Falcons’ young defense ‘can be great,’ and confidence is growing

The Falcons have talked for a few weeks now about their defense making significant strides, but it probably means a little more when such praise comes from an opponent.

That’s exactly what happened after Saturday’s 36-20 divisional playoff victory over Seattle. Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin couldn’t help but give the young Falcons defense its due credit.
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“I think they can be great,” Baldwin told ESPN.com. “They are young, but they have a lot of talent. They have a lot of athletic, gifted talent. No one particular person stood out. It was just their effort. They played really, really hard. And you’ve got to respect that about any team.”

Woods, 46, has been an NFL assistant since 2004 and was recommended to Kubiak by Joseph when Kubiak was putting his Broncos coaching staff together in 2015. Woods has managed one of the most vocal and Type A position groups on the team. This past week, safety T.J. Ward said, “Joe has done a great job in our room,” and added that as a potential defensive coordinator, “Joe would do a great job of that too.”

Joseph set the table for Woods’ promotion on Thursday, when Joseph was formally introduced as the team’s newest head coach. Woods, a bright coaching prospect who some in the league have said could be a head coach someday, was believed to be in line to be the Broncos’ coordinator if Phillips did not return.

“Joe’s a bright coach, and he’s obviously ready to be a coordinator in this league,” Joseph said last week. “…Joe is a guy who can obviously defend the NFL pass game. … I love Joe. I’ve been a friend with Joe for a long time; he’s a great ball coach.”

Game Youth Teemu Selanne Jersey Phillips was a wildly popular presence among the Broncos’ faithful, and his departure to the Los Angeles Rams last week to be their DC was chronicled as if he were a head coach. Phillips’ defense powered the Broncos’ Super Bowl run in 2015.