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Falcons owner: Coach Dan Quinn 'is not the problem' (NFL.com)

"It's a reason, but it's not an excuse," Blank said of the injuries. "That's what the coach would tell you. That's what the players would tell you. There have been some crippling injuries, but other guys have stepped up and played the best they can. Some cases, that's good enough. In some cases, not quite."

Quinn's defense was decimated by injuries to impact starters. The replacements, however, haven't been disastrous, which puts the onus on the coaching staff. Entering Thursday's tilt, the Falcons D ranked 32nd in DVOA by Football Outsiders.

While Quinn is safe, the same can't be assumed for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While the coach has vocally supported his assistants all season, the offense has averaged 17.3 points per game over the past three tilts. With the type of offensive talent, the lulls are inexcusable. After exorcizing the red-zone issues in the middle of the season, they've crept back up for the embattled coordinator.

With the playoff dreams effectively dead after Thursday's turnover-filled loss, the Falcons will try to right the ship down the stretch with Quinn and hope any momentum gained can help fuel offseason optimism. If not, perhaps some other changes might be in order in Atlanta.

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While Quinn is safe, the same can't be assumed for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While the coach has vocally supported his assistants all season, the offense has averaged 17.3 points per game over the past three tilts. With the type of offensive talent, the lulls are inexcusable. After exorcizing the red-zone issues in the middle of the season, they've crept back up for the embattled coordinator.

 

Nonsense.  The basic foundation of an offense is the OL.  We have a lousy OL.    

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If we were giving up 24 points a game because guys were being "out talented" or "out experienced," I'd be more willing to give DQ a buy on the injury situation. The fact that we are giving up 30 plus is a serious flaw.

Bottom line, Dan Quinn was hired to fix the defense. Injuries suck. That said, the backups have to be better coached and more fundamentally sound. We are not the worst defense in the NFL primarily because we are the least talented defense. We are with worst defense because we are:

  • missing tackles.
  • failing assignments.
  • taking crappy pursuit angles.
  • using the wrong "leverage" for a given situation in coverage (you don't give up 7 yards of end zone at the 4 yard line). In the game vs. the Bengals the DB made the opposite mistake, guarding the heck out of the 5 yard line in a TD or lose situation on the last play of the game. 

Two changes Blank should order tomorrow:

  1. Quinn will personally call the defense on every snap. We will become on defense what the guy in LAR is on offense (sorry I forget his name). 
  2. We have an outstanding DB coach on the staff (Morris). That individual will immediately report to the DB room and do what he does best. He can assistant HC just fine in a defensive role. His resume building can wait. No one is knocking on his door anyway.

Quinn needs to be better. I'm sure Blank is saying that too. We just can't hear it. He's saying it to Quinn. I'm rather sure of it. 

 

 

 

 

 

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The coaching staff is not the problem we need to strategically realign position players. We have to trade freeman in the offseason and draft a right tackle because ryan schraeder is done. The falcons also need offensive guards. We need to draft a running back that can block. Trading freeman can probably get us a solid second rounder and potentially a free up money to sign another running back if needed. Mark Ingram, Jay Ajayi, and Levon Bell are all 2019 free agents and all block better than Coleman and Freeman. Next year the falcons could dominate if we make critical moves. Matt Ryan needs protection. #TradeFreeman

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50 minutes ago, etherdome said:

While Quinn is safe, the same can't be assumed for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While the coach has vocally supported his assistants all season, the offense has averaged 17.3 points per game over the past three tilts. With the type of offensive talent, the lulls are inexcusable. After exorcizing the red-zone issues in the middle of the season, they've crept back up for the embattled coordinator.

 

Nonsense.  The basic foundation of an offense is the OL.  We have a lousy OL.    

Sadly people dont want to hear that.  I agree if you dont see that the offensively line is the problem you dont know football. You can scheme all you want but eventually talent takes over. 

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1 hour ago, jlrfalcon said:

The only thing that will get through to Blank is when his new stadium has only fans from opposing teams in it.

EXACTLY!!! What do you think if we get another owner that cares more about winning and getting butts put in the seats

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1 hour ago, Jesus said:

Getting rid of Sark and abandoning the whole Shanny playbook thing would be a start. Even Colts can seem to do great on offense without a big name or loads of talent.

Yeah we should have been to that crap once Shanahan left

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2 hours ago, capologist said:

A pair of backup guards and a right tackle that has regressed is more of the problem IMO...

And when you still TO 4 times relative to scoring positions (3 for yourself in RZ, 1 going to them inside their’s)...

Amazing we have an offense capable of anything without a running game.

Defense did better than anyone expected last night. Offense just left 21 on the field and put D in bad spot for another TD. 28 point swing.

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2 hours ago, jlrfalcon said:

The only thing that will get through to Blank is when his new stadium has only fans from opposing teams in it.

You can be sure that will happen for the remainder of this season. 

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AB is extremely loyal to TD and TD is not going to tell him the whole truth. There are several issues that are attributed to TD and DQ or that TD and DQ have the power to fix but will they??? Remember they are from the "we are good like we are" school of thought. 

Just maybe when AB has to entertain other NFL owners in the SB stadium which he helped build, a SB that he was so instrumental in bringing here maybe he will change his thoughts and complete loyalty some.

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