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Falcons Coach Dan Quinn now has the NFL’s hottest seat

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It was one of those days for Falcons Coach Dan Quinn. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)
October 7 at 10:41 AM

NFL firing season has begun a little early this year with Monday’s news that the Redskins have parted ways with Coach Jay Gruden after only five games. It’s the earliest in-season NFL coaching departure since 2015, when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin after four games.

[Redskins fire Jay Gruden after 0-5 start]

As for who might be next on the chopping block, the consensus seems to be looking in the general direction of Falcons Coach Dan Quinn, whose team is 1-4 on the season and just 18-19 since its loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. But team owner Arthur Blank is sticking by his coach, at least for now.

“No,'' Blank told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure when asked whether a coaching change is needed. “We’ve got a lot of football left. This staff has performed before. And my hope is they can fix what needs to be fixed and start winning some games.

“Obviously, the coaching is not where it needs to be,” Blank continued. “They’re challenging themselves, questioning themselves, examining everything they know how to examine. That’s all they can do is work really hard at it, take this as seriously as they can, and feel the pain.”

A defensive-minded coach, Quinn has been handling the play-calling on that side of the ball for the Falcons this season. But Atlanta’s defense has been the problem: The Falcons are allowing 30.4 points per game this season (only the Dolphins are worse) and gave up 37 in the second half alone during Sunday’s loss to the Texans, who racked up nearly 600 yards for the game and didn’t allow a sack. Injuries have been one issue — strong safety Keanu Neal, a 2017 Pro Bowler, is out for the season because of an Achilles’ tear — but the move away from a 4-3 defense to more of a 3-4 look has not worked.

“As I just got done saying, the staff has been here for a long time and they have performed at a high level in the past,'' Blank said. “And there’s no reason to think they can’t figure out what needs to be done and go from there.”

Atlanta is in the same 1-4 hole it was in last season, when it reeled off three straight wins to get back to .500 before faltering to a 7-9 finish. Sunday’s game against the similarly struggling Cardinals could be crucial to Quinn’s future, despite Blank’s assurances.

“We’re disappointed across the board,” Quinn said. “It’s not what we expected. We’ve got a week on the road together. We’ll head out to Arizona and we have to get things corrected in our games together.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/07/falcons-coach-dan-quinn-now-has-nfls-hottest-seat/

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The Atlanta Falcons are a sub-par, poorly coached, demoralized team. Football is no longer fun for the players. It's embarrassing and probably overwhelming to find themselves the laughing stock of the NFC South after all the preseason hype and an excellent draft and FA season.

They are at Ground Zero at this point, so having Arizona pop up on their schedule at this moment is almost miraculous. A great chance to regroup and find themselves. Hopefully have a reset to their season. Looking at the other side of the coin ~ losing to Arizona ~ would make an already shaky situation even more tenuous for Quinn and his coaching staff.

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9 minutes ago, PokerSteve said:

The Atlanta Falcons are a sub-par, poorly coached, demoralized team. Football is no longer fun for the players. It's embarrassing and probably overwhelming to find themselves the laughing stock of the NFC South after all the preseason hype and an excellent draft and FA season.

They are at Ground Zero at this point, so having Arizona pop up on their schedule at this moment is almost miraculous. A great chance to regroup and find themselves. Hopefully have a reset to their season. Looking at the other side of the coin ~ losing to Arizona ~ would make an already shaky situation even more tenuous for Quinn and his coaching staff.

too bad we know what happens when the falcons play against rookie or mediocre qbs sooo rip

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Just now, kenn.junior said:

too bad we know what happens when the falcons play against rookie or mediocre qbs sooo rip

Yep. At this point it would probably be better to sit the defense and let the offense play both ways. But I'm sure they'd get tired of that after a few games, even though we would proably win them all...  :lol:

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Just now, kenn.junior said:

too bad we know what happens when the falcons play against rookie or mediocre qbs sooo rip

Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, but this does sound like a very Falcon-ish thing that would happen...

If I close my eyes I can see the conversion on 3rd and 15. 

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2 minutes ago, Fiercefalcon said:

Nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, but this does sound like a very Falcon-ish thing that would happen...

If I close my eyes I can see the conversion on 3rd and 15. 

It sucks that an offense has the same  probability of getting a 3rd and 5 and a 3rd and 15 against us which is a 100% either by a penalty or someone wide open

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2 hours ago, jlrfalcon said:

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn now has the NFL’s hottest seat

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It was one of those days for Falcons Coach Dan Quinn. (Tim Warner/Getty Images)
October 7 at 10:41 AM

NFL firing season has begun a little early this year with Monday’s news that the Redskins have parted ways with Coach Jay Gruden after only five games. It’s the earliest in-season NFL coaching departure since 2015, when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin after four games.

