NFL game: The guy in charge of the offense, the guy in charge of the defense and the quarterback.

The Atlanta Falcons have: Dan Quinn, a head coach with a defensive background who presumably has some say over his in-game defense; offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Matt Ryan.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have: Dirk Koetter, a head coach just promoted from OC who will still call plays; defensive coordinator Mike Smith and quarterback Jameis Winston.

Three of these six -- Smith, Koetter and Ryan -- worked for the Falcons and nearly won an NFC title in January 2013. Also of note: The Falcons and Bucs open against each other at the doomed Dome on Sunday.

Enough blather. One question: If you were an NFL owner, which threesome would you rather have? Thanks in advance for the input.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.