The offense will still be Mike Norvell’s, so that’s a continuity that should be helpful to the quarterback and offensive line.
The team suffered through multiple coordinators on both sides of the ball before Mike Norvell got hired in December 2019. Keeping the same scheme and same coaches involved helps on many fronts.
The players don’t have to learn new terminology, and they know what each play is trying to accomplish, and they will be familiar with how practices go. I’m sure Atkins will have his own wrinkles compared to what Kenny Dillingham liked to do, but his promotion changes things way less than when Willie Taggart hired Kendal Briles once Walt Bell left for UMASS.
I’m curious to see what the differences will be, compared to Dillingham, and we already know Atkins will remain on the field and not call plays from the booth.
I know some fans had issues with some of the playcalling with Dillingham, particularly when McKenzie Milton played in games.
I’ll likely look at some games when Atkins was the OC and see if I can get a feel for how he likes to do things.