[Redskins fire Jay Gruden after 0-5 start]

As for who might be next on the chopping block, the consensus seems to be looking in the general direction of Falcons Coach Dan Quinn, whose team is 1-4 on the season and just 18-19 since its loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. But team owner Arthur Blank is sticking by his coach, at least for now.

“No,'' Blank told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure when asked whether a coaching change is needed. “We’ve got a lot of football left. This staff has performed before. And my hope is they can fix what needs to be fixed and start winning some games.

“Obviously, the coaching is not where it needs to be,” Blank continued. “They’re challenging themselves, questioning themselves, examining everything they know how to examine. That’s all they can do is work really hard at it, take this as seriously as they can, and feel the pain.”

A defensive-minded coach, Quinn has been handling the play-calling on that side of the ball for the Falcons this season. But Atlanta’s defense has been the problem: The Falcons are allowing 30.4 points per game this season (only the Dolphins are worse) and gave up 37 in the second half alone during Sunday’s loss to the Texans, who racked up nearly 600 yards for the game and didn’t allow a sack. Injuries have been one issue — strong safety Keanu Neal, a 2017 Pro Bowler, is out for the season because of an Achilles’ tear — but the move away from a 4-3 defense to more of a 3-4 look has not worked.

“As I just got done saying, the staff has been here for a long time and they have performed at a high level in the past,'' Blank said. “And there’s no reason to think they can’t figure out what needs to be done and go from there.”

Atlanta is in the same 1-4 hole it was in last season, when it reeled off three straight wins to get back to .500 before faltering to a 7-9 finish. Sunday’s game against the similarly struggling Cardinals could be crucial to Quinn’s future, despite Blank’s assurances.

“We’re disappointed across the board,” Quinn said. “It’s not what we expected. We’ve got a week on the road together. We’ll head out to Arizona and we have to get things corrected in our games together.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/07/falcons-coach-dan-quinn-now-has-nfls-hottest-seat/


I agree!!!  If we lay an egg in these next two games, it could be "Katy barred the door" for Dan Quinn!  The 'Skins fired Gruden, and he could definitely be next --- although, it would be out-of-character for Arthur Blank... 



 

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45 minutes ago, slider said:

If "iron sharpens iron", what does sh*t sharpen? The Falcon offense against the Falcon defense in practice improves no one.

Imagine being the Falcons offense all offseason and feeling so good about how you are playing in practice only for real NFL games to start and then have to play a real defense. No wonder they came out against Minnesota the way they did lol. 

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2 hours ago, PokerSteve said:

The Atlanta Falcons are a sub-par, poorly coached, demoralized team. Football is no longer fun for the players. It's embarrassing and probably overwhelming to find themselves the laughing stock of the NFC South after all the preseason hype and an excellent draft and FA season.

They are at Ground Zero at this point, so having Arizona pop up on their schedule at this moment is almost miraculous. A great chance to regroup and find themselves. Hopefully have a reset to their season. Looking at the other side of the coin ~ losing to Arizona ~ would make an already shaky situation even more tenuous for Quinn and his coaching staff.

Arizona is gonna beat us, thier is no team we can face and be assured a win cause we are one of the worst teams in the NFL. Let's not tap dance around this issue we are in the same tier as the Cardinals, Redskins, Dolphins, Bengals. Our defense is probably worse than it has looked since the 1980's.

We are truly a bottom tier team so all this idea that it's lucky Arizona popped up on our schedule is silly we are as bad or worse than them.

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3 minutes ago, Dr Long Shot said:

Imagine being the Falcons offense all offseason and feeling so good about how you are playing in practice only for real NFL games to start and then have to play a real defense. No wonder they came out against Minnesota the way they did lol. 

Yea Iron sharpens Iron my ***, Marshmallows fool marshmallows into thinking they are good.

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Quinn is not a strategist when it comes to game planning.  He is plain vanilla.  Other coaches have him figured out before he even steps on the field.  In fact I bet there are teams that wish we were on their schedule cause we are easy win right now.  We have lost our mojo.  

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1 minute ago, B_Lo_Touchdowns said:

IMo Dan has always had the hottest seat nobody expected Arizona, Miami, or Washington to be good. This team was a supposed to be a contender, but here we are wasting another year just to screw it up at the end and win some seamless games and push us out of getting solid draft postion 

We aren't winning meaningless games this year. We are playing playoff teams with something to lose and division rivals at the end of the season so we will get jackhammered into submission. So if that's your concern don't let it be. 

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1 minute ago, Dr Long Shot said:

We aren't winning meaningless games this year. We are playing playoff teams with something to lose and division rivals at the end of the season so we will get jackhammered into submission. So if that's your concern don't let it be. 

Those teams will have clinched by then and have nothing to play for. We will be playing for pride and DQ will be coaching to save his career.

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