Top Questions Facing Dan Quinn - The LBs

Will new head coach Dan Quinn want to bring Sean Weatherspoon back?

Dan Quinn will have a lot to decide on about his defense when he takes over as the head coach next week. He might look at his group of linebackers and want to go back to Seattle.

The first question that must be answered regards Sean Weatherspoon, who missed the entire 2014 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. He has played in just 47 games in five seasons, which is not a good ratio. Weatherspoon is a free agent, so will the Falcons want to pay big money to a player that has yet to prove he can stay healthy?

Many believe the Falcons should simply go in a different direction. While Weatherspoon has talent, he can't stay on the field. So what good is he if he's on the injured list so often?

The real evaluation for Quinn will come on the young players. Paul Worrilow and Joplu Bartu just finished their second seasons. Both were undrafted free agents in 2013 and were pushed into service due to injuries. How will Quinn think these two have done in the last two seasons? Will he believe he and his coaches can make them better?

Prince Shembo, last year's fourth round pick, started in three games and played in all 16 games. Will Quinn believe Shembo is a potential starter and someone that could lead the linebackers, particularly if Weatherspoon is allowed to walk away?

This is likely to be a position of transition for the Falcons, with the need for a more veteran presence. It's truly been a void since the Falcons allowed Curtis Lofton to walk away a few years ago. So Quinn will need to really help make this position better in 2015.



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