Falcons owner Arthur Blank promised a fresh set of ideas among the coaching staff and it seems that is what the Falcons are getting.
Originally, when Blank made those comments during a season-ending press conference with head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff three days after the season ended, Blank was talking about the coordinator positions, as both were vacant at the time.
However, after an evaluation period, it seems the Falcons have sought to sprinkle that fresh-idea infusion down towards the lower levels of the coaching staff, especially on those areas of the team that were deemed the weakest: the offensive line and the defensive backfield.
On Saturday, the Falcons announced the hiring of former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill as the offensive line coach, a move that would seem to have Dimitroff's finger prints on it. (They have yet to hire a defensive backs coach, who would seem to remain subordinate to secondary coach Tim Lewis.)
When Smith took over...