A clear message and good chemistry go a long way
As good as the chemistry is inside the Falcons headquarters at Flowery Branch, Kronenberg still knows that he has to find good football players at the end of the day. And that also means finding the right prospects who’ll thrive within the culture Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have assembled.
The Falcons’ scouts can do that, he said, because they know exactly what kind of player they’re looking for “to a T.”
“They showed us what we’re doing offensively, what we’re doing defensively, what type of player we’re looking for and painted the clearest vision of what they wanted and I’ve never been around anything like that,” Kronenberg said. “It all started with them giving us an absolute picture of what they’re looking for.”
Before long the scouts, coaches and players were in the same meetings rooms – and everyone was slowly getting on the same page. Sure, there were some bumps along the way, Kronenberg said, but Quinn’s willingness to listen and be open-minded makes it work.
“Dan’s program – you can’t just take his program and run somewhere else,” Kronenberg said. “It works because he’s pulling the trigger and him and Thomas – they’ve developed a great relationship, very cohesive. And they both are open-minded: it doesn’t matter how we get there.”
Kronenberg, whose playing career included four seasons in NFL Europe, three years in the CFL, two in the AFL, and training camp appearances with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993) and the Washington Redskins (1998), says he’s never seen anything like what’s happening in Atlanta.
“I’m not 70 years old and have stories to tell you, but as long as I’ve been in this, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.