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Falcons not looking to make quick move on coach Dan Quinn

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank maintained an optimistic tone this week about his football operation and head coach Dan Quinn despite last week's blowout loss to the Houston Texans.

According to people familiar with Blank's thinking, the owner wants to see progress over the next three weeks before the Week 9 bye or changes could come, with Quinn among them.

Traditionally, Blank does not embrace midseason coaching changes. Despite the slow start to this season, the philosophy of judging at the end of the season is still the preferred approach.

As Atlanta (1-4) is set to face the Arizona Cardinals (1-3-1) today at 4:05 p.m. ET, the future of Quinn is coming into focus.

And according to those who know him well, this is where Blank's eyes are: If things have not improved after today's matchup and two back-to-back home tilts (vs. Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks), there will likely be some serious discussions in Flowery Branch.

As of now, sources say Blank has not had discussions about Quinn's future or how to proceed. But it's clear there is some concern, especially with his defense giving up 53 points to the Texans. With Quinn serving as his the defensive coordinator, the team is allowing the second-most points in the league.

Prior to the season, Quinn fired all three coordinators -- offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong -- and there is no other move to make to jumpstart the team.

When one team makes a coaching change -- as the Redskins did with Jay Gruden on Monday -- the football world begins looking for the next. It appears Quinn's seat is the hottest now that Gruden is out.

But barring a catastrophic loss to the Cardinals, Quinn likely has time to turn it around.

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17 minutes ago, red falcon said:

Hes never going to fire anyone during the season. What good will come from it?

What good is going to come from waiting until after another lost season is in the history books? DQ is as good as gone, why wait for the inevitable?

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2 minutes ago, 4dabirds said:

What good is going to come from waiting until after another lost season is in the history books? DQ is as good as gone, why wait for the inevitable?

 

Because it isn't going to make the team that much better after firing him during the season. There isn't time to really change much schematically by all of a sudden having a interim HC.

 

Might as well let Quinn play it out and let the chips fall where they may recording to the draft and bring in a new regime during the offseason.

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20 minutes ago, quotemokc said:

I don't even care anymore, we are top 5 in unwatchable teams this year.

100% agree.  And it really sucks we now have to wait 10 months to hope our football team is competitive.  It really sucks as I get older.  After 44 years as a fan, I’m starting to realize I may die before we get a championship,  just sigh....

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47 minutes ago, red falcon said:

Hes never going to fire anyone during the season. What good will come from it?

Saving his fanbase.

Remember, this is the FIRST moment of crisis concerning empty seats in MBS (excluding people getting to their seats late).

Blank may love Dan Quinn, but he loves MBS more. If Quinn loses these next 3 games, he knows there will be almost nothing but some opposition fans in the seats.

I think he will sacrifice Quinn to prevent that.

People say he won't fire Quinn midseason because what good does that do.

It's not just about the Falcons. MBS may be just as big, maybe bigger, of a consideration to Blank.

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5 minutes ago, DawnOfThemBirds said:

 

Because it isn't going to make the team that much better after firing him during the season. There isn't time to really change much schematically by all of a sudden having a interim HC.

 

Might as well let Quinn play it out and let the chips fall where they may recording to the draft and bring in a new regime during the offseason.

so what at least he not here anymore we not going to do good with him here so might as well just lose without him maybe so one else calling plays can help

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28 minutes ago, DawnOfThemBirds said:

 

Because it isn't going to make the team that much better after firing him during the season. There isn't time to really change much schematically by all of a sudden having a interim HC.

 

Might as well let Quinn play it out and let the chips fall where they may recording to the draft and bring in a new regime during the offseason.

Maybe the scheme isn't the problem. It could be the way the team is practicing the scheme that is the problem. Maybe the scheme just needs to be tweaked. We don't know. What we do know is that Dan Quinn's has a losing record since the SB meltdown.  DQ has had enough time to show that the Falcons should be living up to the lofty expectations, but instead the team is going backwards, despite Quinn's best efforts.

