The Don™ Posted December 31, 2019 Share Posted December 31, 2019 Jeff Schultz of the Athletic went on a local Falcons podcast during the midpoint of the season and I made thread summarizing it...Well, I'm bored and he did another recently so here's Part 2 Arthur Blank doesn't put up with poor performance for very long. Reeves, Mora, Smith gone after a season or two of losing seasons in a row. Quinn was pretty much gone after the Rams game. There was discussion internally when to schedule the Quinn firing press conference during the bye week. Blank was talked out of firing Quinn. To wait until after the Saints game at least if things went wrong. The turnaround game was the SF game. It cemented Quinn staying. Blank pays close attention to what players say and what they think, especially about Quinn. Called him "players owner". "This isn't the same Arthur Blank". He has more patience and some say he's gone "soft". Blank not going to be as patient next year though. Rich McKay told Blank to slow down about firing Quinn in week 8 or 9 and there was nothing to be gained doing that. People like blaming TD but the problem wasn't personnel or lack of talent during the second half resurgence, it was coaching. The main issue was coaching, motivation and some players came into season thinking they were better than they were. It took the players seeing the 1-7 record and the threat of their "close buddy" being fired to wake up and do something. Players got psyched for NO game and a "light switch went on". Jeff S. doesn't think the second half record is necessarily going to impact next year. Cites the end of the '18 season "momentum" not carrying over into '19. Cites players he respects like Grady, Julio and other leaders that say seasons are independent of each other. However, he thinks the players that were complacent in the beginning of this season won't get "drunk on success" going into next year. Said TD admitted to him that they got comfortable and lackadaisical after the '12 season. Same thing happened among the players after the '16 season. Salary cap is going to be a problem. They banked on a lot of these big resignings and FA guards and they went 7-9 still. Doesn't think Campbell is returning. Will be overpaid on open market. They like Hooper but it's going to be hard to pay him 10 million or so a year. Concerned about Neal's back to back injuries and safety depth. Will have to hit on draft picks. Probably won't be able to make an Alex Mack type signing. Low budget signings only. Hates the Jamon Brown contract. They need more/better leaders in the locker room. Certain guys never stepped as leaders. It's always the same guys. Allen, Grady, Ryan and Julio. They need people in the locker room for when things go bad, there's someone to turn to. It isn't there consistently right now. Will need some budget, veteran leadership type FA signings. They're cheaper. In '16, defense was really young but guys like Freeney and Tyson Jackson would call out and correct bad play/behavior. Lacked leadership in '17 as well...hence the inconsistencies that season as well. That's it. Hope you enjoyed. Link to podcast Vandy, Porkins, Sportsman2593 and 26 others 29 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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