FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons linebacker Akeem Dent has not benefited much from continuity over the last four years of his career.
Starting with the much maligned defensive coordinator Willie Martinez at the University of Georgia, Dent is on his fourth defensive coordinator in four years and along with musical coaches he's also had to play musical schemes.
Dent transitioned from Martinez's 4-3 to Todd Grantham's 3-4 at Georgia then back to a 4-3 as a rookie in Atlanta with Brian VanGorder (who, like Martinez, was maligned by his share of Falcons fans for his perceived passivity). Now, with Mike Nolan in charge of the defense, there's a chance the Falcons will be more multiple and that Dent, as he battles it out for a starting linebacker job, might have to learn some elements of a 3-4.
"It's all part of the game," said Dent, an Atlanta native, of the coaching changes. "It's all the business. It's being able to adjust to different schemes and different packages and things ...