It’s been an interesting off-season for Dan Quinn and the Atlanta Falcons. Since the Falcons 34-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 30th, we’ve seen all three coordinators fired.
Two former Offensive Coordinators, Dirk Koetter and Mike Mularkey, have been hired by the Falcons once again.
If this off-season has taught us anything, it’s that Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn is on the hot seat and he is betting on himself.
In his defense, he had valid reasons for making these decisions.
Although, Steve Sarkisian produced two top ten offenses while in Atlanta, he was wildly inconsistent at times. None more evident than this season.
In their 4-4 start, the offense averaged 33.1 points a game and in their last three averaged 32.6 points. However, in the stretch that cost him his job, the offense scored 20 points or less in five straight losses.
Marquand Manuel had a solid first season in 2017 with his defense finishing in the Top 10. With major injuries to key defensive stars Deion Jones, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, the defense never recovered and gave up 3 game winning scores. Key games loss against the Saints, Bengals and Cowboys made the difference in the Falcons season.
Keith Armstrong’s Special Teams has continued to struggle since the Super Bowl season and it reared its ugly head against the Saints and Steelers with two blocked punts given up.
It was time to move on and DQ knew that.
He also knows that if next year isn’t any better, the Falcons will move on from him.
This year was supposed to be the year that the Falcons had a legitimate shot to host the Super Bowl in their city. That won’t happen.
This falls on the coach and he’s taking the necessary steps to get the Falcons back to the postseason.
However, his two big stars (Matt Ryan and Julio Jones) aren’t getting younger.
The clock is ticking on Atlanta’s Super Bowl window and maybe DQ’s job.