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The Atlanta Falcons will relieve head coach Dan Quinn of his duties this week, a source told The Athletic's Jeff Schultz on Sunday. An announcement is expected Monday or Tuesday. The Falcons fell to 0-5 for the first time since 1997 with a Sunday’s 23-16 home loss to Carolina. In Weeks 2 and 3, they became the first team ever to blow 15-point fourth quarter leads in back-to-back games, leading 39-24 at Dallas and 26-10 against Chicago before losing both. Quinn is 43-42 during five-plus seasons with Atlanta. He led the Falcons to Super Bowl LI after the 2016 season, but they blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history (28-3 in the third quarter) to lose in overtime to the Patriots, 34-28. Atlanta's next game is at Minnesota on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Why now? 

Tori McElhaney, Falcons beat writer: Well, if you'd ask any Falcons fans that question their likely response would be: "Why not sooner?" Perhaps the writing has been on the wall since last year's 1-7 start. Or perhaps it's been growing more pronounced since Week 2 against Dallas when the Falcons special teams unit had one of the biggest mental busts you'll see from a professional team this year. 

The writing was highlighted and underlined for dramatic effect when Chicago outscored Atlanta 20-0 in the fourth quarter to come back and win a week later. For Falcons fans, this move isn't a shock. It was already written.

What this means for the Falcons?

Daniel Shirley, Atlanta staff editor: The Falcons have plenty of time to make a decision about their next coach and their front office, as well, as they have the rest of this season before they can really make any moves. 

But you would think Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady would be coaches the team would look at. The front office will need to be addressed, as well, especially if the Falcons go with a first-time coach. 

General manager Thomas Dimitroff already survived a firing of Mike Smith, so Dimitroff’s future would be key here, too. At 0-5, you also have to start thinking about the No. 1 pick in the draft and if it’s time to start over with the franchise, maybe even Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

How can the Falcons turn this around?

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta senior writer: We can debate whether the Falcons' talent has been overrated in the past three seasons. But there's no question that many of the perceived core players on this roster have underachived. Some of that falls on coaching and scheme but a lot of it also falls on the fact the front office and coaching staff has made things far too comfortable for many in the building. 

Players love Quinn. That becomes a problem when they don't feel the need to excel for him. The chance of going from an 0-5 team to a playoff contender is next to zero, but Quinn's firing should at least get the attention of players and assistants. Everybody's job is on the line, and suddenly there's a need to impress the new boss — in this case, owner Arthur Blank. The Falcons have four beatable opponents coming up (Minnesota, Detroit, Carolina, Denver), but right now they're in no shape to beat anybody.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Goober Pyle said:

General manager Thomas Dimitroff already survived a firing of Mike Smith, so Dimitroff’s future would be key here, too. At 0-5, you also have to start thinking about the No. 1 pick in the draft and if it’s time to start over with the franchise, maybe even Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

 

I'm all for that. 

You're a great American. :tiphat:

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