Latest On Dan Quinn

Earlier this week, while at the NFL Fall League Meetings in Fort Lauderdale, Arthur Blank was pressed with questions regarding the struggling Falcons and the status of Dan Quinn. He was asked if the team’s upcoming bye in two weeks was a fair time table to evaluate Quinn and potentially make a coaching change. “I don’t think that’s fair.” said Blank, “I don’t have any specific timetable. Just looking at each game one at a time. It’s the bye week, yes, but it’s not a trigger for making any changes. We’ll just continue to look at what we see developing and continue to support the coach and support the general manager and continue to ask them to do everything they can to put some wins up on the scoreboard.” Blank would also comment on this Sunday’s game against the Rams, adding: “I think we’ll see some changes. I think you’ll see them on the field on Sunday. Obviously for competitive advantage reasons, we won’t talk about them, but … we have a lot of football left to play.”

Well, things certainly did not go according to plan against the Rams earlier this afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as the Falcons were blown out 37-10 in a largely uncompetitive game, where running back Devonta Freeman was ejected for throwing a punch at Aaron Donald and quarterback Matt Ryan left in a walking boot after an ankle injury ended his day. Running back Ito Smith also left the game with a head/neck injury and had to be carted off the field.

Once again, the defense, which is supposedly Quinn’s specialty, was non-existent, and is currently ranked near the bottom of the league in just about every defensive category, allowing almost 400 yards of total offense per game.

When asked for comment immediately following the loss, Blank dismissed speculation that Quinn might be fired Monday, and said “I still support” the coach, according to The Athletic‘s Jeff Schultz. However, Schultz would go on to add that he believe’s nothing will save Quinn’s job at this point.

Quinn is currently in his fifth season and most notably led Atlanta to the Super Bowl after the 2016 regular season. The Falcons posted a 10-6 record the following year, which was the last time Atlanta finished the season above .500 and/or went to the postseason.

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  1. goldenmisfit

    There are a lot of issues with the Atlanta Falcons and you really cannot put them all on Dan Quinn. He definitely has to improve but also you need to see improvements from the defense their defense this season has been abysmal.

  2. cowman707

    I think Dan Quinn is a good head coach. That being said he needs a change of scenery and to get the hell out of Atlanta. They have way too many holes and they are going nowhere fast. His general manager deserves as much credit for their failure as he does

    • braveshomer

      I agree Quinn is a great coach but the ship has sailed in Atl….no Pass rush and another bad O-line really has been the cause of most the failures

  3. braveshomer

    Firing Quinn does nothing for the team mid-season at this point except appease all the upset fans…defense is atrocious and honestly the offense is just as well. Put too much stock in letting Koetter completely run that side of the ball while Quinn ran the other side…both have blown up in everyone’s faces

  4. crazylarry

    But hey Julio Jones got his big pay day to go with his big head. At least he is happy.

  5. bravesfan

    If u don’t draft well, and you don’t spend money on pieces you actually need, you definitely can’t get away with Quinn’s coaching style… especially on defense. It’s so vanilla and always been that way with every team. The difference is our defense doesn’t have the skill lvl like his days as a seahawk. And our offense simply isn’t good enough or creative enough to bail us out if needed. When your talent is subpar, you have to have a much different approach to coaching the game, and Quinn isn’t cutting it.

    • kylewait89

      I don’t believe Dan Quinn or the draft is the issue. Some guys aren’t at the level they need. A big hole was the OL and the drafted Lindstrom and McGary in round 1. Lindstrom is on IR and McGary is still a rookie tackle. Another issue was the defensive backfield depth. They drafted Sheffield and Miller who are likely also a year away.

      To a point the biggest weakness is at the RB spot and the offensive creativity. Any team with Matt Ryan, Julio, Ridley, Sanu and Hooper should be better. But it’s hamstrung but inefficiency. I don’t think you blame Quinn for the offense but the defense is a mystery. Quinn took over and no improvement has been had and that’s with players like Deion Jones, Takk McKinley, Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett. At a certain point you wonder about player effort. Nothing about the Falcons defense being so porous has made sense.

      • jjabrony

        You seem very knowledgeable about the team so I wont try to correct you on any of your player analysis. I will only say this …It’s never the RB. If the RB play is sub par, look at the line. And I think that’s the case here.

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