I myself don't see an interim HC as solving any problems either, but at this point in this dreadful season, I'd like to see some sort of change in philosophy as opposed to watching DQ stand on the sideline looking lost in thought, and then hearing how he is "Pissed" by the teams standings, and how they will have to get back to work to fix things. DQ has made enough decisions regarding defensive personnel, scheme, and coaches to make the team competitive, but things have only gotten worse. DQ's time is up, how many more losses must we all endure so that AB can give this man a gentleman's escort out of the building. I'm not heartless; I think DQ is doing his best, and I would love for him to find a way to get this team back on track, but it's been a steady descent for a while now, and I don't see improvement under DQ on the horizon.

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19 minutes ago, kenn.junior said:

so what at least he not here anymore we not going to do good with him here so might as well just lose without him maybe so one else calling plays can help

 

2 minutes ago, 4dabirds said:

Maybe the scheme isn't the problem. It could be the way the team is practicing the scheme that is the problem. Maybe the scheme just needs to be tweaked. We don't know. What we do know is that Dan Quinn's has a losing record since the SB meltdown.  DQ has had enough time to show that the Falcons should be living up to the lofty expectations, but instead the team is going backwards, despite Quinn's best efforts.

I myself don't see an interim HC as solving any problems either, but at this point in this dreadful season, I'd like to see some sort of change in philosophy as opposed to watching DQ stand on the sideline looking lost in thought, and then hearing how he is "Pissed" by the teams standings, and how they will have to get back to work to fix things. DQ has made enough decisions regarding defensive personnel, scheme, and coaches to make the team competitive, but things have only gotten worse. DQ's time is up, how many more losses must we all endure so that AB can give this man a gentleman's escort out of the building. I'm not heartless; I think DQ is doing his best, and I would love for him to find a way to get this team back on track, but it's been a steady descent for a while now, and I don't improvement under DQ on the horizon.

 

 

Wouldn't matter either way if the season is done.

 

Blank has never fired a HC during the season so I highly doubt that he'll start now. Even Dan Reeves was going to be fired after the season, but Reeves didn't want to finish out the season and wanted to be relieved of his duties after Blank told him that he would be fired.

 

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10 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

Lol. If the Falcons lose another embarrassing one, he will get fired. Remember the Jeff Fischer extension a week before they played Falcons in 2016? Yep he got fired next day. 

 

 

Blank has never actually fired a HC before the season ended.

 

Reeves asked for his release after being informed that he would be fired at the end of the season.

Mora was fired after the season.

Petrino left without saying much during the season

Smith was fired after the season.

 

I doubt Blank starts now.

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50 minutes ago, DawnOfThemBirds said:

 

Because it isn't going to make the team that much better after firing him during the season. There isn't time to really change much schematically by all of a sudden having a interim HC.

 

Might as well let Quinn play it out and let the chips fall where they may recording to the draft and bring in a new regime during the offseason.

Because if you are 100% certain to fire the head coach, the sooner you can organize your search and not have to hide it or be duplicitous in your answers to the public, the better.  While you are likely correct that firing the HC won’t help for this season - once the record and team are in the toilet for this season - then it no longer matters.   The next coach and the next few seasons do.

There is an advantage to starting the search early so when the window opens to interview coaches and having a target board - the more organized and decisive you can be as an organization.  Also puts players on notice that changes are coming and you might not be safe.  Sing for your supper.

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Whether we like it or not the Boss has spoken. Some interject their personal feelings but this came from the Boss mouth. I don' know if TD and DQ know how and are willing to fix this.

They are really set in their ways.

 

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1 minute ago, DawnOfThemBirds said:

 

 

Blank has never actually fired a HC before the season ended.

 

Reeves asked for his release after being informed that he would be fired at the end of the season.

Mora was fired after the season.

Petrino left without saying much during the season

Smith was fired after the season.

 

I doubt Blank starts now.

Depends. If AB thinks he can salvage the season, he may do it now. If not let D finish the season.

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2 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

Because if you are 100% certain to fire the head coach, the sooner you can organize your search and not have to hide it or be duplicitous in your answers to the public.   While you are likely correct that firing the HC won’t help for this season - once the record and team are in the toilet for this season - then it no longer matters.   The next coach and the next few seasons do.

 

Blank will be going against what he's done in the past.

 

He never fired HCs during the season. I doubt he does it now.

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2 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

Depends. If AB thinks he can salvage the season, he may do it now. If not let D finish the season.

To salvage this season, Falcons would have to go 9-2.   Not happening.

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